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Last night was Banned in Boston, the annual Urban Improv show that has people like Mayor Tom Menino, Governor Deval Patrick, and Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton making fools of themselves for a good cause. Planned highlights of the night - besides Hamilton in drag as the queen - included "Seance in the Oval Office," featuring Patrick as President Barack Obama, Harvard Public Health professor Deborah Prothrow-Stith as Michelle Obama, Menino as Abe Lincoln, Jarrett Barrios as Gandhi, and the kicker - City Councilor Mike Ross as Elvis. Other numbers included a Sarah Palin parody, featuring Harvard Law prof Charles Ogletree Jr. and local performer Faith Soloway; and a fake newscast with Stacey Lucchino, Ernie Boch Jr., Boston Culinary Group boss Joe O'Donnell, and the Red Sox Foundation's Meg Vaillancourt.

Our favorite number? A song about The Boston Globe. Here are the lyrics:

BYE BYE GLOBE
(to the tune of Bye Bye Love )
Lyrics by Stephen McCauley and Narcissa Campion
© Banned in Boston ’09 [April 29th, 2009. House of Blues]

I dreamt I woke up
Went to my door
No Boston Globe there
An empty floor
They say it’s online
They say it’s free
You can’t spill coffee
On your PC

Bye bye Globe
Bye bye journalists
If you don’t exist
I think I’m a-gonna cry

Bye bye ink
On my fingertips
Pa-per cuts and rips
But still I like the feel
It has much more appeal

I don’t miss phone booths
I don’t miss fat
I don’t miss raising
My thermostat
But if the Globe dies—crime of all crimes
I’ll put a hit on the New York Times

Bye bye Globe
Bye bye journalists
If you don’t exist
I think I’m a-gonna cry

Bye bye ink
On my fingertips
Pa-per cuts and rips
But hey! I like the feel
It has much more appeal
It makes the news feel real
(very emphatic) The Times should make a deal!

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This blog features the latest local and national celebrity news from The Boston Globe's Names column team. Check back for the latest updates.
Mark Shanahan joined The Boston Globe in 2003, having worked previously at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall, and the Lewiston Sun-Journal, where he was the education reporter. A Northampton native and graduate of Bates College, Shanahan enjoys the usual - books, music, movies, etc. - as well as the unusual.
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Meredith Goldstein has worked for the Globe since 2003, covering everything from nightlife to New Kids. She keeps her eyes peeled for celebrity juice, and also writes Love Letters, a Boston.com blog for hopeful (and hopeless) romantics. Meredith chats about love problems every Wednesday at 1 p.m. If you see Justin Timberlake or someone like him at a local eatery, please e-mail her immediately. mgoldstein@globe.com
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