Faux conservative pundit meets grumpy old writer: if neither wins, America does. That's what happened when Stephen Colbert talked to Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report. Over two nights, Colbert sat down with Sendak at his home for an interview about all things. When he tried to step to Sendak, Sendak stepped right back. "What do you think of the current state of children's literature?" Colbert asked. "Abysmal," Sendak answered. When Colbert tried to claim that Sendak, as a gay man, could not have children, Sendak just laughed it off, aware/caring not of Colbert's shtick.
The first installment, in which Sendak rags on Newt Gingrich and talks about the pigeonhole he's been put into as an author, is pretty good, but the second part which I've embedded above is really incredible. Colbert reads his story, titled I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) to Sendak, who gives him a blurb to use for the cover: "The sad thing is, I like it." They later sniff Magic Markers while Sendak is teaching Colbert how to draw a pole, prompting the older author to burst into a screechy verse of "Remember Pearl Harbor." Try suck up all your laughter while you're watching at your work desk so you can go to the bathroom and vomit it out of your system.