None of the celebrity heavy-hitters on the tip sheet for Time’s 100 Most Influential People party, like George Clooney, Mariah Carey, Chris Rock, Lance Armstrong or Robert Downey Jr., chose to grace the red carpet. Unless of course, you would be so inclined to add presidential candidate John McCain! A plucky reporter standing next to me thrust his mic in front of the senator and somehow got him to stop and ask the reporter where he was from. To which he replied, “Japan.” McCain replied rather humorously, “Can you vote? I suppose not!”

Thank god for humor, because the SNL folks, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Kenan Thompson and Lorne Michaels all graciously mugged for the cameras. I was looking hopefully for my favorite, the hilarious Tracy Morgan, who has been known to show us his belly button, even though he wasn’t on the list. Alas, he was not in attendance. And after the SNL crew passed through, we faced comedic genius Bill O’Reilly.