Stewart and Colbert's DC Rally Draws 215K

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Makes the Keynote Speech at the Rally to Restore Sanity

The numbers are in on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, and it appears that a whopping 215,000 people attended the gathering Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The crowd estimate was supplied by, who was commissioned by CBS News. The company, which based the estimate on aerial pictures taken over the rally, said there is a margin of error of 10 percent.

The last time a group rallied on the national mall was this summer when Fox News commentator Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally drew an estimated 87,000 attendees, according to

Signs and Satire at 'Sanity' Rally

After the event, the Comedy Central hosts said they are entertainers and the rally was not meant to be political.

Despite their disclaimers, the rally was in many ways a rebuke to Beck's rally, held just blocks away two months ago. Dominated by skits on "sanity," racial diversity and religious tolerance, the comedians blasted the press and pundits as they handed out comedic "Fear" awards.

"This was not a rally to ridicule people's faith or people's activism ... or suggest that times are not difficult or that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies," the "Daily Show" host said.

"Sanity will always be and always has been in the eye of the beholder," Stewart said. "Seeing you here today and the kinds of people you are has restored mine."

Though the rally, taking place just days before the midterm elections, Was billed as an opportunity for people to air frustrations with American politics and the media, Stewart had claimed that the event was meant as a satirical comedy event rather than a serious political rally.

But there were clear political leanings, with Stewart taking on lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

"We work together to get things done every damn day. The only place we don't is here," he said, pointing to Capitol Hill, "or on cable TV, but Americans don't live here or on cable TV. Where we live our values and principles form the foundation that sustains us while we get things done, not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done."

Stewart dedicated his opening statements to judging the racial composition of the crowd.

"As I look out here today I can see we have over 10 million people," Stewart joked. "What makes it even better is the color I see, the variety I see, it's the perfect demographic sampling of the American people."

"If you have too many white people at a rally, your cause is racist," he said. "If you have too many colored people at a rally, then you must be asking for something ... something we as a society are not ready to give."

Though Colbert was one of the chief stars of the day, he took a back seat to Stewart, who both opened and closed the event.

The mock conservative joked that he wanted to inform public whether they should cower in fear or die bravely.

As a comedic twist on religious tolerance, Muslim convert and musician Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), sang a mellow song, "Peace Train," periodically interrupted by "Prince of Darkness" Ozzy Osbourne, singing his hard rock anthem "Crazy Train."

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