Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly to Debate

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly will stage “The Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium,” a 90-minute debate from George Washington University in Washington on Oct. 6.

The event, to be moderated by E.D. Hill, will pit the Comedy Central host against the Fox News primetime star, who are often at odds yet have guested on each other’s show in what is generally playful sparring.

Tickets to the event start at $75 per person, and it will be streamed live for $4.75. Half of the net profits from the event will go to charitable causes. Anyone who pre-orders online before Oct. 1 will have a chance to submit a written question to be asked during the debate.

“I’m excited to debate Mr. O’Reilly,” Stewart said. “I believe this will be a very enjoyable night for fans of our programs, partisans and people who just enjoy yelling.”

O’Reilly said, “I had no idea my agent signed me up for this. How can I get out of it?”

In advance of the 2010 midterms, Stewart and Stephen Colbert staged the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, drawing about 210,000 people to the Mall in Washington for an event that called for improving political discourse.

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