12/15/2010 12:38 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

WATCH: Stephen Sondheim With Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert asked the multi-award winning lyricist Stephen Sondheim last night on his show: "What is a lyricist except a poet with the possibility of making cash?"

"It's a guy who can sing," Sondheim said. "It's a guy who feels music, that's all."

The two spoke about Sondheim's impressive career, during which the lyricist has won an Oscar, multiple Grammys and Tonys, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. Sondheim wrote many classic Broadway productions including 'West Side Story,' 'Gypsy' and 'Sunday in the Park with George.' On the show, Sondheim explained how Oscar Hammerstein taught him everything he knows.

Near the end of the interview, Colbert, beaming, said: "I rarely fawn because I like to seem more important than my guests, I would just say that I'm so happy that you came here ..."

So, is Sondheim worth ogling over? You decide.

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