The web-only exclusive sprouted out of a conversation Colbert and his bandleader have about their mutual love of the PBS animated series. “Most people don’t know Ziggy Marley wrote and performed the theme song, so it’s always gonna be hot. Even Chance the Rapper covered it,” Batiste told Colbert.
Colbert replied, “Man, Arthur was such a good show. Sometimes I wish I could have been inside that show, you know what I mean? All animated and stuff. Singing along with friends, learning about cooperation.”
Following an awkward silence and Colbert’s “totally unrelated midday nap,” the host daydreams of entering the world of Arthur, where Marley performs the theme song alongside Colbert, Batiste and Chance the Rapper, who drops in to help reenact the show’s opening sequence.
Watch the original Arthur theme below: