LeVar Burton drops by for an impromptu visit with host Chris Hardwick on Thursday’s installment of “@Midnight.” He’s still flying high after his incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow.
He raised $1 million in less than 24 hours, and with 19 days to go as of this writing, he’s over $3.7 million raised, with a new goal of $5 million.
“You are all butterflies in the sky, in my heart,” he told the audience. And to emphasize the importance of the “Reading Rainbow” brand, he decided to show the audience the effect on a generation of kids who grew up without the classic children’s program.
He made his case by looking at the definitions of words found on Urban Dictionary.
He then posed a question to the panel of comedians: “How is the word ‘book’ defined on Urban Dictionary?” Possible answers included fuel for hobo fires, a coaster, a furniture stabilizer, and “an object your grandma used to hit you when you interrupt her viewing of an episode of ‘NCIS.'”
None of the answers had anything to do with reading, or gaining knowledge.