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On Saturday, Comedy Central fake-news stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert greeted thousands of fans in Washington, D.C., for their "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear." Although the event originated as a joke on late-night comedy program The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the cause of restoring reasonableness to politics and media struck a chord with a lot of people -- including a line-up of celebrity performers. Among the rally's highlights:
- Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock performed a sincere duet written by Rock for the occasion, called "The Least I Can Do Is Care."
- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice recorded a video apologizing to America for flipping out on television! (Also submitting a taped apology: Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater).
- Ozzy Osbourne, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and The O'Jays performed a song battle of their respective "train" hits: "Crazy Train," "Peace Train," and "Love Train."
- Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy from Law & Order), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and R2D2 (yes, the robot) were among the celebrity guests who spoke, either via video or in person, to the crowd.
- Tony Bennett, John Legend, The Roots, gospel singer Mavis Staples, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy all appeared live to accompany the rally with music.
Of course, the main event of the rally was a debate between Stewart and Colbert, with Colbert playing his Bill O'Reilly-esque pundit character. The two comedians "argued" about how the media was distorting news and politics to turn Americans against each other. And then, to drive the point home, Stewart gave a from-the-heart speech encouraging the crowd to stop the name-calling and bipartisan bickering.
"Most Americans don’t live their lives as Democrats or Republicans or liberals or conservatives," said Stewart. "Most live their lives as people a little bit late for something they have to do… making little, reasonable compromises we all make... We have to work together to get from the darkness to the light."
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