LCA Show Brings Down The House

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The LCA held its 112th annual gridiron show last night, first started in 1900 with a governor named Teddy Roosevelt.

Here’s AP’s write up from the show, which includes funny rebuttals from Sen. Michael Gianaris, state GOP chairman Ed Cox and Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Legislative Correspondents Association in Albany took comedic aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other politicians Tuesday night as they presented the 112th annual LCA Show.

The annual collection of skits and song parodies written and performed by reporters and former reporters is the longest-running political satire show by journalists in the nation.

This year’s show was titled “iGov.” It depicted a world in which Cuomo controls all of government including the Legislature and plays off his off-handed comment months ago when he said, “I am the government.”

The show includes a rollicking song by the full cast doing a parody of “The Age of Aquarius” from the musical “Hair.” But in the LCA version, the chorus skewers Cuomo as son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo and sings “Let the son shine in; Praise the governor.”

Andrew Cuomo, played by Albany Times Union reporter Rob Gavin, led the chorus, at one point extolling: “Praise me!”

In one skit, the governor speaks to his father about running for president — something Mario Cuomo famously considered aloud for months in Albany, but never did.

“When will these reporters stop asking me about what I’m going to do in 2016?” said Gavin, playing Andrew Cuomo. “It’s ridiculous! It’s idiotic! I mean, I haven’t even secretly picked out a running mate yet!”

“Listen son,” counseled former Gov. Cuomo, played by Michael Carrese, formerly of WMHT public television in Albany. “If there’s one thing the press loves it’s useless speculation.”

One song featured Gavin playing Andrew Cuomo bellowing out a reworded version of “C’Est Moi” from the musical “Camelot:”

“Albany! Albany!

I am the new Louis XIV

Kneel to me! Kneel to me!

Who is the government? It’s me!

The branches are nice, but do we need all three?

It’s time for a new transparency.”

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