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David Sedaris To Jon Stewart: Wanted To Call New Book 'Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls' (VIDEO)

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Jon Stewart asked bestselling author David Sedaris, "Where does the idea for this come from?" about his new book "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk."

"Somebody gave me an audiobook of these folk tales, South African folk tales, and so I started listening to it," said Sedaris. "And so I thought: 'I can do better than this!'"

Sedaris explained the difficulties involved in writing about humans, which require an author to describe a hoard of details from hair color to clothing in order to paint a mental picture for the reader.

"But if you say, 'the squirrel and the chipmunk,' everybody knows what a squirrel and a chipmunk look like. So you can just start," Sedaris said. "You can just start the story."

"And also, if you say 'the squirrel and the chipmunk had been dating for two weeks when they ran out of things to talk about,' as a reader or a listener you'd think, 'five pages'," the author joked. "Because it would be perverse for it to go on for 17 or 18 pages."

"I wanted to call the book, 'Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls'," the author said later in the interview. "I was so proud of myself when I came up with that title."

"Can you give us a hint of something else coming out?"

"Someone told me a joke last week and I wish ... I guess, I wish I had made it up and put it in the book," he said.

The joke, which throws Stewart into fits of laughter, involves a snail who works as a traveling salesman ... WATCH:

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