Look out, Glenn Beck.
Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert announced on Thursday plans for competing rallies to be held Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall.
Stewart described his “Return to Sanity” rally as an attempt to tone down the level of dialogue in debate over issues.
“It will be like being in a chat room, but real,” said Stewart. He called the “million moderate rally” an attempt “to take it down a notch, indicating the two-to-three-hour rally will be “spreading the timeless message of ‘Take it down America.’”
"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," he says on his website.
Colbert, meanwhile, announced his "March to Keep Fear Alive” to be held the same day “to fight Jon Stewart’s creeping reasonableness,” and offering his own website. (Clicking on a big "Don't Click Here" button on Stewart's site takes you to Colbert's, and vice versa.)
“Now is not the time to take it down a notch,” said Colbert. “Now is the time to freak out for freedom.” He also warned that in the poor economy “Americans cannot afford to face reality.”
"Pack an overnight bag with five extra sets of underwear — you're going to need them," he says on his site. "Because, to Restore Truthiness we must always … Shh!!! What's that sound?! I think there's someone behind you! Run! "
The rally comes as Stewart’s Daily Show and Colbert’s Colbert Report finish a week of producing their shows in Washington.