I've always had a sweet spot for James Corden (I mean, who doesn't really). From Gavin and Stacey to The History Boys and The Wrong Mans, James Corden has always been able to charm his way into my heart with his witty banter and vibrant personality. So when I heard that he got his own show on late night in America, I was like a proud mother, elated with joy. I was so happy for his success.
I will admit, I'm not a fan of late night talk shows; it's just not my vibe. But Corden has created something special with The Late Late Show, which makes me quite excited. What I love most about Corden's show is that he makes his love for the arts a focal point of his program. A lot of the sketches on The Late Late Show steam back to his roots: performing and theater.
It is so rare to find something that is so popular embrace the joys of art. In America, the majority of the population completely reject art. To them, art is too 'uppity' and 'pretentious.' And when it comes to theater, most Americans run away screaming. So, it's obvious to say that popular media rejects the terms 'art' and 'theater' altogether. This is not the case in Britain. In Britain, the majority of populous embrace the arts. Art and theater is a huge part of Britain's history and culture. So what's exciting about The Late Late Show is that Corden is attempting break that barrier here in America by bringing his passion for theater and the art mainstream.
This, in all honest, was a risky move. It's not easy to get the American late night audience to accept anything outside of the typical trite games and benign sketches. Yet, Corden isn't afraid to do sketches like "Crosswalk Musical" which embraces the joys of musical theater. Even "Carpool Karaoke" champions the exhilaration of live performance. (But, of course, that's not to say he doesn't still do the boring typical late night nonsense... Obviously, he can't completely alienate the late night audience). Regardless, it's so energizing to see musical theater and performance art having a moment on television. Because you never know, Corden's passion for the craft might just rub off on someone and convert them into being just as caring and adoring towards the arts.
And, of course, I'm thrilled that Corden has moved his show to his home turf (even if it is just for a week). Obviously, I love Britain, so naturally, I'm going to love The Late Late Show, even more, when it's in London. And it's quite refreshing for his British jokes to actually a laugh, whereas in America they always fall flat... But, you know, us Americans are not cool enough to understand British culture.
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