Stephen Colbert was the special guest at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds New York Gala 2012, which raised $1.4 million for DonorsChoose. The global non-profit organisation has also launched a special initiative to invite its global members to donate additional funds to support schools affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
If you watched the special live editions of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report last night, you already know that both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert revealed that Barack Obama won reelection to their studio audiences. Stewart told his audience about the win roughly five minutes after MSNBC and CNN called the election, as the Daily Show was in the midst of a recorded field piece starring correspondent Samantha Bee and then had to toss to commercial. There’s wasn’t much lag time, considering.
However, by the time Colbert’s show began at 11:30 pm ET, everyone in the nation knew that Obama had defeated Romney– everyone except the Colbert Report‘s studio audience. Last night on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS, comedian Pete Dominick host of Stand Up with Pete Dominick on said channel and warm-up comic for the Report, revealed that Colbert purposely kept his audience in the dark about the results. No one was allowed access to the Internet, televisions or their phones upon entering the studio. The idea was that Colbert would get an organic reaction from the crowd once he did let them in on the news. Dominick says at first the audience wasn’t quite sure whether Colbert was serious or joking when he informed them.
WARNING-This account is loooong, but it was about 6 hours long, well 9 hours including waiting. I like to include as much as I can remember. It may be choppy as I am writing stuff down as I remember it. I’ll try to give as much context as possible. I tried to film as much as I could of the backstage stuff that Stephen did, or anything interesting that won’t air. Photos are here and videos are here.
Here’s one pic that I took with my phone, the stage before the sun went completely down:
Here are a couple good photos. I need to go through the video I shot and grab stills because my camera, well, let’s just say we’re not on speaking terms right now. Although I did get almost 3GB worth of stills and video.
Here’s a shot of the stage. Pete Dominick was the warm up comedian: