From presidential power to Matt Lauer, Westchester gets its props on ‘SNL’

billhill.jpgThis weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with the setting of what viewers were told was the Clinton house in Chappaqua for a skit about Hillary Clinton hosting a Halloween party for fellow Democratic presidential candidates.

The skit featured the always-awesome Amy Poehler as Hillary and impressionist extraordinaire Darrell Hammond as Bill, and culminated with a Barack Obama impersonator removing his mask to reveal his true identity: Obama himself!

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams did a really good job hosting, and one of his shining moments was captured in an SNL Digital Short about his work day. Halfway through the two-and-a-half minute clip, Williams opens the window in his 30 Rockefeller Plaza office and pelts former Westchester residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker with pennies; Lauer earned a penny in advance for his thoughts, literally cursing Williams off for the act. Hih. Lare.

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George Bush talks about Obama’s ‘sleek, hairless pecs’ and Karl Rove proves he’s better at political machinations than he is at improv comedy


I don’t know what was more awkward…listening to George W. Bush talk about Barack Obama’s “sleek, hairless pecs glistening in the surfâ€? or watching Karl Rove transform into MC Rove and dance with NBC’s David Gregory and Ken Strickland. Ah, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner truly didn’t disappoint this year. Let’s start with Rove.

After an evening of awards and tributes, it was time for the evening’s entertainment. Improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood provided the yuks. First the duo had NBC anchor Brian Williams (who is truly funny) and a woman participate in a scene where they made various sound effects as the comics acted out a scenario. That was followed by Sherwood going into the audience and pulling Karl Rove on to the stage with him. Rove danced. He rapped. He made an awkward joke about Patrick Fitzgerald (the prosecutor who investigated him in the Valerie Plame leak investigation). There’s no adequate way to describe it. Just watch.


Before that, George W. Bush delivered a genuinely funny speech. This line in particular had the audience cracking up for a good 60 seconds:

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More Bush-at-the-“Laugh Factory” after the break, including, I promise, his vaguely homoerotic musings about Obama’s “hairless pecs.â€?
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Meet the Woodruffs

inaninstant.jpgAfter you get the chance to read InTown Westchester’s interview with Lee and Bob Woodruff — coming soon to a mailbox near you in our April issue! — you’ll undoubtedly have some of your own questions for the Rye couple. Lucky for you, they’ll be doing a live reading from their new book at The Ridgefield Playhouse on April 29.

After reading passages from “In An Instant” they’ll hold a Q&A moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams. The event begins a 4pm, tickets are $25, and proceeds will go to the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury. For reservations, call 203-438-5795 or go to the Ridgefield Playhouse website.

Connecticut gets all the good celeb sightings

Susie Costaregni’s gossip column in the Stamford Advocate, “The Dish,” never fails to fill my heart with celebrity envy. This week she’s got news on Bedford best buds Billy Baldwin and Chazz Palminteri dining together (again) in Greenwich, Mamaroneck’s Matt Dillon at Starbucks in Cos Cob, Brian Williams shopping at Mitchell’s in Westport, Derek Jeter dining at Valbella in Old Greenwich, and Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren doing last-minute Xmas shopping in downtown Greenwich.

Man oh man, why is CT luring away our celeb starpower? Oh, because Victoria’s Secret supermodel Jill Goodacre lives in New Caanan? Say no more.

“Just like everyone else, stars wait to shop until Christmas Eve” [Stamford Advocate]