On April 5, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone popped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to promote “The Boss.”
When talking with Colbert about the shows the husband and wife comedy duo enjoy watching as a family, they listed housing and cooking shows, such as "Chopped," a Food Network cooking game show in which chefs take a mystery basket of ingredients and create dishes that are judged on not only taste, but also presentation and creativity.
Fortunately for the couple, Colbert also enjoys the show, as “it’s on [his] DVR more than anything else.” After asking McCarthy and Falcone if they would ever want to be on Chopped, Colbert explained how much he would enjoy be able to do something similar on his show.
However, as Chopped is an hour long, there’s just one problem he would need to address in order to do so.
"We’d have to take everything that happens in Chopped and just smoosh it down into four minutes or something like that," Colbert said.
Therefore, the couple became the first contestants in “Smooshed,” Colbert’s version of a cooking show competition.
With one minute on the clock, McCarthy and Falcone had the challenge of creating a dish using salted crackers, miniature marshmallows, and bacon bits. They were also given access to a miniature pantry filled with whatever Colbert's team could find in the break room refrigerator.
"Time is really flying by, I want the flavors to speak for themselves," Falcone told Colbert while preparing his dish.
"Oh, I’m not using any of the ingredients!" McCarthy realized with 16 seconds left on the clock.
Who won the challenge? Who made a dish that Colbert described as "tart and dry at the same time?" Was it McCarthy or Falcone who described the dish presented to Colbert as "crunchy, sweet, savory, and meaty?" Watch the video below to find out!