Most of the readers of this site are pretty high-powered Internet users. (You’re welcome. Flattery will get me EVERYWHERE.) You know what blogs are. You’ve heard of an RSS feed. Some of you have even posted links to “Tumblrs” on your “Facebook wall.” The point is, many of you have probably already seen Stephen Colbert’s two part interview with children’s author Maurice Sendak. It’s been posted on a lot of homepages. And it was also on actual TV. (Many of you are also comedy fans in general, and Stephen Colbert fans in specific, so it is just crazy how many bases have already been covered in relation to this interview and your previous chances of having seen it.) But if there is even one person who hasn’t watched it yet then this post is totally worth it because it is a TREAT. And if you have already seen it, see it again. Minesweeper can wait. You don’t have any important emails. Just watch it again! Stephen Colbert is at the top of his game in this, but Maurice Sendak is an AMERICAN TREASURE. We should all be so lucky as to be so comfortable in our skin, so disarmingly funny and sharp, and so assured of our moral core as Maurice Sendak at any age. What a fucking hero. Everyone else take notes.

Part One

Part Two

So great. McDonald’s should change their slogan to The Stephen Colbert Interview With Maurice Sendak because I’M LOVIN’ IT!

Comments (27)
  1. I have not seen this, so thank you, I will watch it now.

  2. The best Reporter/Children’s Book Author news event since Tom Snyder grilled Robert McCloskey on an 1975 episode of The Tommorrow Show about his thinley-veiled rebuke of the waning American agricultural system in Blueberries for Sal.*

  3. Honorary monster.

  4. I had also missed it somehow, and now my day has been made immeasurably better. Thank you! Now, back to Minesweeper.

  5. “It is a miracle that I have lived this long without having destroyed a person” is like, quite possibly the best sentence ever spoken ever. We should all get it tattooed on our butts or something.

  6. Everybody laughed at me for keeping a bag of circular cutouts of penis images, but who’s laughing now?

  7. Amelie Gilette had a whole segment about Sendak being awful on the Hatecast about two years ago. Shortly before GABE WAS A GUEST talking about Gwyneth Paltrow and angels.

  8. “But it has to be as bad as that looks like it is” is a gem.

  9. I was actually sweeping mines right before I read this post. Get out of my internet, Gabe!

  10. It’s a shame Stephen never got to interview Dr. Seuss:

    “So when you wrote Green Eggs and Ham were you really commenting on America’s unhealthy eating habits? C’mon, you can tell me. It’s cool.”

  11. Is this the same Stephen Colbert from The Daily Show?

  12. Oh my god, when Sendak starts scream-singing after sniffing the sharpie, I totally lost my shit. I’m at work, people! I had to choke down silent fits of uncontrollable laughter! I almost DIED.

    Then it happened all over again when Sendak had that great rant about eBooks at the end.

    R.I.P. me

  13. It’s all highly quotable, but I must reprint his very topical summary of Gingrich:

    “But Newt Gingrich is an idiot, of great renown–I’ll give him that. But there is something so hopelessly gross and vile about him, that it’s hard to take him seriously, so let’s not take him seriously.”

    That is the final word on Newt, as far as I’m concerned. Definitive.

  14. If you’re jones-ing for more Maurice Sendak (MORE-ice Sendak?!), quick read that is just lovely:

    • And check out all his Fresh Air interviews with Terry Gross– there are several of them and they are all FANTASTIC

  15. I could not stop laughing at this last night. “The sad part is I like it” is probably my new motto.

  16. The best. THE BEST!

  17. I’ve watched that segment at least 3 times in the past day. Maurice Sendak is pretty much the perfect guest to bounce off of Stephen Colbert’s character. How cute were they doodling and sniffing sharpies? Legends; both of them.

  18. Oh my god there are just so many amazing quotes here it is unbelievable.
    Maurice Sendak is an American legend. And what happened to the “I Am Pole…” story actually being kind of sweet and … good? Nice move.

  19. Can I get some Gifs up in this mother******?

  20. As an opera lover and a Sendak lover, I can’t even explain to you how excited I was when I found a book of the set designs and posters he did for a bunch of operas a few years ago. I almost threw up I was so excited.

  21. I had NOT seen this! Wooohooo!

  22. Oh, also check out Christopher Walken or someone doing a very good Walken impression reading Where the Wild Things Are. It is awesome!!

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