Without hyperbole, I can say, these two videos made me laugh more than anything I have seen in months.
I can never tell how much of the humor in Colbert's interviews comes from the editing, the wink-wink interviewee playing off of Colbert's character, or the straight ahead interview. The three blend and we are trained to experience interviews as informational. Using this platform for humor can be confusing, staged humor sometimes feels more real. I need to see some "real" interviews with Maurice Sendak.
Jon Stewart made the point bluntly and perfectly when he was on Crossfire. His show and Colbert's are comedy. They are not news programs. They are on Comedy Central.