Friday, October 29, 2010;
The National Park Service says in its permit for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear -- a permit finally finalized and issued this week -- that "The Daily Show and the Colbut Report [ooh snap!]" will be "co-hosting a political engagement/entertainment event."
According to the Park Service, they're expecting 60,000 people (though, don't worry, the porta-pottie company says it's delivering enough loos for twice that crowd). The Park Service expects things to start to rev up around 10 a.m. and wind down at 5 p.m., though the official rally schedule is noon to 3.
The "activity," the permit says, "will include music, comedy and a 'rally.' "
Buried deep in the 60-page-ish permit, on page 22, is the "SHOW RUNDOWN":
10 a.m.-noon: Pre-Pre Show
Video montages/music will play on the Jumbotrons around the venue to entertain the crowd as they gather.
Noon- 1 p.m.: Preshow
12:00-12:40: The Roots will play for the crowd.
12:40-12:57: Comedian (TBD) will warm-up the audience.
12:57-1 p.m.: Video countdown & intros
1-3 p.m.: Show
1-1:05: Singing of the national anthem (musical guest TBD)
1:05-1:20: Jon Stewart welcomes the crowd
1:20-1:30: Stephen Colbert enters
1:30-1:35: Benediction by actor Don Novello
1:35-1:40: Poem read by actor Sam Waterson [that's the Park Service's incorrect spelling, not WaPo TeamTV's]
1:40-1:50: Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples perform
1:50-2:15: Stewart and Colbert perform
2:15-2:20: Sheryl Crow performs
2:20-2:30: Guest speakers make brief statements, both live and taped (TBD)
2:30-2:40: Musical guest (TBD)
2:40-2:40: Sanity and Fear awards -- pre-taped footage.
2:50-3: Stewart and Colbert's final statements
The pick-up of the last of the controversial porta-potties will be at 3 p.m. Sunday -- long after most of the participants in the Marine Corps Marathon, set for Sunday morning, will have run around town, including a visit to the Mall area.
No word on whether the corporate folks at Sanity Restoration HQ, Comedy Central, will welcome marathoners to its porta-potties -- marathon organizers made it very clear they did not want Stewart and Colbert fans using theirs.
-- Lisa de Moraes