EXCLUSIVE: Entertainers Sign Up for Jon Stewart's Rally in Los Angeles
Organizers of the Los Angeles Rally to Restore Sanity have secured several entertainers for their Oct. 30 gathering at MacArthur Park.
Comedians and actors on the bill include actress Kate Flannery of The Office, comedian Paul Provenza of The Green Room With Paul Provenza and comedian Jimmy Dore, according to organizer Amy Lee.
"A lot of wonderful people have stepped up and we are really excited to see everyone out there on the day," Lee said.
The event is a satellite rally of the Washington D.C. gathering hosted by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. The television host's event is a tongue-in-cheek answer to pundit Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny event at the National Mall in August.
The Los Angeles event has the blessing of The Daily Show and is one of several dozen satellite rallies planned for Oct. 30.
Earlier this month, organizers were denied a permit from the city of Los Angeles to use Pershing Square, located in the heart of downtown, because the event would have conflicted with plans to prep the square for holiday-season festivities. Lee, who is organizing the event with friend Ashley Wright, secured the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park last week.
The lineup also includes comedians Troy Conrad, Dylan Brody and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd and cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, author of syndicated comic strip "La Cucaracha." Kenneth Shapiro, a technical director whose credits include the Academy Awards telecast, will handle stage direction. Lee said more entertainers would be announced later this week.
"We still have a few people in sight that we have yet to lock down, but we will have some more special guests to announce," she said.
Lee and Wright have raised $9,000 – largely through the rally's Facebook page – and secured a LED screen that will be used to show a live broadcast of the Washington event.
Stewart's Washington event will be countered by a march from his faux-conservative foil, Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report.