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Funniest signs and images from the Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert rally

October 30, 2010 |  4:17 pm


Comedian Jon Stewart, left, welcomes comedian Stephen Colbert to the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear on Saturday afternoon on the National Mall. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Musicians (backed by funk group the Roots) and celebrities mocked a variety of current events and trends, including political rallies. The Comedy Central cornerstones swore that this rally was not a political one, and pretty much kept to their promise.  

Many many photos and funny signs after the jump...


Tens of thousands of people crowded the National Mall to watch the comedy and listen to the music. So many attended that some left the event because they couldn't hear or see very well. "Let's just go back home + watch it on youtube," Julia E. Christian overheard and tweeted. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


One of the more ominous sights was comedian Stephen Colbert trying to induce fear in front of a giant papier-mache puppet of himself. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


And speaking of ominous fear, what modern rally would be complete without some signs featuring Adolf Hitler and variants thereof? (Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)


A Sanity supporter holds a sign with an image depicting Stephen Colbert as Adolf Hitler with "Say No to Fear" on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Even the 70s smiley face got the Hitler treatment in a satire of current political signs. (Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)


People wearing masks hold up anti-Republican signs in front of the National Gallery of Art. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Stephen Colbert's satirical stance to Restore Fear captured the imaginations of many in attendence. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


One of the more interesting moments on stage was when Ozzy Osbourne, left, and Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) performed "Crazy Train" and "Peace Train" respectively, then embraced for an unforgettable photo. (Photo by Reuters/Jason Reed)


Not all of the signs were comedic. (Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)


It is safe to say that most in attendance were left-leaning, like this bearded peace-loving man with a sign supporting President Obama. (Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)


Some of the signs were very professionally made. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


But most were handmade and hilarious. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Some estimates claim over 100,000 people were in attendance. Even some heathens made the trip to D.C. and brought a sign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Bashing the upstart Tea Party was prevelant. Maya Reiser and her husband, Alan Shakin, both of Bethesda, Md., walk through the crowd. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Jim Rothe, left, and Paul Fouschia, both of Cincinnati, were dressed as the Blues Brothers.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


A familiar-looking woman claiming not to be a witch was at the rally. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


And hey look, even Waldo was spotted in the well-behaved crowd. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


The signs that got the most buzz on Twitter were the more unexpected ones, like this sign that seemed to criticize the ability of big business and powerful lobbiest who often have more access to politicians than regular people. (Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)


In the end, the signs were mostly light-hearted and respectful. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Except for the one honoring this filthy Marxist. (Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)


-- Tony Pierce

(Bottom photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)