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James Corden was ahead of the game, kicking off Groundhog Day (February 2) at 12:30 am. Technically, yes, it was Groundhog Day at that time, but the groundhog Punxutawney Phil, who looks for his shadow, wasn’t even awake yet.

While it’s Phil’s big day, and Corden gave the hard-working groundhog a shout-out in his monologue, he wanted to talk out how the day works with his live audience. Corden provided a reminder of how Groundhog Day works: if Phil sees his shadow, it will be a long winter; if he doesn’t, spring will come early; if the groundhog barks and “humps” your leg, then that’s a dog, and you should walk away.

According to Corden, Phil is wrong 67 percent of the time. In Corden’s home country, England, they do this “very weird” thing and rely on meteorologists to predict the weather.

Corden seemed like himself for the most part. He did his monologue, introduced his guests, Randall Park (Veep), Nathan Fillion (Castle), and performers from Cirque du Soleil‘s group Kurios.

We mentioned that Corden seemed himself, as in the past tense, because things get weird at 3:55 and 8:50 in the below clip.

For some reason, the late show host starts the introduction all over again (but it seems all too familiar to him):

Does the repetitive nature in the above clip remind you of something?

Here’s a hint:

If you haven’t checked yet, Punxutawney Phil did not see his shadow.

Do you trust the groundhog’s shadow or do you still check the weather report?

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Filed Under: Groundhog Day, James Corden
By Brigid Brown