September 17th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

National Parks Service negotiating with Stewart and Colbert

At the end of August, thousands showed up at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for Glenn Beck’s "Restoring Honor" rally, but with both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert planning their own rallies, who knows how many people will descend upon the District.

Stewart assured his audience last night, after announcing his proposed “Rally to Restore Sanity,” that “the forms have been filled out,” “the checks have been written,” and the whole event will last only “about two to three hours one Saturday in our nation’s capital."

Stewart said he's not aiming for anything wild and/or crazy, but rather provide an event "for some nice people to get together for fun, maybe some special guests and some great conversation...It will be like a chat room, but real!”

Colbert followed Stewart’s lead on his own late-night show, saying that he was hosting a "March to Keep Fear Alive." "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.”

A spokesperson for the National Parks Service told CNN that “the [Jon] Stewart and Stephen Colbert groups and a public relations firm have submitted one application for a permit on the Washington Monument grounds for an October 30th event.”

While that permit is still pending, the spokesperson did say that they’re all working to find a resolution for the proposed rallies. Who's already planning to go?

Filed under: Late Night comedy • television

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Colbert 4 Pope

    Just an observation: Nobody can spell anymore. Even you people correcting others' spelling are misspelling things. : (

    October 3, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rosebud

    I'll be there in spirit!!

    October 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. take it dwn a notch

    If anybody paid any attention in history class and the news, then you should know that public spending is the only proven way, only good thing about republicans are no abortion and no stem-cell research, and you guys must just listen to an insane guys one-sided opinion and go crazy over it

    September 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Syd113

    I would go but may have trouble finding a sitter. I'm glad to see someone, comedian or not, try to remind people to stop acting like spoiled lunatics just because they disagree with one politician or another. There was a time we discussed our differences and came up with answers no one completely liked but that worked. It was called compromise. "Take it down a notch for America!" ... I like it.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jennifer

    You have a typo–it is the National Park Service–no s.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ardsley "Toots" McHoul

    Sure, Stewart SAYS he's not aiming for anything wild and/or crazy. But I bet it WILL be wild and/or crazy. Because he is a WILD AND/OR CRAZY GUY!! OR BOTH!!

    September 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gin

    I was at the Restoring Honor rally and think this is a blast. Glenn Beck is a self proclained comedian. He refers to himself as a "rodeo clown". As for the rally, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Love the anniversary of "War of the Worlds". I'm sure that's why they picked October 30. lol
    Lighten up everyone.
    Just for the record, I never met a better group of people who were friendly, respectful, and open to everyone's opinions.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • uri

      yes.. open to other opinions as long as its there's. Fox news viewers simply repeat the opinion they hear on fox news.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThereToo

      Yes, I too look forward this rally! Glenn’s rally was very nice, the people were all nice the message was up-lifting but it was really, really, REALLY white! Looking for a better mix and definitely better music!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Elder Pliny

    You clowns just don't get it.

    YOU, and your loud-mouthed, uneducated, disrespectful, pathetic attempts to express your what this rally is about.

    YOU and your inability to acknowledge that other human beings have a right to opinions that differ from what this rally is about.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feel the Irony

      Self referential much? You can't simultaeneously berate people for attempting to express their "uneducated opinions" and villify them for being unable to comprehend that someone else might have a different one. Also, to which rally and which "clowns" are you refering? Your level of rhetoric seems incompatble with "taking it down a notch".

      September 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SKi137

      You do a hollow disservice to the true elder pliny. Those who call our president an illegal immigrant are in the shallow end of the pool. Be sure to wear your water wings and nose plug.

      September 18, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Ahhh, poor baby thinks somebody forgot their meds today, blahhhhhhh :-O

      September 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    How can they in good conscience pick that particular date? That happens to be the same date of national mass hysteria caused by Orson Welles and the radio program, "War of the Worlds". How can they ask Americans to relive that horrific experience?

    September 17, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. scott isler

    I think what WE have learned over the years is that comedians are some of our most obstute social observers. Be it Mark Twain, Will Rodgers, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Richard Prior, Eddie Izzard, or Stewart & Cobert. Long before there were political parties court jesters were able to tell kings something that others would lose thier heads for uttering. I am sorry the Repugnicans have lost thier sense of humor. Nixon was hysterical compared to todays baggers.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • cdf

      You couldn't be more right...and by that I mean correct, not, well you get it. The point of all this is comical, yet level-headed. It's literally a cry to American voters: "Use common sense.".

      September 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin


      September 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mosquemadness_dot_com

    I would attend the rally only they leave Stewart home. Stewart is disingenuous and he appeals to the lower instinct of unintelligent people. Steven Colbert on the other hand is funny and highly intelligent.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • WIDTAP

      Admit it. You are just afraid of Jon Stewart. I don't think you need to be afraid of him, but I still don't think you're Hitler.

      September 18, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. J Pardo

    Yes, *comedians*....unless you do really mean "comediennes", and then you would have to include Sarah Palin

    September 17, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anne Sawyer

    Um... It's National PARK Service. PARK is singular. I'm astonished by the ignorance of your writer/editor! Astonished!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jack

    This oughta be a hoot. Hope CNN is planning live coverage. Anybody who thinks they are not involved in politics is either too stupid to realize everything is political or some sort of apathetic herd animal willing to let the vocal minority run their life.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Charles Root

    Haven't we learned from Al Franken that letting our comediennes dabble in politics is a bad idea? Man the left is in panic mode.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Roberts

      *Comedians. And if Glen Beck isn't a joker, I don't know who is.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • reality

      lol....I don't think panic is the right word. When a much larger and more diverse audience shows up, it will be more obvious to the country that the T.E.A. party (Tacky Empty-headed Anti-diverse party) is the exception.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • JMC

      I agree Charles.......Hollywood hasn't learned yet that most people want "entertainers" to entertain and stay out of politics. If we want to hear that nonsense we'd turn on the "news" channel. So, just shut up and sing, act, or whatever and stop taking yourselves so seriously.
      If you want to voice your political opinions, do it on your own time, don't use your "celebrity" status as a vehicle to push your political agenda!! It's BORING!!

      September 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freeman

      What planet have you been on? Al Franken has been on of the best, hardest working Senators that DC has seen in DECADES.

      October 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |

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