Halloween descended on New York like Hallowe'en upon a city Thursday, which meant the goons and goblins over at the Today show were up at dawn, peeling off their flaky reptile hides and stretching the skin of real people over their spikey, misshapen bodies. On top of that: a Halloween costume, as is appropriate for the day.
Weatherman Al Roker, taking a page out of Proactiv spokesperson Julianne Hough's playbook (the play the book is for is an 1865 production of Our American Cousin), dressed up as Julianne Hough dressed up as Mr. T. dressed up as B.A. Baracus from The A-Team. I pity the fool who doesn't enjoy this clever costume.
"The Man" Matt Lauer tucked his genitals snugly inside a pair of pantyhose and inserted a pair of fake breasts with pert little nipples into the women's one-piece he happened to be wearing, then realized he was dressed as Pamela Anderson dressed as C.J. Parker from Baywatch. Willie Geist suited up as David Hasslehoff's character, Mitch Buchannon. Carmen Electra was there too, although her nipples were not visible. You'd better Bay-watch your back if this crew comes to your Halloween party because they look great and will definitely steal things from your home.
A woman named Savannah Guthrie and one named Natalie Morales dressed up as cherished television characters Laverne & Shirley, respectively. They rode into the Today show plaza on a bicycle, and when they separated, Savannah was still Laverne but Natalie was once again just regular old Natalie with a weird haircut and dress and no other particularly distinguishing features. Schlemiel, Schlimazel, Natalie, and Savannah.
Two spooky witches, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, dressed up as a couple of friends who definitely don't want to stab one another until dead: Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble. They both looked darling and Kathie Lee got to dress up as the slightly more important character, which probably meant a lot to her. Viewers were treated to a touch of early morning comedy when the duo cracked a joke about drinking "pterodactyl tequila" in celebration of "Thirsty Thursday," a weekly holiday celebrated daily by Kathie Lee and Hoda. Yabba dabba do not drink and drive, ladies.
Just trying his best was Carson Daly, who rolled on set dressed as a police officer friend of CHiPS star Erik Estrada. Everyone was so exited to see Mr. Estrada. Good thing Halloween fun is not illegal.
See you next year, scary Today show friends.
[Images via @TODAYshow/Twitter]