The Rally To Restore Sanity permit came just in time days ago. Now that the Rally To Restore Sanity permit has been approved, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are now officially allowed to spread reason and fear. But the wait has already made a difference, as Colbert’s lack of permits forced him to merge his march with Stewart. Yet there are now no more obstacles for both of them, with their respective movements now 48 hours away from marching. Thanks to the permit details, there is now a clearer idea on how they’ll do it.
Warning: Rally spoilers follow.
Fans generally don’t have an idea of how Stewart and Colbert will conduct things. They know that the show starts at noon in the Washington Mall, will go on until 3 p.m. est, and will be telecast on Comedy Central. Yet their actual routines, and who they’ve gotten to help them, have been largely kept under wraps.
But when the Rally To Restore Sanity permit was approved, the Christian Science Monitor got a hold of it and posted the details. The document finally reveals a more detailed schedule for the event and what kind of antics will occur.
For those who just came to see Stewart and Colbert, they will have to wait for about an hour. Beforehand, the Roots and an unannounced comedian will warm up the crowd starting at noon. At 1 p.m., an unannounced musical guest will perform the national anthem before Stewart finally emerges five minutes later.
According to the permit, Stewart will get 15 minutes to himself before Colbert comes out at 1:20 p.m. to Keep Fear Alive. In between Stewart and Colbert bantering, there will be readings from Don Novello and Sam Waterston, performances from Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staple, Sheryl Crow and more, and a pre-taped presentation of the “Sanity and Fear Awards.”
Although the schedule of events appears to have leaked, it doesn’t reveal everything about the show. There’s still mystery over what Stewart and Colbert will say and do, how many people will be there, and whether sanity or fear will win out. In addition, there is more than enough debate on whether the comedians can make this work, what their message really is, and whether they have overreached.
It has been a long and increasingly hyped route toward Saturday, and now the moment of truth is nearly here. The Rally To Restore Sanity permit may have helped paint a clearer schedule, but the event’s impact and results are still decidedly unclear.
Stewart and Colbert will wrap up their week on their actual TV shows tonight. Afterward, Colbert will join Stewart in Washington before their sections of the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear start at 1 p.m. est on Saturday.
Christian Science Monitor- “Revealed: schedule for Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear”