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James Corden has unveiled yet more hither-to-unknown skills, less than a day since opening the Grammys with an epic performance that combined rap with some good old-fashioned slapstick.

And yes, it’s not often the words “rap” and “slapstick” get used in the same sentence, but we now have James to thank for a whole new genre (“rapstick”?).

The hardest working man in showbiz was back on air last night (February 13), welcoming guests Ike Barinholtz and Ice Cube to the first The Late Late Show in over a week.

James had challenged the latter to some one-on-one time on the basketball court before the show, and let’s just say each of them remembered a very different outcome.

Cut to video footage of the exchange, which starts with the two good-naturedly egging each other on.

“This is not footie,” says Cube, smacking the ball on the ground in front of James.

James manages to stand his ground, though. “You’re straight outta Compton,” he says. “Well, I’m straight outta High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.”

And if anyone is unsure whether James’s home town of High Wycombe is a hotbed of basketball talent, then this photo should tell you everything you need to know:

(Image: Wikimedia)
High Wycombe in England: Not exactly Compton. (Image: Wikimedia)

Needless to say, it wasn’t long before the game turned serious. And despite his modest origins, James went on to dominate Cube on the court, slamming ball after ball until Cube was forced to concede.

Or so it seemed. We can’t be sure, but there may have been some camera trickery involved in his victory:

Challenging rap superstars to some one-on-one time on the court is just a regular day for James, who yet again is proving to be something of a workaholic. Just check out what he has on his calendar for this year: as well as hosting awards ceremonies and a regular late-night talk show, he’ll also be filming multiple movie roles, and launching a new standalone series of Carpool Karaoke — never mind the basketball sponsorship deals that are bound to come rolling in after last night’s stunt.

All this begs the question: is there anything James can’t do?

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Filed Under: Ice Cube, James Corden
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.