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Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity inspires a Denver version in Civic Center Park

A group of Daily Show lovers in Denver are organizing a local version of comedian Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity on October 30 at Civic Center Park.

The Stewart event, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek response to conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck's Rally to Restore Honor in August, will take place in Washington, D.C.

The goal is to provide a reasonable forum for "people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat," according to the Rally to Restore Sanity website, "people who feel that the loudest voices shouldn't be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it's appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles."

Local organizers include Keira Havens and Kevin Smith, who met last Sunday at the Tattered Cover -- after meeting on Facebook -- to organize. The local version will cost $12,000 and may include a broadcast of the Washington, D.C. event.

So far, they've garnered more than 1,100 Facebook fans and $1,000 in donations at

"The main thing, and this is coming from all the Facebook people, is we don't want any political speeches, but we do want to invite all the candidates," says Smith, who is a freelance corporate-event planner. "I'd love to have Hickenlooper and Tancredo and have them shake hands on stage - something to calm things down a bit."

While the exact details are still evolving, the Denver rally will take place at 10 a.m. (in order to coincide with Stewart's Rally, which happens at noon on the East Coast), and Smith hopes to have musical performances and maybe a comedian or two as well.

"It's really exciting," Smith adds. "Everything I've ever done, the people who came there had to be there because they worked for the company. This is a way for me to apply my skills in a different arena. I really feel like it's the right thing to do."

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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