On last night’s edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the late-night host recruited a slew of prominent actors and entertainers to help bring the ideas of a panel of “the most influential minds in the prized 6-8-year-old demographic” to life in a hilarious sketch dubbed “Kids Pitch.”
After an exhaustive session with the kids, Colbert’s focus group came to the conclusion that the new TV show they wanted to pitch would need to feature “very famous group band,” The Beatles (one kid, a young Beatles superfan, stuck to his Revolver when challenged on what their best album was). The focus group also came up with various thematic criteria including fighting and music (which, of course, means “rap battle”) as well as creepiness, aliens, Nick Cannon and Brooke Shields, among other things.
Following the adorable market-research segment, Colbert debuted the kids’ new TV creation, Strangest Things, Season One: The Golden Mysteries. The comically low-budget yet incredibly star-studded “show” indeed featured The Beatles—played in masterful deadpan by John Oliver (Paul McCartney), David Tennant (George Harrison), and Michael Shannon (Ringo Starr)—and, you guessed it, Nick Cannon and Brooke Shields.
But they didn’t stop there. Jason Segel, Kathryn Hahn, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jeff Daniels. Willem Dafoe also makes a featured appearance as the alien invader, Zylander Quark, who challenges Oliver’s Paul McCartney to a rap battle. You can watch the whole thing unfold in the clip below:
Strangest Things: The Golden Mysteries – The Late Show “Kids Pitch” Sketch
[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]