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Tired of Royal Wedding coverage? Scott Thompson’s Queen Liz is the perfect antidote

In television on 04/25/2011 at 11:51 am

Scott Thompson as Queen Elizabeth II courtesy of Comedy Network.

As I am writing this, Whoopi Goldberg is talking about Friday April 29’s Royal Wedding of Wills and Kate and wondering, with a flutey English accent, if anyone in The View’s audience gives a flying… well she didn’t actually finish the sentence.

Never mind that she was promoting The View’s coverage of an event that she was simultaneously ridiculing; that kind of freedom of speech is what makes America great, right?

But back to the Royal Wedding. Do you give a flying blank? Will you get up at the crack of Friday to watch? I will, as I did for Charles and Di back in the day. Who doesn’t love a wedding, especially one you don’t have to buy a gift and a dress for? Or have to sit beside some dork third cousin of the bride?

But the incessant coverage leading up to Wills and Kate’s wedding? No thank you. With one exception.

Ex Kid in the Hall and criminally absent from television Scott Thompson has pulled his Queen Liz impersonation out of the tickle trunk for a half-hour pre-Royal Wedding comedy special called The Queen’s Toast. It airs Monday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET on the Comedy Network and will repeat Thursday and Friday and be available online. Do check it out.

The setup is this: Riffing on the Oscar-winning King’s Speech, Queen Elizabeth II hires a speech coach to help her polish her wedding toast, lest she let loose with the slagging curse words that, she says, slip from her royal lips more and more often the older she gets. Her therapist? None other than Thompson’s most famous creation, lounge lizard Buddy Cole, who has … well, he has a new job and a fabulous new cape.

This extended skit is broken up with standup one-liners about the wedding, reports from a crude “royal correspondent” who is a former classmate of Kate and, most wonderfully, shots of the “TMZed” newsroom, with Thompson re-creating the TMZ managing editor Harvey Levin as a clueless sipper whose cultural and historical references are lost on his dopey crew of paparazzi reporters.

The Queen’s Toast, 8:30 p.m. ET Monday, April 25 on Comedy Network, is a fun little half hour and so good to see Thompson. More Thompson please! (Repeats are scheduled on the Comedy Network on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and again on the big day, Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. ET/PT.)

Denise Duguay

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