Somewhere in the middle of Stewart's monologue, he started to at last expand upon the "sanity" theme in a way he couldn't manage with the comedy, pushing a call for something much more meaningful: decency.
We've been documenting the Roots of the Rally to Restore Sanity, in an effort to demonstrate how, over the course of many years, the Daily Show has made a sincere and sustained effort to encourage a more sane and reasonable discourse.
Great comedy isn't cautious. Those who worry about Stewart embracing some new risk have it precisely backwards: the best reason to cancel the rally would be if all these comedians plan to do is play it safe.
For the next couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity/March To Keep Fear Alive by highlighting the ways in "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" have long advocated reasonableness.
For the next couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity/March To Keep Fear Alive by highlighting the ways The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have long advocated reasonableness.