Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are joining forces for animals everywhere.


Stewart-Colbert 2016, anyone?

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Breaking news, internet: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are planning a reunion on May 7, 2016.

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central.

Unfortunately, the two won’t be announcing a “Daily Show Part 2” nor will they be launching a Stewart-Colbert 2016 presidential ticket.

It’s a shame we’ll never know what those campaign rallies would look like (but one can dream).

Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images.

The pair will, however, be doing arguably the next best thing: fighting for animal rights.

Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images.

Stewart and Colbert are headed to the Montclair Film Festival together on Saturday, May 7, and the former “Daily Show” host plans to introduce “Unlocking the Cage.” Colbert is on the festival’s advisory board, and his wife, Evelyn, is the board president.

Unlocking the Cage” follows the story of lawyer Steven Wise, who aims to “break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.”

“Given that the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, why not chimps?” a film explainer given to Upworthy noted.

Photo courtesy of “Unlocking the Cage,” used with permission.

In the film, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Wise and his legal team argue certain creatures with advanced cognitive capabilities — like chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants — should be provided with certain personhood rights in order to protect them from abuse.

If it seems odd that Stewart is spending his retirement introducing animal rights films, you probably missed the memo on the comedian’s long-term retirement plans.

Stewart’s pristine, 12-acre property outside New York City has been transformed into an animal safe haven.

Last October, Stewart and his wife, Tracey, announced their New Jersey farm would become a Farm Sanctuary.


Farm Sanctuary — a group that raises awareness around the injustice of factory farms — has properties throughout the U.S. like Stewart’s where abandoned and rescued animals are housed.

We’re going to build new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement,” Tracey announced at a gala for the nonprofit last year about the Stewarts’ new plans.

(I never thought I’d be jealous of a pig until now.) GIF via CBS This Morning/YouTube.

It’s hard to fathom a Stewart-Colbert reunion that isn’t worthy of our attention.

These are the men who brought us the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, after all.

But a reunion to shine a light on our furry friends in need seems especially fitting for a dynamic duo with such big hearts.

(And I’m still holding out hope for Stewart-Colbert 2020). Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

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Thumbnail photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central.





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