Not too shabbily, as it happens.
Having been the subject of more than a few snarky editorials and the prominent side-eye of David Letterman, James Corden’s first appearance on The Late Late Show went very well indeed. A hit with critics and viewers alike.
Here’s how he got started, with an emotional monologue that entirely threw away any suggestion of English reserve, particularly where his parents are concerned:
And he mocked all the hoo-hah around his appointment with this all-star skit (keep ’em peeled for Eddie Redmayne, Simon Cowell, Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzegger):
Then there was this momentary scoop from Mila Kunis:
Most of the critical response seems to have been about how very agreeable a host James is. Brian Lowry of Variety said: “Corden comes across as natural and likable, including the self-effacing little song with which he closed the show.”
And Brian Moylan in The Guardian added: “Corden proved himself to be very deserving of the role and, actually, tremendously charming indeed. Damn you CBS executives! How I wanted to hate him!”
And he certainly seems to have been pleased with his performance, if this tweet is anything to go by:
Well, so many truly lovely messages about the show tonight.im blown away,thank you. Here’s the Tom Hanks sketch! X https://t.co/HkJElBwF0h
— Jkcorden (@JKCorden) March 24, 2015
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