Opinion: No one knows who James Corden is. Then “The Late Late Show” was a huge success 2022-05-01 07:58:18


Who will be the successor to Johnny Carson or David Letterman? or, in the latter case, James Corden at CBS? Corden announced Thursday that he will be leaving “The Late Late Show” next year.
The last time this specific opening happened, in 2014, when Craig Ferguson She left as host of “The Late Late Show,” and was frequently asked who might replace him. I felt a little confident in saying that CBS would definitely go after a talented woman to host it because that was a blatant flaw on the late-night date.

Then CBS announced that Corden had the job, which blew up not only that idea but every guess anyone ever made, anywhere. I hadn’t thought of it for one main reason: I hadn’t heard of it before.

This was on me because I didn’t follow Broadway very closely, because Corden had already won a medal Tony Award About the play “One Man, Two Guvnors”. But, in my defense, who else knows this guy? CBS executives saw him in the play and decided he was a great talent (correct), initially thinking he might star in the sitcom. It happened to them only late at night after Ferguson left.

How unknown was Corden? He once told me the story of how in weeks preparing to start his show, he took a break one afternoon to get a sandwich, and walked out of the CBS arena in Los Angeles. When he returned, a guard refused to let him in, saying he did not know who Corden was. Corden pointed to the enormous billboard above the building announcing his upcoming show. It had his face on it, the size of a baseball diamond. The guard looked at him and shook his head and said, “No, I just don’t see that.”

James Corden sets up a billboard for "  The Late Late Show "  Held on March 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

It’s now seven years and Corden has been a hit, delivering a truly original (in his case, literally) late-night sound that fits nicely with the job’s biggest new requirement: finding creative parts that can drive online viewing to increase continuous drop rates. For the nightly broadcast versions of these shows. Think “Jimmy Kimmel tweets” or “Jimmy Fallon notes”, etc.

Corden’s voice – a man can sing – was the source of his great fortune because his signature bit, “Carpool Karaoke,” became a phenomenon in the entertainment industry. It is now common for every major recording artist to do the clip with him. (Corden told me he had to beg people first.)

Well, why not when they see the viewing numbers for bits? Collaboration with cars Adele As of 2016, it has over 250 million views on YouTube.

the lesson? If your group of potential successors is dominated only by the world of men’s comics, and you’re not looking for outliers somewhere in the UK, South Africa, or some obscure corner of the internet, you’ll likely end up wet and wrong.

In this case, the Central Bureau of Statistics must again include gender among its priorities. It’s still the kind of scandal where no woman broke out on a late-night radio show. The talent is there: Samantha Bee on TBS and Amber Ruffin on Peacock (among others) have proven it. Could they make it five nights a week on the net? why not?

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Someone with a schematic background might be smart, too: Kate McKinnon from “Saturday Night Live?” Maybe Kristen Wiig? How about Robin Thead from “A Black Lady Sketch Show”?

CBS has a few nominees on hand at its sister network Showtime, where Desus Nice and The Kid Mero from “Desus & Mero” make groovy, imaginative late-night comedy. They’ll fit the bill with creative parts for online play, if a little funky for CBS.

Some people revamped CBS which brought in Trevor Noah and “The Daily Show” from Comedy Central, a sister company. But that would be devastating to Comedy Central, and Noah is already in the major leagues with the 11pm show. Why commute to work in the wee hours, even for a star like Stephen Colbert?

A different kind of assorted fresh face, perhaps? Actress and comedian Awkwafina is an interesting name. Such is the very talented attitude of Ali Wong.

All that said, the world is full of funny and talented people I’ve never heard of – something that James Corden has definitively proven.