He's done it before. Back in 2010 when the Tea Party Republicans helped overtake the majority in the House of Representatives, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart jumped into the debate ring with his co-faux newscaster collaborator, Stephen Colbert. Touted as the "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear," the event was well attended in DC. This go-around Stewart has targeted Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News talk-show host to help iron out some of the pressing issues of this year's presidential election campaign.
Dubbed, the "Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium," this debate is scheduled to take place October 6 at the George Washington University in DC.
Both men released statements Monday cheekily announcing their participation in the debate.
“I’m excited to debate Mr. O’Reilly,” said Stewart. “I believe this will be a very enjoyable night for fans of our programs, political junkies, partisans and people who just enjoy yelling.”
“I had no idea my agent signed me up for this,” O’Reilly said. “How can I get out of it?”
Stewart and O’Reilly will take political questions live from audience members as well as questions by host E.D. Hill, a contributor to CNN and former host of “Fox News Live."
Tickets to the event will go for $75 and $100. George Washington students will be allowed to purchase tickets for $25. The debate will be available via an Internet stream for $4.95 per view, at www.therumble2012.com. Half the proceeds will go to charity, according to event organizers.
In the graphic novel satire, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," Z-Man (aka Mark Zuckerberg) showed his displeasure with Colbert's performance at the last debate when Zuck was awarded the "Fearie Award" from Colbert. As Stewart doled out medals to people who opted to behave reasonably within what the comedian portrayed as a shrill political environment, Colbert mocked the effort by giving awards he dubbed "fearies." The awards went to people who helped increase the public's sense of fear.
Colbert awarded Zuckerberg one of the fearie awards for making Americans afraid for their privacy online. He also said Zuckerberg deserved the fearie award for giving people the opportunity to check whether their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend had begun dating someone much cuter than them.
Page from Facebucks & Dumb F*cks graphic novel
This go-around, you have to wonder which political contender for president is most deserving of a "Fearie?" Any guesses readers?