Fans of The Daily Show are likely already aware that Jon Stewart is coming to Washington, D.C. in late October. As you may recall, tickets for four tapings of Stewart’s popular cable news show went on sale and quickly disappeared a few times back in August, and many Stewart-ites were left out in the cold.
Didn’t get tickets? Good news. It just got interesting, and you’ll now have a chance to see Mr. Stewart anyway.
One of the better memes of the end of the summer involved the Reddit community and their efforts to lampoon Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally that was held on the mall on August 28th. The internet jokesters were trying to convince Stephen Colbert (the former Daily Show correspondent turned self-parody host of The Colbert Report) that he should hold his own “Restoring Truthiness” event. To prove to Colbert that they had good intentions by wanting him involved, the community also spearheaded the most successful online charity campaign of all time in raising more than $100,000 for schools through DonorsChoose.org.
Last night on his show, Stewart announced that he would in fact be holding a rally – the Rally to Restore Sanity – designed to promote rationality, flooding the streets with reason (or at least until 6, as he said, people have sitters). He even admitted that the significance of the date was really no more than its convenience (after all, Stewart had set his dates at the Harman Center for the Arts in Chinatown seemingly before the Reddit community got their idea), but give credit to the powers that be at Comedy Central for following through on the idea.
As described on the Rally to Restore Sanity site:
Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice.
Not to be outdone, Colbert’s in on the gimmick, with a “competing” “March to Keep Fear Alive.”
Sure, a lot of this is all “in on the joke” type humor, but it should definitely all be a lot of fun. Both events will be on October 30 down on the mall, and you can sign-up for more details at either of the two websites.