Ferrell, Galifianakis dazzle Constitution Center crowd - briefly

Posted: August 01, 2012

Tattle was still snoozing Tuesday morning when Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis popped into town for a quick "campaign rally" stop at the National Constitution Center.

Fortunately, Tattle political correspondent Stephanie Farr was available to catch up with the stars of the upcoming comedy, "The Campaign."

Stephanie reports that like most political candidates, they showed up a half-hour late to their own event and spent most of their five minutes onstage schmoozing with local celebrities.

A crowd estimated at 400 had gathered at the center to catch a glimpse of the comedy duo, and were disappointed that they didn't debate each other, give any stump speeches or punch any babies (something Ferrell is seen doing in trailers for the new flick).

Nicky "Mustache" Grear, 16, of Maple Shade, N.J., was disappointed about something else too.

"I wanted to touch Zach Galifianakis' beard because I want to grow mine better," said Grear, whose full beard afforded him a dashing quality not seen on many teenagers. "I was a little sad that didn't happen, but I'll follow him around and touch it somehow!"

In case Galifianakis issues a restraining order, now you'll know why.

Ferrell ("Anchorman," "Old School)" wore red Ferrari gloves and sneakers to the event. Galifianakis ("The Hangover," the TV series "Bored to Death") wore a USS Constitution baseball cap and his awesome beard.

They were greeted onstage by three Eagles — Jason Kelce, Mike Patterson and Todd Herremans — and three Flyers — Zac Rinaldo, Sean Couturier and Matt Read — who presented the faux politicos with honorary jerseys from their teams.

Rinaldo had an unusual experience on the stage when B101 radio producer Blaire Kelleher yelled for him to "move" so she could see Ferrell and Galifianakis. Rinaldo, who's accustomed to people coming to see him, grudgingly obliged, though he did seem shocked.

"I mean he was blocking the reason we were here," Kelleher said. "He's a cute guy and all and I'll look at him all day, just not today."

Calling Ferrell and Galifianakis "visionary men," Constitution Center President David Eisner asked the stars to sign a commemorative copy of the Constitution, marking the 225th anniversary of its signing.

Ferrell put on a tricorn hat and lace collar and started to read the document.

"This is really long," he said. "Do I have to read the whole thing?"

Ferrell guessed that the Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could see who was signing their beloved document.

"But it's too late now," Galifianakis said.

And, just like a real politician (say Mitt Romney going to London and criticizing the Olympics), Ferrell was booed when he took a jab at the Flyers.

"Thanks to the Flyers, who didn't make it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year," he said.

J.P. McCaffery, who brought his 10-year-old daughter, Megan, and her 11-year-old friend, Courtney Olsen, to the rally from West Deptford, N.J., said he came because he believes Ferrell is the "funniest man around."

His daughter's friend disagreed.

"You know who's funnier?" Olsen said. "Justin Bieber."

A TV legend?

Penn grad John Legend has inked a deal with NBC's Universal Cable Productions, reported the Hollywood Reporter. Under the deal, Legend, his partners (and locals) Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius will develop shows under their Get Lifted Films banner for both broadcast and cable.

"Ty, Mike and I are really excited about working with UCP's Maira [Suro], Richard [Rothstein] and Chris [Sanagustin] and the entire UCP family as we take this next step forward in building Get Lifted. I believe we can do something really special," Legend said in a statement.

His first foray into TV was the low-rated singing show "Duets." He's also working on a music show for Showtime.


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— Daily News staff writers Molly Eichel and Dan Gross and wire services contributed to this report. Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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