Stephen Colbert is right about one thing: Halloween needs some jams. On Thursday’s episode of The Late Show, the host sought to fix that — with help from some friends.
“You know the one thing Halloween lacks? There’s no good Halloween novelty songs. There’s the ‘Monster Mash,’ but that’s like 50-something years old now,” he said. “We need a new one.”
Enter rap duo Run the Jewels and the ensuing collaboration, “The Halloween Wiggle.” Colbert kicks it off with a kitschy, ’50s sound reminiscent of the aforementioned “Mash.” When RTJ comes in, the song takes a sharp turn away from tradition. “This ain’t your daddy’s ‘Monster Mash.’ … I’m about to find out if you’re a treatie or a trickie.”
As if nothing happened, Colbert returns to his old-school sound. Run the Jewels’ verses become too much after they make an innuendo involving chocolate. Shockingly, RTJ took exception with Colbert’s instruction to “jack your lantern until the break of dawn.”
“[Rapper El-P] said Hershey h—!” Colbert cried foul. “He said Hershey h—!”
See the “Wiggle” above. The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.