October 04, 2013 at 02:15 PM EDT

You know what? Maybe this government shutdown thing isn’t so bad after all.

First, a Top Chef starts giving all government workers (except Congress) free pizza. Then, after national monument closures wrecked dozens of couples’ wedding plans, a beloved TV personality decides to mend one of those couples’ broken dreams in the most delightful way possible.

Turns out that Stephen Colbert — the real guy, not just his TV alter ego — has been an ordained minister since 2011. And on last night’s Colbert Report, he used his magic nuptial powers to unite regular folk Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le in holy matrimony.

Of course, before the wedding itself, Colbert couldn’t resist hosting quickie bachelor and bachelorette parties on air, complete with shots and strippers. (You won’t believe who he hired to dance for the bridesmaids… or who Colbert found to be Mike’s best man.)


And if you thought Smokey the Bear was a big get, wait ’til you see who shows up in part 2: Audra McDonald! Mandy Patinkin!! [Suddenly, PopWatch is engulfed in a sea of old people.] In short — this is the best thing Colbert has done since this summer’s great Daft Punk dance party. I hope the government never gets back to work!

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