In case you missed it, last weekend’s Saturday Night Live opened with a skit making fun of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s daily press conferences since Hurricane Sandy battered the city. Notably, the show featured Mr. Bloomberg’s sign language interpreter, Lydia Callis, who became a star thanks to her extremely effusive hand gestures and facial expressions, even earning a New York Times profile entitled, “During Storm Updates, Eyes on an Interpreter.”
Cecily Strong, playing Ms. Callis, took her interpretation to the next level with particularly wild hand gestures, for example, firing off shots with pretend guns in order to translate “police officers.” However, according to a tweet from Mr. Bloomberg’s deputy press secretary, Julie Wood, Ms. Callis “reports that many of cecily strong’s gestures on SNL last night were accurate ASL signs.”
“We just talked about creating tens of thousands of jobs and giving us a tax base so we can educate our kids, and that’s what you care about?” Mayor Bloomberg asked the first reporter who asked him if he’d be willing to host Saturday Night Live at his press conference yesterday on media industry growth, held on the set of the show. “That’s why we’re in trouble here, it really is.”
“I have not been offered and I don’t want to let anyone off the hook, but I do have an agent and he certainly will speak for me,” he continued to the audience’s laughter. “Do you have any other, more substantive questions sir?”
At today’s press conference on the set of Saturday Night Live touting the growth of the media industry in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg did his customary Spanish remarks after concluding his English address, much to the amusement of comedian Seth Meyers standing behind him and quietly chuckling.
“That was the highlight for me,” Mr. Meyers said in response to a reporter asking about it afterwards.