The show may begin with James Corden's monologue, but the real energy starts with the opening titles. James Corden and Reggie Watts click. With Reggie's great song, the beachfront, the lights and their obvious chemistry, the opening titles show two friends hanging out, driving around and having a great time together. It makes me excited about the rest of the show.
James visits with his guests, treating them like longtime friends. He sits next to them, rather than behind a desk the way other hosts do. He's the ultimate fan, thrilled that his guests have stopped by.
Singing and dancing are encouraged on The Late Late Show, and his guests fully commit to participating. Chris Hardwick from @midnight recently appeared and sang a wonderful Star Wars-themed Christmas song with James. Another time, James, Bryan Cranston and Reggie teamed up for their own version of a boy band. It was fabulous! Even the Governator stopped by to play.
Need I say more? James drives about and sings with his passengers. Stevie Wonder was awesome, but the real treat is when his passengers comprise a boy band. One Direction drove with James one day and it was hilarious, delighting people walking on the sidewalk as well as those driving next to them. This is where James' true fanboy shines! I smile and laugh so much my face hurts.
This guy and his band are simply the best on late night television. I find myself wishing the commercials would end so I can hear the song he and his band are playing. James really doesn't need to book bands for his show. Reggie and friends can do it all.
The man himself is the reason to stay up late. He makes me laugh, and it's a nice way to end the day on a truly positive note. James is heart-centered and impish, perhaps the most playful host on television today. All that laughter and I sleep like a baby!
With these great reasons, The Late Late Show with James Corden deserves the 2016 Critics' Choice Award for Best Talk Show. If you haven't seen it, don't simply tape it — watch it... and smile.
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