Last Gulp: Images of Inner Circle 2013
Here are some images from this year's Inner Circle Show, which featured the mayor's 12th and final performance. In a sequence titled Last Gulp, the journalist-performers who preceded Bloomberg portrayed the mayor's final year in office around the theme of his attempt to ban large sugary drinks. There was also a giant asteroid in the shape of Donald Trump's face and time travel.
Also: a video of cops stopping and frisking people for drinking large sodas.
During his professional-performer-aided response to the journalists, Bloomberg made a joke about the Times being one of the "opponents of progress" always trying to thwart his initiatives, and about buying the Post after it ran an unflattering picture of him on the front page.
Not surprisingly, one of the most memorable lines of the night came from legendary NBC reporter Gabe Pressman. Dressed as Lincoln, he's presented with a list of the people running for mayor in 2013 and says, "Just shoot me now."
Tom Allon, who dropped his bid for the Republican mayoral nomination, was seated rnext to his onetime rival, John Catsimatidis.
Bloomberg sat next to City Council Christine Quinn for the duration the show. After the reporters performed, they posed with Andrew Siff and Melissa Russo, who played them on stage. Bloomberg quickly left and Quinn hung out for a while, taking pictures with people backstage.
I happened to catch this warm embrace between education-reform-advocating Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion and Michael Mulgrew, the president of the teachers union.
Andrew Siff of NBC once again played Bloomberg, complete with graying hair and nasal voice. They're about the same height.
As a tribute to the late Ed Koch, reporters played a clip of his memorable appearance on "Saturday Night Live" with Joe Piscopo in 1983.
In the clip, Koch, who isn't identified as the current mayor, jokes about how being bald has kept him in the same dead-end job for years.
The Legends: Pressman and 1010 WINS Stan Brooks sign a message board that was given by Inner Circle to Bloomberg.
Artist Danny Jones poked fun at Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie (top left), John Catsimatis (top right) and Howard Wolfson, Bloomberg and Quinn (bottom).
Siff and Melissa Russo, also from NBC, played Bloomberg and Quinn.
Here's NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly with UFT president Michael Mulgrew. On the right is transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Kelly and Mulgrew disgree on stop-and-frisk. Kelly and Sadik-Khan clashed before. Mulgrew disagrees with both Kelly and Sadik-Khan on Bloomberg's tenure.
Quinn sat next to Bloomberg. Also at the table were Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinaro and former mayor David Dinkins.
In one skit, NY1's Courtney Gross played Michelle Obama.
DNAinfo's Jill Colvin wore a Wonder Woman outfit to represent Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and possible presidential candidate. Colvin sang a parody of Call Me Maybe.
The Bloombergs and the Quinns.
Later, Colvin photobombed Bloomberg while he spoke to WPIX's Magee Hickey and others backstage.
Here was my view from the stage.
And later, my view, from the balcony.