In Reunion Parody, TV Stars Stress In-Person Voting on Election Day

Zoom Reunion Parody - Publicity - 2020
Courtesy of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Tony Hale kicks off a "Parody Reunion Zoom"

Stars from 'Veep,' 'Community,' 'Orange Is the New Black' and 'The Daily Show' convened for a last-minute get-out-the-vote video to support the Biden-Harris campaign.

Stars from Veep, The Daily Show, Community, Orange Is The New Black, Toy Story, Meet The Patels, Westworld — and even an Avenger — convened for a last-minute push to voters to stress the importance of voting in person on Election Day in a Zoom parody that poked fun at the recent spate of TV and film fundraiser reunions being held for the Democratic Party.

The witty bit — which was written by film and TV producer Stephen Levinson, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green and Veep showrunner David Mandel — sees the slew of TV stars barging into one another's virtual reunions, thinking they were calling in for a gathering with their own show's cast. With each call-in, the reunion gets bigger and bigger — and more confusing for the participants.

The video begins as another Veep mini-gathering with Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky and Sam Richardson, but starts to veer off course when Hale’s Toy Story co-star Kristen Schaal joins the call.

From there, they are eventually surprised by the following slew of stars: Community's Yvette Nicole Brown and Joel McHale; Orange Is the New Black's Alysia Reiner, Beth Dover, Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver; Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer; Meet the Patels' Ravi Patel; Westworld's Ptolemy Slocum, Leonardo Nam, Angela Sarafyan; and The Daily Show's Al Madrigal and John Hodgman. There are also cameos from Tim Meadows and Mark Ruffalo, the latter who closes out the reunion when he shows up for what he thinks is another Avengers gathering.

"If we had someone else than President Overbronzer in the White House, we could stop doing all these endless Zoom reunions and could actually be seeing each other in person," sums up McHale of the (scripted) debacle.

The collective message from the group, however, is a serious one heading into Election Day — it's time to vote in person, and vote as early as possible on Nov. 3.

"Vote early if you can. Vote in person if you can. But mailing in your ballot is no longer a great option if you want your ballot to be received on time," stressed Richardson, in a message that was echoed by the other stars, who directed viewers to visit VoteWith.US for voting information in their state.

"If you received your ballot by mail, you can bring it to the polls and vote in person in nearly every state — except Kentucky," noted Chlumsky. To which Richardson added, "It's [Mitch] McConnell's home state — couldn't have guessed that one."

The "Parody Reunion Zoom" get-out-the-vote video for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris was released by the PCCC, which has raised over $1.7 million for 2020 candidates.

The parody reunion follows a stream of entertainment-related gatherings from casts such as The Princess Bride, Happy Days, Superbad, Seinfeld, The West Wing and, as mentioned, Veep and The Avengers. In the run-up to the pivotal 2020 election, Hollywood has found that these virtual reunions are both an effective and nostalgic route to raise money for candidates ahead of Nov. 3.

"One of the things that I think is very powerful about entertainment is that it is a way of bridging the gap," Mandel recently told The Hollywood Reporter when discussing the Veep and Seinfeld reunions. "No one from Hollywood is ever saying, 'You have to listen to us.' But if somebody is a Seinfeld fan who tunes in to the Seinfeld reunion, or if you are a Veep fan and tune in to one of our events, and if you hear something that you wouldn’t normally have heard in your news bubble or if it slightly changes your mind, that’s the effect. That, to me, is the power of entertainment."

Watch the video, which had racked up more than 150,000 views on social media at the time of this post, below.