Are we having fun yet? The Alamo Drafthouse “Party Down” marathon recap

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
June 27th, 2011

I party'd down with the Alamo Drafthouse and all I got was this awesome poster.

It's a proven fact: the Alamo Drafthouse knows how to throw down a good party. Over the last two days (July 25th and 26th, in case you're still drinking), the Drafthouse Ritz turned Austin, TX into a Party Down weekend; actors Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, Lizzy Caplan, Megan Mullally, and creators Rob Thomas (he's an Austinite!), John Enbom, and Dan Etheridge came to town to party and sit for over 10 hours with 172 adoring fans (myself included) to watch both seasons of Party Down on the big screen. And before you think to ask, yes, we all had fun.

On Saturday night, the Highball (Drafthouse's party headquarters) threw a pre-party with the Neil Diamond cover band, The Diamond Smugglers; at the end of the night the entire Highball sang Happy Birthday to Mullally's husband, Nick Offerman (heard of him?), who turned 41 at midnight.

On Sunday, the Party Down marathon began at 10AM and the only non-hungover cast member, Ken Marino (I actually think he was just still drinking from the night before - a powerhouse), and creator Thomas introduced the marathon. After both seasons ended, the crew (sans Mullally since she was only in Season 2) came up on stage to do a Q&A with the audience. Our liveliest guest was Marino, who ran up and down each aisle and high-fived the guests (Scott joined him during Q&A round two). There was an excellent running joke throughout the marathon, poking fun at creator Thomas for accidentally quoting the famous Party Down line as "Are we having fun now?"

After the marathon, each guest were treated to an awesome custom Party Down marathon poster, created by Scrojo, and everyone headed to the Stephen F. Austin Hotel for a private meet-and-greet after-party.

To show what good samaritans they are, the Drafthouse donated some of theParty Down marathon money to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and Austin School of Film.

Everyone who flew down for the event were more than gracious to the fans and all seemed very grateful to be there. Thanks again to the Drafthouse for making dreams come true.

Hit the break to see the video introduction to the marathon and some awesome photos.

Photos by Jack Plunkett

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