My response to hearing that James Corden was taking over as host of The Late Late Show was probably similar to most with a “what’s that?” followed by a “and who’s that?” Playing the Baker in the Into the Woods remake aside, I had no idea who he was or what to expect.
However, then he started with Carpool Karaoke and I became obsessed. I fell first for him with Jennifer Hudson:
That said, the Carpool Karaoke videos seem to get a decent amount of circulation on the interwebs, so I think it better to share some primo examples of clever thinking from Mr. Corden.
Like when he played DJ Skat Kat with Paula Abdul:
Or when he introduced the exciting new game Nuzzle Waaa?:
Or lastly when he worked for a few hours at a mattress store and exposed someone trying to buy a mattress for Natalie Portman:
It’s just really enjoyable to watch someone bring so much joy and positivity to the airwaves. I’d say to the time slot but since I a) go to bed at 9:30 PM and b) don’t have cable anymore, I don’t really have that perspective…