What a to-do to die today

Stephen Col­bert inter­viewed Kevin Kline on the 27th of July 2010 epis­ode of the Col­bert Report. A lively exchange ensued with the high­light being a recital of the fol­low­ing, pre­sum­ably, theatre warm-up.

What a to-do to die today, at a minute or two to two;

a thing dis­tinctly hard to say, but harder still to do.

We’ll beat a tat­too, at twenty to two

a rat-tat-tat– tat-tat-tat– tat-tat-tattoo

and the dragon will come when he hears the drum

at a minute or two to two today, at a minute or two to two.

Inspired by The Col­bert Report. Words from Neo­logy.

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    This is from Gil­bert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, sung by the Lord High Executioner.