Maurice Sendak proves he is 'Where The Wild Things Are' on 'Colbert Report'
Late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert found his match this week when "Where the Wild Things Are" author Maurice Sendak visited his Comedy Central series "The Colbert Report."
During the two-part interview which Colbert named, "The Grim Colberty Tales," Sendak voiced his relative distaste for children, talked about politics, sniffed markers and helped Colbert to write his own children's book.
"I didn't set out to make children happy or make life better for them or easier for them," Sendak said of his (lack of) desire to write children's books. The author said he liked children ""as few and far between as I like adults...Maybe a bit more because I really don't like adults at all."
He also said that he didn't set out to write for children at all. Explaining, "I write, and someone says, 'Oh that's for children.'"
Colbert suggested that the 83-year-old write a sequel to his wildly popular "Where the Wild Things Are" called, "Where the Wild Things Are 2: Still Wildin'" featuring Vin Diesel. The author gave Colbert his blessing to write the book as long as it is "as bad as that looks like it is."
Sendak got a bit cheeky when he explained what "the wild rumpus" really means and Colbert showed the author and illustrator his edits to Sendak's controversial "In The Night Kitchen," which included removing all the nudity.
The hilarious curmudgeon went on to call presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich "an idiot of great renown" and "hopelessly gross and vile."
Colbert, 47, is known for his satirical news show on Comedy Central, "The Colbert Report." He made headlines earlier in the month after announcing his bid for "candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina."
According to People magazine, his entry wasn't a laughing matter, with Colbert polling at 5 percent in his home state, ahead of longstanding candidate Jon Huntsman.
The political satirist recently appeared in the Broadway show "Company," and he joked that he always thought he'd be a theater actor, living alone with his beard.
Watch Colbert's two-part interview with Maurice Sendak below.