John Oliver, Hugh Laurie, Michael Shannon, David Tennant Play The Beatles In Colbert Sketch

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.

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