Stephen Reader covers politics for It's a Free Country, WNYC's interactive politics site. He joined the station in 2010 and has also worked for Studio 360, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning show about art, culture, and creativity.
Stewart, Colbert to Rally at Lincoln Memorial
Friday, September 17, 2010 - 02:35 PM
Last night, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced that they would hold sort-of-but-not-really-competing rallies at the Lincoln Memorial on October 30th.
Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" will be the voice of reason countering Colbert's alarmist "March to Keep Fear Alive." It's a real-life satire of Glenn Beck's Tea Party demonstration called "Restoring Honor" held on the National mall this past August. And it brings Comedy Central's continued lampooning of absurd punditry and broken politics to a whole new level.
The Lincoln Memorial is America's soap box. Most famously, in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech catapulted the efforts of the Civil Rights movement, and it helped make the memorial one of the country's most powerful architectural symbols. It's without a doubt a solemn space for Americans, but not one the comedy world hasn't touched before. After all, Legally Blonde's cartoonish "Elle Woods" and the actual cartoon Lisa Simpson have both found inspiration there. Who knows if history will be made there on October 30th, but we can probably count on Colbert and Stewart being pretty funny.
This fall, our Peabody Award-winning series returns. Studio 360 will bring you stories on I Love Lucy, Jimi Hendrix's "Star-Spangled Banner," the Harley-Davidson, and that other piece of architectural Americana, Monticello (an episode that, coincidentally, features Stephen Colbert). American Icons picks up next week with the premiere of our one-hour episode on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Don't miss it!