Colbert at Al Smith Dinner

20 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The comedian took the dais on Thursday for his keynote speech at the Al Smith white-tie charity dinner, the annual gathering of New York’s Roman Catholic elite and didn’t spare any politicians.. “I have great respect for Cardinal Dolan , though I have to say, sir, it’s not easy when you are wearing that outfit. In that cape and red slash, you look like a matador who’s really let himself go.“On Thursday, Colbert—who teaches Sunday school and is viewed as a fresh, charismatic ambassador for American Catholicism, opened his remarks by declaring himself “America’s most famous Catholic.” “I know what the cardinal is thinking: Stephen, pride is a sin,‘Colbert said. “Well, Cardinal, so is envy, so we’re even.” Alfred E. Smith IV, the former governor’s great-grandson and master of ceremonies, noted the presence of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo who might be mulling a presidential run in 2016 and is planning to write a book. The title, Smith said, was going to be “The Sun Also Rises.” “But he can’t. Not because of Hemingway, but because of Hillary.”

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