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My Journey to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: The Prequel

By Kathleen Elise posted Oct 27, 2010 at 08:05 PM


The New York Times devoted eight clues to it in Tuesday's crossword puzzle. Oprah gave Jon Stewart's audience free tickets to it. Even President Obama has endorsed it. After much anticipation, the Washington Mall will be overrun this Saturday at noon with Stewart and Steven Colbert fans alike at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. When my best friend, who goes to school in New Jersey, offered to take me to the rally this weekend, I jumped at the opportunity. It was the sane thing to do.


In Praise of Sanity and/or Fear

Like many sane and/or fearful Americans, I was thrilled to hear about Stewart and Colbert's dueling rallies. For those of you who have not had access to satellite, cable, or the Internet for the last five years, Stephen Colbert hosts The Colbert Report, which airs new episodes from Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central after The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In the wake of Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally, each man announced he would host a rally of his own: Stewart, the thoughtful and rational one, would host a Rally to Restore Sanity, while the ever-zealous Colbert would put on a rally to Keep Fear Alive. The two eventually merged into one grand event when Colbert suddenly realized he could not attain the necessary permit to hold such a large public gathering. (Note: Colbert, who was a correspondent on The Daily Show from 1997 to 2005, was no doubt in cahoots with Stewart all along.)

For those of you unfamiliar with Stewart and Colbert, I'd like to present you with my two favorite clips of their work. Though both are from The Daily Show, I think the video of Colbert as a correspondent portrays his character pretty well. Plus, it's hilarious.

Watch: Jon Stewart

Stewart is famous primarily because he's funny. As he told Oprah when she asked if he would consider a career in politics, "My job is I make jokes. I don't solve problems. If my job became solving problems I would suddenly become a lot less good at what I do, unless the problem being had by the country was a lack of jokes." My favorite clip of Stewart, however, isn't all that funny. It's his first monologue after September 11, 2001, and it exhibits the other reasons people tune in to watch Stewart four nights a week: he is smart, eloquent, and honest. This video is likely to make your eyes water, but it encompasses why I love and respect Jon and The Daily Show:


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
September 11, 2001
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity


Watch: Stephen Colbert

Colbert was my favorite correspondent when he worked at The Daily Show. "This Week in God," "Even Stevphen"...even before The Colbert Report, Stephen was performing his infamous character with style. Though there are plenty of videos from The Daily Show and the Report that adequately portray Colbert's comedic genius, this one is by far my favorite. Classic comedy, classic Colbert, and I laugh every time. Enjoy:


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Prince Charles Scandal
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity


More Rally-Related Info

Considering how much they've been promoting the rally, Stewart and Colbert have been surprisingly mum on scheduled events. We do know, however, that Comedy Central will broadcast the rally live on television (check your channel listings, kids!) and stream it live at

You can get more information on Saturday's rally at or Each site has rally gear to sport this Saturday and meet-up sites where you can rendezvous with other like-minded individuals to travel to the rally or watch it on air.

Make sure to check back for a post-rally analysis next week, and stay sane/fearful.

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