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For many actors, nothing matches the thrill of live theater. The atmosphere, the audience, the applause! James Corden knows all about this, having won a Tony Award in 2012 for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors, so last night he got his The Late Late Show guests to share one of their stage secrets: the art of the perfect bow.

In Downton Abbey, actress Michelle Dockery was more used to being bowed and curtsied to as the frightfully grand Lady Mary Crawley. But she told Corden when she returns to the stage in the upcoming London production of Network, she might try delivering what she called an “RSC bow.” Of course, RSC refers to the U.K.’s super-prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, so an “RSC bow” is very luvvie indeed.

Dockery’s fellow Late Late Show guests also showed off their perfect stage bows. Rachel Bloom from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend flaunted a technique that really went big on audience participation — in fact, her bow turned into a impromptu “meet and greet” session with the audience. Wild!

Then Josh Gad — who made his name playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon — debuted a bow that was just a little bit suggestive. “I would only do it for a drama,” he quipped afterward.

Check out their techniques below:

Though each of Corden’s guests was definitely being playful here, we reckon their hilarious bows still deserve the ultimate live theater accolade: a standing ovation.

Did you enjoy watching this trio of stars get their bow on? 

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By Nick Levine