Unlike Most Stories In The News Today, Jon Stewart’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ Is NOT A Hoax

September 17, 2010 |  by  |  Entertainment
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Politico funnyman Jon Stewart announced on The Daily Show Thursday that he’s going to lead a rally on Washington aiming to encourage angry Americans on both sides of the deep political divide to simmer down a bit, or in his words, “stop shouting, throwing and drawing Hitler mustaches on people other than Hitler.”

Unsure as to whether he was serious or not, as the basis of his show that centers around all things phony for funny’s sake, Stewart reassured his audience that the event, dubbed the “Rally to Restore Sanity” is real and will be held on the National Mall on Oct. 30.

Still don’t believe him? Watch for yourself:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity
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Stewart said the purpose of the rally will be to give the 80 percent of the country who usually “have s**t to do” a chance to rally … but for sanity, not rage. In contrast with Glenn Beck’s recent religious-y rally on Washington, where signs were openly discouraged, the Comedy Central funnyman urges marchers to go to town. He suggested a couple ideas, including “I Disagree With You, But I’m Pretty Sure You’re Not Hitler,” and “Take It Down a Notch, America.” (via PopEater)

In true Stewart style, when asked to explain why October 30 was ‘go time,’ he explained that, you know, “The Daily Show will be in Washington that week doing shows anyway,” and stuff.

Even if it is a joke, it’ll be interesting to see if people show, and what kind of opposition they’ll face when they get there.  We already know that Jon Stewart’s most loyal disciple, Stephen Colbert, is set to oppose the rally with his own “March to Keep Fear Alive.”

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
March to Keep Fear Alive
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Sadly, that one seems less fake that Stewart’s.


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  1. The headline is wrong: It’s not a “Rally to Restore HUMANITY” but a “Rally to Restore SANITY”: The Humanity thing was Glenn Beck’s gig.

  2. Darf! Fixed it! Glenn Beck must have jacked my password and changed it!

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