Stephen Colbert weds couple forced to postpone wedding due to shutdown (VIDEO)
The Comedy Central star also provides brief bachelor and bachelorette parties
Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert assumed the role of a church minister last Thursday when he married a couple who were forced to postpone their wedding due to the Government shutdown.
The host of the Colbert Report married Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le, a couple who had planned to have their wedding last Saturday at the Jefferson Memorial.
Colbert told the studio audience that the couple's inability to get married was causing a shutdown in his heart.
"I am actually an ordained minister of the American Marriage Ministries," he said, presenting a certificate from the organization, calling the title "the most prestigious ministry certification you can get online while also being on the toilet."
In a two-part segment he called "The 2013 Government Shutdown Wedding of the Century," Colbert packed an entire weekend's worth of wedding festivities into less than 15 minutes, including quick fire bachelor and bachelorette parties.
He even took on the role of stripper for the bridesmaids, shimmying around in the red robe he wore for his role as minister, wearing a police hat and brandishing toy guns.
During the skit the bride momentarily got cold feet before Colbert ran backstage and gave her a pep talk.
"Listen, if Mike is not right for you, we will blow out of here and go get tattoos, just say the word," the host told her.
The bride admitted she was nervous about getting married on TV, but Colbert quickly convinced her.
"Don't you ruin this for me, this is my special day, OK?! I have been dieting for like 15 minutes. …You're gonna be fine, you're gonna be great, but it doesn't matter because everyone's going to be looking at me, OK?"
The gittery bride eventually agreed to go through with the wedding and Colbert married the couple on his show.
Watch the wedding celebration below.
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