During its "Overtime" segment, John Waters redeemed Friday night's flaccid episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," getting off one elegant riff after another, starting with his declaration that after watching the royal nuptials, "I want Camilla to be king!"

The rest of the show misfired because of terrible casting: humorless leftist Laura Flanders and would-be humorous right-winger Andrew Breitbart conjured a deadly anti-chemistry. (Deval Patrick, the Democratic governor of Massachusetts, left after an opening interview; on the panel, Republican strategist Mark McKinnon was the one voice of reason.)

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Flanders proved to be such a shrill scold that she derailed the comedy train at every turn, even after Waters came on to plug his witty, revelatory book, "Role Models," and helped Maher get some humorous rhythms going, mostly about Donald Trump.

But on Overtime (click here), Waters ruled. He was funny, sane and somehow both irreverent and courtly, whether he was talking about why the Duchess of Cornwall must be "hot" (after all, Prince Charles looked "really happy"), describing his one White House visit (during the Reagan years, when Lee Atwater gave him a tour), or declaring that people should treat voting as an opportunity "to cruise." Waters at one point dubbed himself "unblackmailable." He's certainly inimitable -- and, as a raconteur, unmatchable.

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