September 17th, 2010
07:46 AM ET
10 years ago

Stewart, Colbert follow in Beck's footsteps

(CNN) - Two Comedy Central funnymen are apparently entering into the partisan political fray with rallies of their own in the nation's capital.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have set October 30 as the date for their respective rallies.

On Thursday night's airing of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," the comedian announced plans for a "Rally to Restore Sanity."

"See you October 30 on the National Mall to spread the timeless message, 'Take it down a notch for America,'" he said.
Stewart dubbed the event a "clarion call for rationality."

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  1. La Piovra

    Actually, seriously, a clarion call for rationality is sorely needed.

    September 17, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  2. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    why not put them out there, because we have a comedy act going on constantly in Wshington anyway with Obama and Congress all the time.

    September 17, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  3. stevegee

    What's unfortunate is that so many young people watch these two liberal "comedians" and think they're delivering the news. In reality, they're both just a bad joke.

    September 17, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  4. William Jefferson

    This will actually be an event worthy of our nation. Not that garbage from the rabid lunatics like beck and palin.

    September 17, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. Marie MD

    You want to find out the truth about the lies faux news spreads and MOST of the important stories that the "real", and I might add important stuff, that news people don't cover? Watch Stewart and Colbert.
    The comedy shows that tell and show it like it is while making fun of the rethugs.

    September 17, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. Joe Sweeney

    Why do these guys sound more sane than our leaders? If only our politician's weren't bigger clowns than our comedians....

    September 17, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    One thing is for certain – the intellectual level of the Stewart/Colbert crowds will be a significant improvement over those that came to Beck's party.

    September 17, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. Uncle Sam

    Must be a Halloween Party for a bunch of spooks and freaks.

    September 17, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. don

    Both sides are in for a lampooning. Get ready Washingotn, it's been a while since you've seen anything like this.

    September 17, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Calling Jon Stewart a comedian is an insult to comedians around the world...

    September 17, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. ricky Atlanta

    Yes they are serious! Stop trying to cast a FOg over it and show as much reporting as you do for Teapartys and Beck!

    September 17, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    I really don't know what is going on in our nation with this fond affection of the looniest of candidates. Are we really THAT dim and favor lack of education that these type of folks can draw this much support. "Oh they are just like us" is the claim I hear over and over again. And what is worse none of them from Palin to Paul have come up with ANY solutions or plans to get this nation going in the right direction. I am almost at the point to say let these Tea Party folks and right wing extremist win and just see what they can do. If they do well then fine, but if they don't I hope the Dems and the rest of the nation that sees right through this can say "I TOLD YOU SO!" But if it fails then WHO are the Tea Party folks going to blame then?

    September 17, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  13. aneanderthal

    It is remarkable how many liberals think these shows and Keith Olbermans insane rants are real news shows. I guess that shows how the NEA and the other unions have suceeded in dumbing down Americans so they will vote for Democrat liberals.

    September 17, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. The Other Dale

    Find it funny or not, they do have a point – both sides of every issue feel the right ot act like a bunch of raving lunatics when it comes to their positions. It's time to start laughing at the commentators and politicians who are only trying to drum up attention (like Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, McConnell, the people behind the Tea Party, and even people like Michael Moore for the other side) and start getting things done again in this country.

    The only way to keep this country great is through dialogue and action. Screaming and tantrums by the nuts who don't care about facts are only going to destroy us.

    September 17, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Liz the First

    You go, guys! i love both of them. Stephen Colbert is just too good at what he does. so good that some conservatives actually think he's one of them. how dumb do you have to be not to realize you're being satirized? hope they have extra security at his rally if it happens, because he may attract a lot of wingnuts.

    September 17, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. connie

    i have a great sense of humor but now these 2 guys are to mock our politics because Beck had so many people there. give me a break.

    September 17, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Desmond in Canada

    Rationality? What has that got to do with Republicans, Tea Partiers out to lunch, Sara Palin, The "Newt", The "Rush Gush"? Etc>

    September 17, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. jim

    Nothing more than a couple of political hacks working for the democratic party posing as comics.The left and progressives love these guys .Obama is their hero.Remember how they were touting hope and change and blasting Bush.Nothing's changed !!!!!!

    September 17, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Really?

    Wow...I guess when you get desperate, just turn on the "Bat-Signal" and the entertainment mafia comes running. Having CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the big three in your back pocket just wasn't enough (since nobody watches them anymore...).
    If the Democrat policies were popular or even just tolerable, there would be no need for this mockery (just make the people we disagree with look crazy...its easy when you have a TV show...).
    I am totally sick of these people and wish that more Americans had the common sense to see through their sophmoric little scheme.

    September 17, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Daniel Schlafer

    Mr Stewart and Mr Colbert have every right to follow-up Glenn Beck's appearance on the National Mall , with their own . We all must agree that Beck's appearance was not the continuation of MARTIN LUTHER KING , first ? How vulgar can anyone get ? He used Fox viewers , played off Tea Party types , and religious conservatives for his own persoanl gain [ Sarah Palin had to introduce him at a rally in Anchorage ] . I suspect Stewart/Colbert will be just as outrageous ? Hope so at least ?

    September 17, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Jon Stewart for President in 2016!
    Stephen Colbert for Vice President in 2016!

    September 17, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Kevin

    Best show on T.V. and it's not even close. There's a lot of honesty in their humor. They attack the Left and Right Wing nut balls every night which gives me great comfort that not everyone in this country is crazy. Thanks boys!

    September 17, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    It's a heck of a note when the leading voices for sanity and reason are a couple of political comedians.

    In a country awash in fear, hate, and anger, maybe a good laugh really is the best medicine.

    September 17, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. lila

    That is something I would go too.. but i'm sane so I understand a need to deal with my own daily responsibility.. if I were nuts then I would chase a bus like a loyal dog just to hear my own craziness repeated to me from someone more crazy.

    Good luck to them, though. America is full of ignorant, scared, angry, emotionally manipulated people. They remind me of Christians who wish murder and torture onto others. Christians unlike Christ! There is a dark comedy found in it.

    September 17, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Ferret out the BS

    These guys make much more sense than Glen Beck. Besides a bit of humor never hurts anyone. This sounds like a rally to attend.

    September 17, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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