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“The Cardinal and Colbert: Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life,” was moderated by James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest and author of Between Heaven and Mirth. The multimedia discussion touched on the relationship between humor and faith, framed within Catholicism.
The event drew more than 3,000 spectators and was simulcast in Keating Hall.
Colbert is the host and executive producer of the multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning program The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, which the The New York Times called “one of the best television shows of the year.” The show parodies the hyper-political conventions of television news broadcasting.
His book, I Am America (And So Can You!), spent 29 weeks on The New York Times’ best-seller list in 2007, debuting at and occupying the number one spot for 13 weeks. Last Spring, Colbert released a children’s book titled I Am A Pole (And So Can You!), which documents a pole’s quest for identity, and on October 2, 2012, he will release his third book, America Again: Rebecoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t.
Colbert first gained wide public recognition as one of the characters in Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Colbert was the longest-tenured correspondent on the wildly popular news parody show, playing, as he described it, “a fool who has spent a lot of his life playing not the fool.”
Timothy Cardinal Dolan was appointed as the tenth and current archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. He also serves as the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
An articulate defender of Church teaching, Cardinal Dolan is known for his charisma and outgoing personality. He combines an engaging personality with an articulate and passionate proclamation of the Catholic faith.
A friend of Fordham, the cardinal most recently presided over the Baccalaureate Mass in May, at which he received an honorary degree from Fordham.
Father Martin has been a frequent guest on The Colbert Report since September 2007. In 2008, Stephen Colbert promoted him from "friend of the show" to "Official Chaplain of the Colbert Nation."
Father Martin's book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything (HarperOne, 2010), was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of My Life with the Saints (Loyola Press, 2007), which swas named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2006.
The event opened with an animated cartoon (featured below) created by Fordham senior Tim Luecke, a visual arts major. http://youtu.be/tJDhcs3o8KU