If you’ve recovered from your bout of Royal Wedding fever and since turned your attention to things more American only to realize you prefer the ridiculous pomp and decorum associated with courtship traditions of a millennia years old monarchy to mint juleps and labor disputes between billionaire NFL team owners and millionaire athletes with stunted lifespans and 3.6 year careers, than Funny or Die has a web series that can give you another bout of Anglophilic hysteria.
Will and Kate: Before Happily Ever After is an online original series from FoD that gives viewers a look into the lives of the now happily wedded couple in the days and moments before they tied the knot. Oliver Jackson Cohen takes on the role of an aloof Prince William and his fivehead while Allison Williams plays Kate Middleton as an apologetic significant other who is sensitive to her future husband’s whims and incredibly privileged upbringing.
Like most good celebrity spoofs, Before Happily Ever After works because it ventures into absurd territory while still keeping a foot on the even path of reality.
The character of a future king with zero domestic and pop culture sensibilities and an affinity for Snoop Dogg could easily succumb to overacting, but Cohen manages to make sure at least part of his Will remembers his pedigree. And in the moments he gets a little too wacky, Williams’ Middleton is there, with the fresh perspective of a commoner whose family started a multi-million dollar party supply website, to keep the good prince in check.