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Watch Stephen Colbert Ritually Abuse a Royal Commentator

Deconstructing the Media's William-and-Katie Hype Machine and Overreaching Anglophilia

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Stephen Colbert takes high tea.
Stephen Colbert takes high tea.
So far on MediaWorks TV -- our new series of enlightening and entertaining (OK, mostly just entertaining) video clips of interest to media people -- we've shown you an excerpt from a fascinating documentary about the marketing of the Ford Mustang and a very funny blooper reel put together for the 1,000th episode of "The Martha Stewart Show."

Today, we're sharing one of our favorite segments of the month from Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" -- part of a three-part series titled "My Fair Colbert," in which Stephen Colbert confers with British historian and royal commentator (for AP Television News) Hugo Vickers in preparation for today's wedding of Prince Bill and Waity Katie. The segment starts with a quick succession of clips of TV-news numbskulls hyperventilating about what they call "royal-wedding fever," to which Colbert responds, "Yes! Everyone in the news has royal-wedding fever. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea and not having to talk about atrocities in the Ivory Coast."

And then he proceeds to utterly torture poor Mr. Vickers, who is obviously in on the Colbert-is-an-idiot joke, but still can't quite contain his extreme consternation at the hilariously crass and clueless line of questioning to which he's subjected.

If you're short on time, jump ahead to the 5:15 mark, when the real comic gold arrives as Hugo Vickers attempts to teach Stephen Colbert proper etiquette for high tea.

The entire "My Fair Colbert" series is the deftest, funniest deconstruction of the media's royally-induced hype machine and overreaching Anglophilia we've seen anywhere.

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. Follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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