The Late, Late Show with James Corden gets the celebrity treatment

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New The Late, Late Show host James Cordon premiered his first show this past Monday with a star-studded episode! He opened with his monologue talking about who he is, his new band leader Reggie, and thanking Craig Ferguson and his parents. It was really adorable. And no, he’s not Andy Richter.

He later added a hilarious bit explaining how he got the job as host for the Late, Late Show with help from his celebrity friends, including his Into The Woods co-star Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. The video showed several celebrities vying for the hosting gig including Simon Cowell, Joel McHale, George Lopez, Lena Dunham, Billy Crystal, Eddie Redmayne, Katie Couric, Chris Rock, and Chelsea Handler. CBS’s CEO Leslie Moonves even made an appearance!

After finding the Golden Ticket, Corden ended up at a Late Night Talk Show Boot Camp run by past The Tonight Show host Jay Leno. With the help from Leno, Allison Janney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Shia LaBeouf, Corden was ready to host.

His guests on his first show were Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks. Similar to BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Corden welcomed both guests to the couch and spoke to them at the same time. It really felt like a conversation between friends.

Late on, Corden and Hanks did a hilarious bit together about Tom Hanks’ film career- Every Tom Hanks movie in 8 minutes! Yup… they did EVERY movie: Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch Me If You Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13, and the Toy Story series. Damn.

Corden is a lovely singer – having starred in Disney’s Into the Woods last yearHe ended the night showing off his singing chops with a ballad summing up his first show.

James Corden had a great premiere episode. He was charismatic, funny, and honestly, quite charming.

Let’s hope there is more like that in store!

The Late, Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS.

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