KPLU diversions
1:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis serve coffee in Seattle; crowd overwhelms event

To promote their new movie – “The Campaign” – actors Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis blazed into a Seattle cafe to stump for votes in their faux election campaign.

The two are touring the country as if mired in a real political race, though they are “campaigning” to represent a district in North Carolina. Below is a video of their event in Seattle.

The scene at the Local Color Cafe was a madhouse of hundreds of rabid fans and media as the two took coffee orders and attempted to make and hand out at least a couple of the drinks.

A photo published on Reddit by RonBossOfSauce of the crowd that swarmed the actors at Pike Place Market.

Even an hour before the event began, there was already a crowd of about 100 people lined outside the cafe, in the middle of the market and around the corner.

KPLU’s intern photographer Mallory Kaniss was ushered into the "press area" near the front counter of the cafe in what resembled something like a mosh pit of media teams and cameras. Here's her first-hand account:

"By the time the stars had arrived, the media neglected all sense of order and the press photo/video opportunities became a free-for-all.

"The few locals that were served by Will and Zach were brought in single file to order their drink of choice. However, it was difficult to hear anyone's order due to the roars from the crowd of 300 or so people crowded around the door and 50 or more inside (with, judging by photos published by others later, eventually a couple thousand in the streets around the cafe).

"After getting what shots/video I could, I was quickly told to leave out the back door of the cafe and make my way through the sea of fans."

According to the Seattlepi.com story about the stop in Seattle, other cities are getting more colorful events:

Among the trip’s highlights, Ferrell and Galifianakis will coach opposing teams in a ferocious tug-of-war contest at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Ft. Worth, Texas, which will later host an advance screening of the film.

At Chicago’s famed Wrigley Field, the two will throw out dueling first pitches at the Chicago Cubs/Florida Marlins game and, in Toronto, they will visit Canada’s beloved Hockey Hall of Fame, where their arrival will coincide with the arrival of the also-touring Stanley Cup. In Philadelphia, they will don tricorn hats and attempt to recreate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and finally, in D.C., pose for photos at the U.S. Capitol.

"The Campaign" opens on Aug. 10. Here’s the trailer:

And here is the movie synopsis from the official “Campaign” site:

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district.  Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. 

At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.

As election day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach that takes today's political circus to its logical next level.  Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there's room to dig a whole lot deeper.

The comedy "The Campaign" stars Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott and Katherine LaNasa, with John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Brian Cox. Directed by Jay Roach and written by Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell, from a story by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell, it is produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach and Zach Galifianakis. Amy Sayres, Jon Poll and Chris Henchy serve as executive producers.