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GLAMOUR GIRLS: Carnegie Hall was the destination Monday night for a bevy of celebs, philanthropists, editors, designers and do-gooders, all of whom came to fete Glamour’s annual Women of The Year Awards. The show opened with lesser-known British comedian James Corden delivering an amusing, yet somewhat hackneyed round of jokes on the importance of women.

“I won’t tell you that there’s a reason why you all carry our future for us…you know about stuff, like gluten. For years, you’ve all been called the weaker sex, the fairer sex. That’s bulls–t,” Corden chirped before turning to the stars in the audience like Hillary Clinton, who he called his “weird crush every day” — a take on Tinder’s “weird crush Wednesday.”

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“My first wife Anna Wintour is in the audience and my second wife, Jodie Foster, is in the audience. I just thought we were both in it for the long haul,” he said, riffing on the actress’ sexuality. “But what is somebody’s body type?”

Over the two-and-a-half-hour show, Stephen Colbert and Whoopi Goldberg provided bigger laughs, as they presented awards to Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Clinton. One interesting moment came when Bruce Willis introduced award winner Samantha Power.

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Willis went off script, it seemed, in a bizarre, lilting monologue about his day.

“I read a little bit. I try to talk on the phone a little bit. I have two young daughters at home. I have five daughters at home and my wife and just me in the house, so I went to the park,” he said. “I had a great day in the park. I had a very nice day, a very nice day. And now I’m here hanging out with very powerful ladies and I’m humbled by that.”

Power came to the stage, giving a shout out to a trove of schoolgirls who were in attendance in what one audience member called the “nosebleed section” next to WWD.

“I am truly pleased to have the chance, particularly to speak to the young women in the cheap seats,” said Power, who squinted from the stage below as she looked up. “Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides.”

Comedian Amy Schumer jumped onto that line before she delivered a heartfelt tribute to Joan Rivers that left audience members talking afterward. “If you looked inside me, you’d see a UTI right now,” said Schumer before putting on a serious face. “I only met Joan Rivers once, but I’ve carried her as long as I can remember. She wasn’t a movie star or a woman in comedy. She was a comedian, and she wanted to be surrounded by people living in the same brave way as her, using their voices to communicate something they feel is important. I’m so grateful for everything that she did and refusing to shut up. And to honor her, I plan on never shutting up, too, except for right now.”

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