Chief-Leader
Monday, March 30, 2015 5:30 pm


    

Governor Cuomo made it to the March 28 Inner Circle Show at the New York Hilton for the first time but didn’t stay past the cocktail party to listen to himself be satirized. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, on the other hand, stayed for the charity roast, in which he figured prominently in six of the second-act songs.

Mayor de Blasio in his rebuttal to the group’s send-up utilized Louis CK as his scabrously funny self-conscious telling reporters what he really thought of them. Julie Halston hilariously reprised her 2014 performance as an Upper East Side dowager with one word of advice for the Mayor: “Move!”

Prior to the Mayor’s performance, he was skewered by past and present political reporters in “Going to Pot.”

Starting with a chorus parody of Pharell Williams’ ‘‘Happy” as “Crappy,” they poked holes in his hyperbolic pronouncements on matters from the snow to his belief in Shelly Silver, while a clueless Mayor, played by WCBS-radio’s Paul Murnane, to the tune of Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” sang, “There is such joy in the air/Progressive fun everywhere.”

To the tune of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm,” Inner Circle President Henry Goldman of Bloomberg News, as Scott Stringer, sang, “I ain’t gonna push Bill’s agenda no more.” And ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, played by WNBC-TV’s Andrew Siff, offered a soulful parody of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

Mr. de Blasio’s troubles with the cops were reprised, with Terry Sheridan of 24/7 News Sources as Bill Bratton, to the tune of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” singing to the PBA leader, “You’re a bigmouth, Mr. Lynch/And you think you’ll push your luck/The Mayor’s here for three more years/A lefty, so you’re stuck.” WPIX-TV’s Dan Mannarino as PBA President Pat Lynch led a union chorus, taking off on “Blue Moon,” in singing, “Let’s moon, this Mayor’s head’s made of stone/He’s got no blue in his heart/He ought to leave us alone.”

As UFT President Mike Mulgrew, NY1 political director Bob Hardt joined with Carmen Fariña (veteran TV reporter Magee Hickey) in sassing Eva Moskowitz (Juliet Papa of WINS), singing, to the tune of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “She’s getting under my skin/Her chutzpah could make Madonna blush/Miss Hypocrite livin’ a life so plush...”

Two aides to First Lady Chirlane McCray, played by WNBC-TV’s Melissa Russo and Hazel Sanchez of WCBS-TV, offered a biting take on Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” arguing that Mr. de Blasio was all about his voting base, singing, “Yeah, it’s pretty clear; here’s what we’ve gotta do/Stay close to Sharpton Sharpton, his peeps elected you/Trash all those Bloomberg plans; talk about race/Keep all the right votes in all the left places.”

Act 1 of the show concluded on a cheerier note, however, when Chirlane (Jane Tillman Irving) suggested they give away all the pot confiscated by the cops and the opening chorus was reprised as “Happy,” with the advice, “Clap along if you feel like a buzz inside your chest/Clap along, it’s for real, that the cops won’t make arrests.”

Act 2 was set in Havana, where Assembly Democrats had gathered to escape Mr. Bharara. WCBS-radio’s Rich Lamb as Shelly Silver, to the tune of “When You’re Smiling,” sang, “When you’re stealing/And they’re squealing/Bharara comes for you.”

This newspaper’s Richard Steier, as Governor Cuomo, to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Angry Young Man” sang, “Well there’s never a place for an angry young Mayor/If he gets in my face then he won’t have a prayer/I will force him to beg, I will force him to crawl/Put his head in a vise ’til he learns to play ball...”

As President Obama, Jim Harney of the Daily News, to the tune of the Delfonics’ classic “La La Means I Love You,” sang of his Republican tormentors, “Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah sounds like Rudy...”