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It’s been awhile since I’ve heard John Waters described as the Prince of Puke, but that’s how Stephen Colbert introduced him for the interview segment of The Colbert Report on June 28. The Prince was there to plug his new book Role Models, a book actually about Waters’ role models, including — as he says in the segment — Tennessee Williams.

In the interview, Colbert alludes to Waters’ shocking films, but never gets into the details of them, except for his most mainstream one, Hairspray. Instead, Waters gives personal anecdotes, particularly a very funny one about guest teaching a first grade class recently.

He says he played “plane crash” with the kids, which they loved. But, that’s also a step-up from his own personal childhood obsession with car crashes. Also, in his film Female Trouble, he has the child character Taffy (played by the adult Mink Stole) play car »

- Mike Everleth

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