NYC mayors turn to comedy at annual show


NEW YORK (AP) — Rudolph Giuliani donning drag. Edward Koch stepping out of the mouth of a man-eating plant. Michael Bloomberg wearing a harness and flying 20 feet in the air while dressed as Spiderman.

The annual Inner Circle, the New York City media's answer to the White House Correspondents Dinner, gives mayors a chance to let their hair down — or, just as likely, put on a wig — and poke fun at both themselves and the city they lead.

Their appearances, which attempt to earn goodwill with the reporters who cover them, also can help shape their image in the public eye.

Bill de Blasio will make his debut on Saturday.

The reporters will first perform a two-act show poking fun at the mayor. De Blasio will then give his own performance.

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