Talk show host Stephen Colbert married a “shutdown wedding” couple whose planned ceremony at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial was wiped off the schedule by the current government crisis. The Emmy-winning comedian conducted the wedding himself, on air, on the “Colbert Report,” says the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Oct. 4.
Mr. Colbert married the stranded bride and groom -- Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le – using his Internet-certified minister credentials, on his Colbert Report show Thursday night in what he called “The 2013 Government Shutdown Wedding of the Century.”
“Do you believe that love is bigger than this shutdown?” he asked the live audience. Of course they did.
But the show must go on, while government balks and love thrives. Colbert married the couple and then brought out Mandy Patinkin to sing the Jewish prayer the Shehecheyanu. He talked about new beginnings.
“Like a wedding,” Mr. Colbert said.
“Yes,” Mr. Patinkin replied, “And like the new season of ‘Homeland’ Sundays at 9 p.m., only on Showtime.” Never forget the commercial.
It turns out the bride is a huge Stephan Colbert fan. And the groom admires Mandy Patinkin. And friends and family flew in to join the fun, but without being told what was happening.