At the beginning of the month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a friendly wager: If the L.A. Kings lost the Stanley Cup to the New York Rangers, Garcetti would go on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and perform “New York, New York.” If the Kings won, de Blasio would have to sing an ode to the city of traffic jams and immobile, botulism-rich foreheads.
“Start spreading the news,” de Blasio said at the time, according to the L.A. Times. “It’s been over 20 years since the Stanley Cup has found its home in New York City, and we look forward to it making it’s way here.”
But that enormous silver spittoon was not to be ours: to no one’s surprise, the Rangers lost 3-2 to the Kings on Friday, June 13. Last night, our mayor appeared via satellite on Kimmel’s show to make good on the bet. It was uncomfortable.
De Blasio performed from the ABC studios at Times Square, and brought with him a group of children from the 52nd Street Project, a theater non-profit. Their cherubic little faces almost distracted from his singing voice. Almost.
Like most bets that involve a “funny” dare, it sounds mildly amusing in the abstract but is in fact cringingly awkward to witness. After the performance, de Blasio had someone hand out Gray’s Papaya hot dogs to the audience and promised, “This ain’t over.”
It is absolutely over.
Here’s the full video. Brace yourselves.