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Bill de Blasio enlists celebs to poke fun at himself at Inner Circle show

Mayor Bill de Blasio performs in the Inner Circle show

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Saturday night enlisted celebrity supporters, including actors Steve Buscemi and Cynthia Nixon, to help him poke fun at his tardiness, his low approval rating and other bumps he's endured in his first three months in office.

The annual Inner Circle show -- New York City's version of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner and an opportunity for journalists to "roast" the mayor -- featured one skit with de Blasio as a Jeopardy contestant competing against the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"39 and heading down to the teens by tomorrow morning," one clue read.

"The mayor's approval rating?" guessed Sharpton, played by himself. (A Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist poll earlier this month showed de Blasio's job approval rating at 39 percent.)

"What Carmen Fariña would call a beautiful day?" de Blasio answered -- "correctly." (The schools chancellor was criticized last month for using the phrase during snowstorm conditions.)

Saturday was Inner Circle's 92nd year. Past mayors have donned elaborate costumes in the third act of the Inner Circle show, a rebuttal to the first two acts put on by members of the press. Rudy Giuliani dressed in drag and performed with Julie Andrews. Michael Bloomberg was Spider-Man one year and a hippie another year and performed with the Broadway casts of both shows.

De Blasio was more conservative in his costumes. He wore a sweatsuit and practiced ventriloquism with Buscemi in one skit and put on an Afro, just like that sported by his teenage son, Dante, at the end of the show.

NBC's Al Roker, the Roots' drummer Questlove and actor Chris Rock were featured in videos for the mayor.

Weatherman Roker, who waged a Twitter war last month with de Blasio over the mayor's decision not to close schools one day despite blizzard-like conditions, was shown on the set of the "Today" show complimenting him. After someone calls cut and he is off-air, Roker then retorts, "Great mayor? What a freaking joke."

Buscemi in another skit as his "Boardwalk Empire" gangster character Nucky Thompson interviews with de Blasio for the post of czar of snow removal and enforcement.

""Are you suggesting I change my name because it sounds funny?" Nucky ribs de Blasio, who was born Wilhelm Warren.

At the end of the skit, in a reference to how slowly he has filled commissioner posts in his administration, de Blasio tells Nucky: "We're in no rush to make appointments."

First lady Chirlane McCray was also a part of the show. One break between skits featured several minutes of footage from the couple's wedding, with a long-haired de Blasio dancing goofily.

The Inner Circle's first act Saturday featured a cast of journalists portraying de Blasio as a Robin Hood-like character and his colleagues living in "Chirlane Forest."

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