EXCLUSIVE: Jon Stewart Rally Expands to Los Angeles

6:09 PM PST 10/19/2010 by Daniel Miller
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Stephen Colbert (left) and Jon Stewart

Oct. 30 event is a satellite rally of the Washington D.C. gathering hosted by "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart.

Organizers of the Los Angeles Rally to Restore Sanity have secured the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park near downtown L.A. as the new home for their Oct. 30 meeting.

The event, which was originally to be held at Pershing Square until permit issues derailed those plans, 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.

Amy Lee, an organizer of the Los Angeles event, said she received a permit Tuesday afternoon from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The next step: securing comedians and other entertainers to round out the five-hour rally.

"We want Los Angeles to come out and represent as strongly as possible," said Lee, who is organizing the event with friend Ashley Wright. "We are looking for personalities -- anybody who wants to come out and represent sanity in Los Angeles."

The organizers have the blessing of The Daily Show, Lee said.

Roughly $6,500 has been raised for the event, largely through the rally's Facebook page. A main attraction at the rally will be a large LED screen showing a live broadcast of the Washington D.C. event.

Earlier this month, Lee and Wright 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.

Stewart's Washington D.C. event will be countered by a march from Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report. The faux-conservative foil to Stewart has aptly named his event the March to Keep Fear Alive.

Lee, who has long worked in the video game industry and is co-founder of an undisclosed startup software company, said that she and Wright decided to organize the rally after chatting over a recent dinner about wanting to make the trip to Washington D.C. for the main event.

"It just started out as something I thought would be fun," she said.

Lee said that announcements on the talent she and Wright are working to secure would be forthcoming. There are several dozen other satellite rallies planned, including events in Seattle and Chicago.

The Department of Recreation and Parks did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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