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The theme of this year's Inner Circle Dinner, the City Hall version of the Gridiron, was "$pent," and Mike cooperated, with an extended skit with the cast of Spamalot that was harsher than any of the roasting the press had done earlier Saturday evening. The papers covered the main show, but there were a few details that didn't wind up in print.

They included Bill Cunningham laughing uproriously at a verion of Landslide that featured Patti Harris and Diana Taylor dueling over who really won the election for Mike and the Mayor taking a shot at Cheney (Mr. Vice President, you need a license for that," he says after a shot rings out.).

I didn' t see Freddy there, but he might have liked it. "I wish I had those ideas," Mike says at one point of some policy planks of Ferrer's. "You will," says Sheekey. The Mayor also describes his vast volunteer operation as "50,000 volunteers -- give or take 20,000."

The Sun and NY1 News were the media outlets taking particular shots from the Mayor: "I don't recognize you." "That's because I'm on New York One," goes one exchange. (Though I'm not sure not being mentioned at all is such a good thing either.)

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Anonymous says:

How much of the Inner Circle revenues actually go to charity? Whadda ripoff!

ANONYMOUS (not verified) says:

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about these puerile presentations is that actual reporters and pols think they're actually funny.

Anonymous (not verified) says:

Sort of like politicians thinking they actually govern and reporters thinking they actually report news, eh?

Blow It Outcher A..! (not verified) says:

Actually, you stuck-up bluenoses, the "Dancing Sikh to Sikh" number lampooning MTA workers and the number with "Andrew Cuomo" and "Mark Green" singing "Somewhere... there's a place for us" were both hilarious. Sorry you weren't cool enough to score free tickets to the dress rehearsal, you losers!

Anonymous says:

What about reporters and lobbyist singing and dancing together. Does anyone think that this Circle does not help lobbyist keep stories out of the press. Why no mention of Brian McLaughlin and traffic lights.

Anonymous says:

What about reporters and lobbyist singing and dancing together. Does anyone think that this Circle does not help lobbyist keep stories out of the press. Why no mention of Brian McLaughlin and traffic lights.

Yoda (not verified) says:

Brian McLaughlin was listed on the seating list but I don't think he showed up.

Anonymous says:

McLaughlin did now show up a bunch of kids were at his table

Nadya Buffon (not verified) says:

Get a life....making fun of a charity event. Sheesh. My gosh, reporters and lobbyists in bed. OH MY! As anyone who went would know, this show took a lot of work and time. The notion that it was written like in the last week and you could do a whole song and dance on the Brian McLaughlin stuff is just stupid.

Few were spared...much was funny. The Mayor's skit with the Spamalot cast was hysterical. No, I don't work for Bloomberg...didn't even vote for him.

the Patty Harris cameo was a belly laugh.

The "I couldn't go to the Apollo debate. It was a Jewish holiday...Simcha Felder day" was very funny. The 40% margin of error line about Quinnipac Polls was good. David Hyde Pierce's call to the Pope was a rip. The I don't recognize you---that's cause you are on NY 1 was a good laugh.

Get a grip. I am sure a great deal went to chairty. Many of us reached into our pocket to go. How cynical can you get! This was my first and it won't be my last.
And BTW, the Mark Green and Andy Cuomo duet was "Somewhere there's a RACE for us....". Very funny.

Anonymous says:

Every year the Inner Circle gives $75,000 to $100,000 to charity. There's not one paid administrative person. The members -- on their own time -- do the production, seating, writing the script, etc. Last time I went to the Gridiron dinner in D.C., they announced a $2500 scholarship as their contribution to charity. Unlike other organizations, there's not even a paid secretary. The only lobbyists in the organization are people who were once reporters and left the profession. You have to be a working reporter to join.

Anonymous says:

Lobbyist and corporate flack who control the press include in the inner cycle include: George Artz, Maurice Carroll, William Federici Tom Kelly, Mark Lieberman, Bob Liff, Steven Marcus, Marty McLaughlin

Anonymous says:

Yep the overhyping of campaign volunteer numbers, the stealing of other candidates plans and policies, the gross spending of money, and the skipping of the Harlem debate are all so funny.

Betsy Markum (not verified) says:

I can't believe it, my co-worker just bought a car for $44814. Isn't that crazy!

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I am sure a great deal went to chairty. Many of us reached into our pocket to go. How cynical can you get! This was my first and it won't be my last.

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