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Considering I spent five hours at Comedy Central’s open-bar “Indecision 2008” viewing party, mine could, theoretically, be worse. I’ll share the highlights of my election night, you share yours.
• CNN calls Florida for Obama, Times Square erupts Annie Barrett and I were in a cab, headed down Broadway when we heard the cheers. And allegedly high-fived. (I should have cut myself off then.)
• Indecision Plinko! Judging by the line to play Plinko at The Park restaurant, I’m guessing Annie (pictured) was the only one who’s never heard of the famed Price is Right game. How it worked: Two guests faced off on matching boards. The one who scored the most points won an Indecision 2008 T-shirt and a Subway gift card. Annie was victorious (in her second match, against a Daily Show staffer).
• Celebs… eating! Among the stars we spotted at the party: Ethan Hawke, Seann William Scott, Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi, Flight of the Concords‘ Kristen Schaal, 30 Days‘ Morgan Spurlock, and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, and Lonny Ross. Memorable moments include my colleague Tanner Stransky following a plate of bite-size brownies… right to Hawke’s table. (I like actors so much more when I know that they eat dessert; Hawke also enjoyed one of the delicious cupcakes with Barack Obama’s face on it.) And, of course, Annie getting her moment with Schaal, whom she was most excited to see: “I said, ‘Oh hell no. Said I would stalk ya. Livin’ my dream,'” Annie recounted. “She just stared and said, ‘Thank you?'”
• Obama-Rama slot machines (pictured) and Indecision scratch offs We had zero luck on the slots, but we rocked the scratch offs. Translation: I’m now the proud owner of Daily Show and Colbert Report hats.
• The Un-American Buffet (pictured) Annie photographed the display menu as soon as she saw the words “elitist mixed greens.”
• We have a winner! Not suprisingly, to anyone who saw how many McCain-faced cupcakes were left on the servers’ trays, the party was pro-Obama. When Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert named our president-elect during their live broadcast, the crowd went crazy. Some people
my colleague Jennifer Armstrong teared up. Some people Annie teared up, then proceeded to text 15 people “F— yeah!” Most people stuck around to watch John McCain’s gracious concession speech and Barack Obama’s inspiring victory speech. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of the election, you have to love rooms full of people, standing or sitting in silence, looking up at TV screens, and watching history being made together.
More on the 2008 election:
PopWatch presents the best election-night soundbites!
EW’s Great Presidential Pop-Culture Debate with the candidates
Tina Fey retiring Sarah Palin impersonation
EW’s cover story Q&A with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert