Close Encounters of the Jon Kind
Name: Julie H.
November 7, 2000
Comedy Central Election Party
Janene (a friend) had heard
about this even when she had called TDS to try and get tickets for the live
show. Then a co-worker/friend of hers had a date with someone who worked
at Comedy Central and was going to the party. Janene asked him to see
if his date could get us in. He said he would call, so we went to the
PRT location- Roseland, a music venue- and waited outside. We also figured
that way, if necessary, we might be able to find another way in. We waited
outside for an hour & a 1/2 and discovered that this party was pretty hard
to get into. People who worked for Comedy Central, but hadn't RSVPed were
worried they weren't going to get in. Two people who were dressed up as
Bill & Hillary Clinton (& looked GREAT!) were turned away! There
was a list of names once you got inside and if your name wasn't on there, you
weren't gettin' in from what we saw. So we were getting ready to leave
when Janene's friend shows up with her Comedy Central date, Phil.
Phil tells us that's it's
not going to be easy for us to get in. They aren't even allowing guests
and the only way he's gettin' a date in is on an extra invitation his boss gave
him. BUT he says, I know two women who aren't coming tonight, you could
give their names. BUT the people checking the names are Comedy Central
employees so you run the risk of them knowing the people you are pretending
to be and looking like an ass. I said I didn't care, and Janene said she'd
give it a shot, so in we went.
Janene says her name first,
and gets marked off the list. I say my name and the guy kinda slowly repeats
it, "Marnie Sailing-Mayor...." and he's flipping through the pages, passes
the S's, turns to the guy checking names next to him and repeats it, "Marnie
Sailing-Mayor...." I see the name on the list and say, "There it is!"
And he replies, "Yeah, well, the problem is I KNOW Marnie. She works
3 desks down from me." So I say, "Oh. Okay. Well, someone told me
she wasn't coming tonight, and to use her name to get in. But I understand
if that isn't cool."
He: "Well, it's true. I
know she isn't coming tonight, but I don't have the authority to let you in.
Wait, talk to them (pointing to the desk behind me). Sarah! This
woman is using Marnie Sailing-Mayor's name and I know Marnie's not coming, so
will you talk to her?"
I turn around to face three
very annoyed-looking women. One of whom is obviously in charge.
In Charge Chick: "What is
Me: "I was told that Marnie
Sailing-Mayor isn't coming tonight and that I should use her name to get in."
Guy at previous desk: "I
know Marnie's not coming. She's definitely not."
ICC: "Do you know Marnie?"
Me: "I'm going to be honest
with you. No, I do not."
ICC: "Well, how did you
get her name? I'm just trying to figure out where this is coming from."
Me: "Someone I know works
with her and told me to use her name so I could meet them here. But if
it's not cool, that's fine, I understand."
ICC: "So, do you know someone
Me: "Yes. And I'm
being honest with you here. I totally understand and if it's not okay,
ICC: (looks at me for a
few seconds) "Well, you can go in. Since you're being honest, you
can go in."
Me: "Thank you (appreciative
and respectful smile)."
So that was it. We
were in. The guys were actually very nice and the woman was ALLLLLLLLL
business. I'm actually shocked that she let me in. I think if I
had been more attractive, she would've turned me away, but I was trying to look
as submissive and non-threatening as possible. So, it never hurts to try.
The party was very cool.
They had a HUGE big screen which was showing the live broadcast and then
election results from other channels. There were also numerous small TVs
all over the place with people huddled around watching and discussing the race.
There was a dance floor with people boogie-ing down. Open bar, free
food. Very cool party. Janene and I mingled somewhat and the people
there were very nice. Most of them worked for Comedy Central, but some
were affiliated with other orgs. I bummed a smoke off Lewis Black and
then kinda stood to the side of a conversation he was having with another guy.
Lewis was ranting about the whole election and Bush, Gore, Nader. He
was very 'ON'. He also talked to Janene's mom on the phone for about 5
minutes- it was very funny! Miriam Tolan was just kinda wandering around
early on in the night and Janene stopped her and we talked about how crowded
the voting places were. We interacted with the President of Comedy Central,
Larry, who was quite a character. Unfortunately, we didn't really make
any solid, worthwhile connections to be used later. We did end up hangin'
with the guys who almost got us kicked out and they were really nice. So
that's about it.
Oh! At one point Janene
and I were walking downstairs and we hadn't seen Jon Stewart yet. She
is walking in front of me toward the dance floor and she almost walks straight
into Jon, but doesn't realize it's him. He looked good- leather jacket
and baseball cap. He and Tracey were there for a nanosecond and I got
a glimpse of her as she was leaving. I really couldn't tell you much about
her except she is shorter than Jon. The front-desk guys said Jon doesn't
usually spend a lot of time at the parties. Saw Nancy Walls and both Stephens,
and Frank DeCaro. No interaction, though.
Added September 2, 2002.
Transcribed by Kelly.