James Corden doesn’t couch his late-night aspirations in typical talk-show traditions. The Late Late Show with James Corden may retain the hallmark rituals of late-night network fare but in minimized ways: Corden’s monologue is the shortest among his late-night peers, for instance, and he’s often treats celeb guests like game-show contestants instead of sofa small-talkers.
On stage at The Contenders Emmys, the multi-talented Brit explained that he measures his show’s nightly success by its vigor as “the purest kind” of variety show – everything else, after all, is just talk. “That’s the intention, yeah, that’s the thing we’ve always set out to do,” Corden told Deadline’s Pete Hammond. “To try to make the purest kind of variety show every night in that we really don’t ever want any two weeks, or any two shows even, to feel the same. They’re the days that excite us.”
The mutli-talented producer-host is in his fifth season as host of the CBS franchise (after taking over for Craig Ferguson in March 2015) and he’s on track to log his 700th show in August. Corden told the Paramount Theater audience that, despite the complexities involved, he keeps a simplified view of his job.
“What we try to do every day is have a slice of joy, really, a bit of joy,” Corden said. He added that the slices may be served up to viewers “on their phone, on the way to work, on their laptop, or with their children, with their families…it’s available 24 hours, 7 days a week.” Check out the conversation at the link above.
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