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Politics, Comedy Collide At Annual Al Smith Dinner

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Some influential figures in New York politics, business and media gathered in Manhattan Thursday night for the annual Al Smith Dinner.

Guests including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo packed the ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria for the charity event hosted by the New York Archdiocese.

Comedian Stephen Colbert was the keynote speaker and he spared no one, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

"Earlier this year the cardinal came this close to being selected Pope, but he blew it in the swimsuit competition," Colbert joked.

"Our joy is high as we realize that our laughter is gonna bring smiles to children and their moms in need as $3 million goes out to the acclaimed programs of help and healing, education and service, through the acclaimed Alfred E. Smith foundation," Dolan said.

Mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota did not attend the dinner. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP