I can only begin to imagine the difficult task that was at hand for the editing team at The Colbert Report when it came to working on the blisteringly funny two-part Maurice Sendak segment. How do you edit anything when everything the Caldecott-winning author and illustrator said to host Stephen Colbert was gold? Pure delightfully cranky, comedic gold.
Thankfully, the editors wisely chose some killer moments for the second half of Grim Colberty Tales with the Where the Wild Things Are creator, making for a most satisfying conclusion. That said, I could legitimately watch the refreshingly blunt Sendak square off with the unabashedly amused Colbert every single night on the show.
During last night’s installment, the wonderfully opinionated 83-year-old shared his thoughts on children’s books like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (“You should open up the door and say, ‘Get the hell out of my house!'”) and Colbert’s own in-the-works I Am a Pole (and So Can You). (“The sad thing is, I like it.”) Below, watch the full clip, in which the two sniff ink markers together and discuss Colbert’s future as a children’s author and illustrator. (“[It has] a terrible quality of ordinariness.”) But be sure to stay until the very end of the video to hear Sendak’s thoughts on e-books. It’s a classic, kids.
Have you ever seen Stephen Colbert have so much fun with a guest? I’ve certainly never had more fun watching. Between this and the brilliant South Carolina stunt, could this be the year The Colbert Report finally earn their long-overdue Emmy?