Tuesday night “Butter” actress Olivia Wilde was at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square for Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 election night party along with a large partisan Democratic crowd. The gargantuan space had television monitors hanging from every corner turned to all the stations, including ABC, CBS, CNN, Bloomberg TV and PBS. The television set airing FOX news coverage seemed to be hidden behind a pillar.
The party crowd drank red-white-and blue hued drinks and munched on sliders, mac & cheese, risotto and dumplings. The décor was a riot of patriotic colors and decorations. Upon entering guests were given scratch off tickets by attractive women in blue wigs and sexy, red halter gowns. The loot you could win – and almost every ticket was a winner – could be redeemed for Comedy Central t-shirts, glasses and other branded stuff, which made for a nice touch and keepsake memories of Election Night. We especially liked the bobble heads of Mitt Romney and President although the prez’s head went fast.
Attendees enjoyed a patriotic photo booth and a half-elephant, half-donkey cake weighing about 300 lbs. Plush couches in the seating areas had pillows picturing copulating elephants and donkeys. The X-rated pillows were a hot item and guests were making off with them even as you leaned against them to watch the news coverage. Meanwhile, the DJ worked a mix of songs from the late 1990’s throwing in an occasional song by Adele.
Celebrity guests who mixed with the crowd included actors Adrian Grenier - in an Obama t-shirt, Wilde, Comedy Central political comics Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key from “Key and Peele,” Aasif Mandvi, Jessica Williams, Todd Barry, Judah Friedlander and activist attorney Chloe Cockburn.
Wilde carried on the patriotic color scheme in her fuzzy red hat and blue-and-white starred hand knit sweater. Someone asked if she bought the sweater for tonight’s event. “No, I knitted it when I was a child,” she cracked.
In between posing for photographs Wilde kept up a steady stream of tweets. At 10:59 she tweeted, “AMERICA! You have spoken! Women! You have been heard! Young people! You proved them wrong! Tireless Obama volunteers! I THANK YOU!”
At 11 p.m. the television sets were turned to the Daily Show’s special coverage of Jon Stewart’s “Election Night 2012: This Ends Now,” followed by Stephen Colbert’s “The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama?” Stewart announced the election results and Obama’s win mid-way through his show and soon waiters passed around the champagne.
At 12:30 am, after the broadcasts, Wilde tweeted, “Real talk: this country is amazing. We take for granted a peaceful transfer of power. No tanks in the streets (unless Trump is driving).”
The party was a blast but had a strange hallucinatory vibe; the mainstream news reporting with their team of “experts” and statisticians converged closer than ever that night to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show coverage and news reporting by their “best F#@ing News Team Ever” of funny faux pundits.
It was all a massive celebration and a little after 1 a.m. the well-lubricated election party guests left happily with their t-shirts, Obama bobble heads and fornicating donkey pillows.