On tonight’s episode of CBS’ Late Show, Stephen Colbert talked about Ted Cruz and Big Bird. 

You may be wondering why famed Sesame Street character Big Bird, and Texas senator Ted Cruz are being mentioned in the same sentence, but here’s what happened.

Last week, the CDC approved the vaccine for kids five to 11. The Sesame Street character sent out a tweet encouraging kids that it’s ok to get the shot. 

“I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.”

When the Late Night host mentions Ted Cruz’s name, the audible boo’s from the audience overpowered Colbert’s speech. Cruz didn’t like Big Bird teaching kids how to stay healthy. So he retweeted it with a comment about government propaganda for children. 

Colbert responded with “This is the craziest anti-vax Muppet outrage since they claimed Pfizer gave Swedish chef giant meatballs.”

To follow up this comment, the Late Night host had some choice words about what the senator had to say with a small Sesame Street reference.

“Senator Cruz. How should I put this? Our show tonight is brought to you by the letters F and U.”

According to Colbert Cruz and Big Bird do have something in common, especially using the way the politician acted during the Texas winter freeze over.

“They have so much in common when it gets cold, they both fly south.”


Watch the full opening monologue above.