Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: In a move toward the moderate, Colbert’s Comedy Central colleague, Jon Stewart, announced that he would host the Rally to Restore Sanity to ask America to “take it down a notch” from the extremist rhetoric in the mainstream media. Not to be outdone, Colbert countered with the March to Keep Fear Alive. The combined rallies drew a reported 215,000 people to the National Mall on Oct. 30, 2010, and featured guest stars including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Ozzy Osbourne.
While Stewart opted for some sincerity, Colbert went for the bizarre, dressing in American flag garb and creating a “Fearzilla” puppet. “I am simply raising awareness of potential dangers and then allowing an informed public to decide whether to cower in terror or to die bravely,” he said.