In a recent interview with Variety, the new host of The Late Late Show, James Corden let on a little as to what he might have up his sleeve.
The traditional late night format of monologue, sketch, guest, etc. are going to be “tinkered” with as Corden doesn’t think of himself as a stand-up comedian that could plow through monologue jokes night after night.
Instead, Corden is going to have the inimitable Reggie Watts as his bandleader and plans on focusing in on his acting, singing, and dancing background. On top of that, he also seems to have a very charming sense of self-deprecation.
Being at 12:35AM will allow James to definitely play up Watts spontaneity and we can only hope that he runs in that direction hard and fast.
You should note that the last time a late night host who didn’t have a background in stand-up and could sing and dance and had overwhelming charisma while constantly poking fun at themselves was Conan O’Brien when he started out at Late Night in 1993. Knowing that, we’re looking forward to James Corden taking over on Mar. 23rd more and more.
Also, you can hear about the shade that David Letterman threw at Corden while appearing on The Late Late Show when Regis Philbin was filling in.