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September 17, 2010

Now Is the Time to Freak Out for Freedom

Colbert one-ups Stewart, proposing 'March to Keep Fear Alive' vs. 'Rally to Restore Sanity'

The aftershocks (well, maybe that's too strong) from Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington D.C. continue -- with a couple of comedy/commentators getting in on the act.

First, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart announced last night that he was going to hold a "Rally to Restore Sanity" on October 30 in D.C. Stewart said he wanted people "to spread the timeless message, 'Take it down a notch for America' A million Moderate march, where we take to the streets to send a message to our leaders and our national media that says, 'We are here! We... are only here until six though, because we have a sitter.'"

Not to be outdone, Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show airs immediately after Stewart's, called for a competing "March to Keep Fear Alive" -- also on October 30 in D.C. "Now is not the time to take it down a notch," Colbert said. "Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom."

Here's a beautiful thing: the official websites for the two events actually link to each other with a prominent button that reads, "DON'T CLICK HERE." I love it! Satire and irony are alive and well!

Watch both announcements in the videos below:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
March to Keep Fear Alive
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionFox News


I wish I could go. I'd wear a cassock and surplice with a sandwich sign saying "Onward Christian Moderates."