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James Corden Explains The Original Idea Behind Carpool Karaoke


WE’RE HERE WITH OUR FRIEND THE
GREAT JAMES CORDEN. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW” AND THE
SUCCESS OVER THERE.>>THANKS VERY MUCH.>>Stephen: AND THE TREMENDOUS
SUCCESS OF CAR POOL KARAOKE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: HOW DID YOU COME
UP WITH THAT IDEA? HOW DID IT START?>>I DID A SITCOM FOR THE B.B.C. CALLED GAVIN AND STACY, IT DID
WELL AND MY CHARACTER WAS QUITE POPULAR. THERE’S A HUGE THING AT HOME
CALLED COMIC RELIEF, A CHARITY THAT RAISES MILLIONS AND
MILLIONS OF POUNDS FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED IT AND THE
TRADEOFF IS WE’LL GIVE YOU SOME COMEDY AND YOU DONATE SOME
MONEY. MY CHARACTER DID SOME SKETCHES
THAT WERE QUITE POPULAR. WE WERE COMING OUT WITH A NEW
ONE AND I HAD THIS IDEA — MY ORIGINAL IDEA WAS TO PICK GEORGE
MICHAEL UP FROM PRISON IN A CAR.>>Stephen: THAT’S RIGHT. AND TEN WE’LL REALIZE MAYBE
WE’LL LOSE THE PRISON BUT THERE IS STILL FUN FOR ME AND GEORGE
TO BE IN THE CAR AND WE’LL SING WHAM SONGS. IT WAS JUST PART OF THE SKETCH.>>Stephen: WAKE ME UP BEFORE
YOU GO GO.>>BABY, I’M YOUR MAN AND ALL
THAT KIND OF STUFF. THERE WAS SOMETHING VERY JOYFUL
ABOUT IT AND WE DECIDED — I WONDERED IF IT WAS IDEA,
LOS ANGELES, TRAFFIC, CAR POOL LANES, KARAOKE, TRAFFIC, DRIVING
PEOPLE IN THE CAR, SINGING SONGS, GREAT, PEOPLE WERE GOING
TO LOVE THIS. NO ONE WANTED TO DO IT. NO ONE AT ALL.>>Stephen: REALLY? COULDN’T GET ANYBODY TO BITE?>>OH, GOD! IMAGINE A RECORDING ARTIST. THEY SAID NO.>>Stephen: OKAY. THERE WASN’T ANYONE THAT
WOULD DO IT. THEN IT WAS A CHANCE MEETING
MARIAH CAREYY AND SHE SAID, OKAY, I’LL DO IT AND —
>>Stephen: CHANCE MEETING. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
I WAS IN THE STEAM ROOM WITH LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND MARIAH
CAREYY, YEAH.>>GO AHEAD. WE DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD TURN
OUT THE WAY IT HAS. IT’S GREAT. WE HAVE ONE GOING OUT ON THE
SHOW FOR THE TONY AWARDS WHICH IS ME, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, AUDRA
McDONALD, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON AND JANE KRAKOWSKI. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
WE DID THE BEST OF BROADWAY SPECIAL.>>Stephen: THAT’S NICE. IT’S FUN.>>Stephen: SO THE SHOW’S A
BIG SUCCESS. YOU’RE IN LOS ANGELES.>>YES.>>Stephen: BUT YOU STARTED
YOUR CAREER IN LONDON. ARE YOU BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE
AN AMERICAN NOW OR DO YOU –>>UM…>>Stephen: DOES LOS ANGELES
FEEL LIKE HOME OR DO YOU MISS LONDON A LOT?>>I MISS LONDON. I VERY MUCH MISS BEING AT HOME. I MISS ARCHITECTURE AND MY
FRIENDS AND FAMILY.>>Stephen: YOU MISS
ARCHITECTURE? (LAUGHTER)
(APPLAUSE)>>TRULY.>>Stephen: DO THEY NOT HAVE
STRIP MALLS IN LONDON?>>NOT SO MUCH. IT’S A WEIRD THING. IT’S FUNNY, BECAUSE YOU
CERTAINLY FEEL A SENSE OF IT HERE IN NEW YORK, BUT IN LONDON,
PARTICULARLY FOR ANYONE, WHEN ANYONE SAYS TO ME I’M GOING TO
LONDON, WHAT SHOULD I DO, I ALWAYS GO, LOOK UP, BECAUSE YOU
WILL ALWAYS BE REWARDED. IF YOU’RE IN LONDON AT ANY POINT
OF YOU THINK HOW IS THIS CHURCH AMONGST THESE SKYSCRAPERS? BUT IN TERMS OF FEELING — LOTS
OF PEOPLE SAID TO ME BEFORE, OH, HOW IS IT BEING A BRIT IN
AMERICA? I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS TRUE OR
JUST ME AND THE FAMILY I GREW UP IN, BUT I NEVER CONSIDERED
MYSELF TO BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD, REALLY,
AND I DON’T THINK OF MYSELF AS BEING BRITISH NOR AMERICAN. I SORT OF FEEL WE’RE ALL KIND OF
IN IT TOGETHER AND THERE SHOULDN’T REALLY BE ANY —
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) — YOU KNOW, OF THOSE —
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>>Stephen: I JUST WANTED TO
VALIDATE THAT MOMENT BECAUSE I WAS FEELING IT WITH YOU. (LAUGHTER)
>>I MET A GUY, YOU KNOW THE VIRGIN GALACTIC ARE DOING THIS
THING WHERE RICHARD BRANSON IS GOING TO TAKE PEOPLE UP TO SPACE
FOR EIGHT MINUTES AND YOU CAN LOOK AT THE EARTH AND SOMEONE
WAS TALKING TO ME ABOUT IT THE OTHER DAY AND I SAID, EIGHT
MINUTES, GOING UP, JUST FEELS LIKE A LOT OF RISK OF POSSIBLY
DYING. HE SAID TO ME IT’S EXACTLY HOW
PEOPLE FELT WHEN THE FIRST PROPELLER PLANES CAME OUT AND
WHAT THEY WOULD DO IS, IN A TOWN, IN AMERICA OR ACROSS THE
WORLD, THEY’D GO UP IN THE AIR FOR EIGHT MINUTES AND COME DOWN,
AND PEOPLE WOULD COME DOWN WITH A COMPLETELY NEW WAY OF LOOKING
AT THEIR HOME WHERE THEY LIVED, THEIR STATE, BECAUSE THEY’D SEE
THAT THESE DIVISIONS BEING CREATED WERE NOT — THEY WERE
MANMADE DIVISIONS. WE DECIDED THAT THIS WOULD BE
MINE AND THAT WOULD BE YOURS AND THIS WOULD BE HERE AND THAT
WOULD BE HERE. HE SAID, IMAGINE IF YOU COULD
MAKE PEOPLE TODAY REALIZE THAT ON A GLOBAL SCALE, IF YOU COULD
GO UP AND LOOK DOWN AND GO, OH, IT’S JUST EARTH, AND IT’S OURS
TO LOOK AFTER. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU BEING FROM
HERE OR ME BEING FROM THERE OR BUILDING A WALL HERE OR DOING
THOSE THINGS. (APPLAUSE)
THAT’S HOW I FEEL ABOUT BEING BRITISH HERE.>>Stephen: THAT’S ABSOLUTELY
BEAUTIFUL.>>THANKS, MAN. (LAUGHTER)
>>Stephen: THE 70th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS WILL AIR LIVE THIS
SUNDAY HERE ON CBS –>>LIVE?!>>Stephen: — WITH THE GREAT
JAMES CORDEN, EVERYBODY! (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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