If you’ve scrolled through your Facebook feed, been on YouTube or turned on your TV over the last few months — you’ve likely caught a glimpse of Carpool Karaoke. It’s taken the Internet by storm and the man in the driver’s seat (literally) is James Corden.
I sat down with Corden at the trendy L.A. restaurant, Animal, where the host of “the Late Late Show” told me how the Carpool Karaoke phenomenon began and started drawing A-List musical talent including, Adele, One Direction and Justin Bieber (twice). But it’s more than just Corden having fun with celebrities, he says:
“There’s something very joyful about seeing a megastar sing their hits in the very same place that we sing them.”
James explained that when he took over the 12:37am time slot on CBS from Craig Ferguson, he wanted the show to be an exact contrast of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show.” So, James really switched it up — bringing all the guests on set at the same time. I’ve been on the show twice and can say from experience James just knows how to make the experience genuinely fun.
It’s no surprise James was tapped to host the 70th annual Tony Awards broadcast this summer (he’s been on Broadway twice, which explains the incredible skills you see during ‘Carpool Karaoke’). So when I sat down with him for our Yahoo News interview, I had to ask him about the hottest phenomenon on Broadway right now: “Hamilton.” And in pure Corden fashion, he didn’t disappoint — and showed off his rapping skills reciting lines from the musical. It even caught the attention of the show’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Mirada (who I interviewed last month). It’s only the beginning for James Corden and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.
Watch my complete interview with “Late Late Show” host James Corden: