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Watch: Stephen Colbert’s Northwestern commencement speech

Stephen Colbert, with Jon Stewart, speaking at last year’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. He spoke over the weekend at Northwestern University’s graduation. (Michael S. Williamson/WASHINGTON POST)

Stephen Colbert spoke to the Northwestern University class of 2011 on Saturday, promising that “I am not here to talk about me. I am here to inspire you by talking about me.”

And that’s exactly what he did, telling stories about his own commencement from Northwestern (apparently he didn’t quite get his diploma on graduation day), what he learned from doing improv post-college and, of course, making the requisite inside jokes about his alma mater.

He also made a bold prediction about the future: because no one reads regular old books anymore, he believes the Northwestern library will soon be turned into a Chipotle.

Watch the full speech below, and keep an eye out for the woman seated behind Colbert who cannot stop laughing during the Comedy Central host’s jokes about a controversial Northwestern sex education class.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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