Filmmakers’ humor not appreciated in Bay Ridge

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Some Bay Ridge residents are fuming over the appearance of three guerilla filmmakers at a rally to save a historic church from demolition. Mike Rizzo, Mike Strandberg and Jay Liquori, whose satirical shorts about the Brooklyn neighborhood have gotten thousands of views on YouTube, recently participated in a rally in front of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. The 109-year-old church is slated for demolition to make way for condos. Rizzo, who calls himself “Mayor Bay Rizz,” banged a pot with a spoon and yelled, “We need to save the church!” Both sides of the Bay Ridge’s development battles could get to know the troupe well. “A lot of people get put off by us when they realize it’s a gag, but get used to us because Mayor Bay Rizz is going to be coming to your community board meetings, your events, and everywhere there is controversy in Bay Ridge,” Rizzo said. 

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