11:23am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Six Confessions From James Corden After Two Months on the Air
While David Letterman is being recognized for over 30 years in late night, James Corden and his Late Late Show are celebrating 30 shows.
After just over two months on the air, the British host and his executive producers, Rob Crabbe and Ben Winston, checked in with the press Monday during CBS' summer press day. "I feel very, very proud of the way that people have responded to the show. It just feels like something might be happening," said Corden, who acknowledged that some of his initial nerves about the show had been replacement by excitement.
The Hollywood Reporter has highlighted the six main takeaways from the trio's Q&A session:
Corden's not planning anything big for Letterman's signoff on May 20.
At least not yet. He's still just shocked that he's on in the time slot after Letterman. "If somebody told me that in 2006 that [would happen], I wouldn’t believe them. I still can’t," he said. Corden would watch Letterman when he was in New York for a play about a decade ago, and that was when he realized "the power of late-night hosts." He added: "That stopped being a time when I felt like I had to ring my parents. … It felt like I was checking in with a friend."
The show is going to air in Japan and Australia.
Joked Corden of the former: "We very much have always tried to make the show for a Japanese audience. I actually lost track of the times that we go, 'That won’t work in Japan so we have to throw it out.'" As for the latter, the host has family in Melbourne, who are excited about being able to watch the show in their country.
The Late Late Show has had 15 clips go viral so far.
"That's a hell of a lot," noted Winston — "viral" defined as being viewer over 1 million times — who also pointed out that their dodge ball with One Direction sketch has gotten over 1.5 million views, while their Corden and Anna Kendrick sing-off has been watched more than 1.6 million times in three days. To the show creators, it's just proof that the audience for some of their YouTube clips is different than the standard late-night audience.
Corden and Winston have close ties with One Direction.
How'd they get British boy band to play dodge ball with the host? Well, Corden met bandmember Louis Tomlinson and his mom when she was a chaperone on a TV show that he worked on in 2002. When Tomlinson was on The X Factor and joined the group, his mom wrote Corden an email asking him to look after her son — so he'd invite Tomlinson over for pizza and PlayStation. Meanwhile, Winston was separately involved with the band on the management side, having produced their last two movies and directed their past seven music videos.
Corden doesn't consider himself a comedian.
"I’m not a comedian and I never have been," he said. "I’ve just written and been in things that are comedies, but I’ve never done the, 'Where you from? Where you from?' kind of thing." He also doesn't think that his show should be talked about as a comedy but more as comedy entertainment. "It’s not really our job to skewer politicians. We’re a place to check in and have fun. We talk about fun before funny."
Corden isn't buying a house in Los Angeles just yet.
He has said from the beginning that he and his wife plan to rent their house in America until he has more job security — though he admits that he and his family do love the West Coast. "I’ve adjusted well so far, but it’s still very much in the back of my mind that we’re going to be canceled at any point," he said, adding: "It’s network TV!"