After a series of teasing pre-announcements, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced last night on Comedy Central that they would, in fact, host actual rallies on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Oct. 30, 2010. As Stewart pointed out, this coincides with the end of a week full of episodes The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will be broadcasting from the nation's capital.
So does this mean New York magazine meant this was the beginning of the Jon Stewart Decade? Because if you read the article, it sounded like they meant it was the end of it. Either way, great way to cap it off. I know where I'll be spending my Cabbage Night. Stewart will lead the Rally to Restore Sanity. Colbert will lead the March to Keep Fear Alive.
As you may recall, FOX News guy Glenn Beck recently held a big rally in D.C. and invited Sarah Palin to spread their own messages to the masses. Here's a quote from the NY Mag cover piece on Stewart that is about his visit to CNN's Crossfire several years ago, but applies here, too:
‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs been misconstrued is the idea that I‚Äôm saying I‚Äôm ‚Äòjust a comedian.‚Äô I‚Äôm not saying I‚Äôm just a comedian. I think comedy is harder than what they do. We have to process things in a manner that‚Äôs more thoughtful.‚Äù
OK. Here's the video of Stewart announcing his rally.
And then, after President Bill Clinton gave a lengthy interview to Stewart, Colbert followed with his own program and his own announcement.