Jon Stewart’s "Rally to Restore Sanity" is meant as a way to send up today’s extreme political discourse, but many fans of the Comedy Central host are taking the Oct. 30 event seriously, reports Matea Gold in the Los Angeles Times.
With fellow Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert planning a counter-protest called a "March to Keep Fear Alive" at the same time, fans are booking their tickets to Washington, D.C., the story says. More than 140,000 people have said they’ll attend, according to the event’s Facebook page.
But since Stewart is a comedian, rather than a politician, it’s not clear what political benefit attendees will receive from the event, the story says. People involved in planning the rally say it’ll be about entertainment, not a political action rally, the article adds.