Mayor Bloomberg Thinks He Should Have Played Himself on SNL

By Jill Colvin on October 17, 2011 5:44pm 

MANHATTAN — Who needs Fred Armisen?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks he could have done just as good a job as the Saturday Night Live funnyman in this weekend's skit skewering his handling of the Occupy Wall Street saga.

Bloomberg said he was disappointed that the show’s head honcho, Lorne Michaels, didn’t invite him to appear on the show when the two were together two weeks ago catching a Yankees game.

“He does not need to go and get someone to impersonate me. I have my SAG card. I’ve done this a number of times,” the mayor joked to reporters at a Monday press conference in Queens, when asked what he thought of the spoof.

“My agent could have negotiated a rate with him that he could afford to do,” the mayor assured.

Armisen’s Bloomberg impersonation, which opened Saturday's episode, urged protesters to take in a Broadway show while in the city and promised to treat them with dignity and respect, with one caveat.

“The second, and I mean the second I see a demonstrator lighting up a cigarette we’re moving in,” he said.

Armisen's character even appeared to defend at least one aspect of the now-infamous pepper-spraying incident in which women protesters were maced while standing behind a police barricade in Union Square.

“All pepper spray was made from pure, 100 percent cayenne pepper without any added oil or trans fats and was completely salt free," Armisen deadpanned, poking fun at the mayor’s crusades to rid menus of those potential health threats.

The mayor has made numerous television appearances, including, most recently, playing himself on the series finale of the HBO hit "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

He’s also been in several movies, including the "Adjustment Bureau" with Matt Damon, and "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa."

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