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Colbert, Groban at 9/11 Memorial Benefit Dinner: Scene

By Amanda Gordon - 2012-09-07T18:37:29Z

Photograph by Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

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Colbert Quips

Stephen Colbert gestured toward an empty chair to introduce his co-host, Clint Eastwood. He also teased guests about the event falling on the second night of the Democratic National Convention. "All of us here tonight share the same noble purpose of not watching the DNC," Colbert declared.

He made one joke about the financial crisis, specifically mortgages, telling guests they'd be eating "sub-prime rib, a meal bundled from other dinners." The meal turned out to be braised short ribs and a bundle of asparagus with leeks.