Johannesburg - This is loveable goofball James Corden’s secret to talkshow success: famous guests, ridiculous games and not taking things seriously. It’s no wonder his YouTube clips get over 15 million views in just three days – James and his Late Late Show (2015-current) are that entertaining. So what can you expect when you tune into internet TV service ShowMax, the only place to find the late-night talk show and its award-winning British presenter? 1. Spilling secretsIf there’s one thing viewers like, it’s stuff that makes celebs normal. Does a supermodel like Cara Delevingne prefer to party in nightclubs? No – she told James (in episode 213) that she spent her US Independence Day “dressing up as ghosts, running around Taylor Swift’s house in Rhode Island scaring the crap out of people!” And while Chloe Grace Moretz is a big-name actress and dated David Beckham’s son Brooklyn, she revealed (in episode 186) that her older brothers still embarrass her in front of dates. “It’s really sweet that they’re protective, but they open the door and are like, ‘Don’t mess with our sister’.”2. Making musicAlmost every talk show has singing guests. On the Late Late Show, there’s none of that standing behind a mic stuff – James has his very own segment called Carpool Karaoke where he and guests sing along to their favourite songs while driving around town. It’s easy to see how it beat the likes of Beyoncé’s Lemonade at this year’s Emmy Awards for Variety Special – it’s good fun with some of music’s most famous faces, including Justin Bieber (episode 146), Sia (episode 147), Gwen Stefani (episode 182), touring buddies Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas (episode 188) and Selena Gomez (episode 203). His episode with Adele (#132) got 90 million YouTube views in just two months! Check out the kareoke playlist here.
3.Big-name bestiesThere’s no name to big or too small in entertainment to visit James. He’s had everyone from Dylan O’Brien (Stiles in fantasy show Teen Wolf, 2001-current; season 1-4 are available on ShowMax currently) and Rami Malek (Elliot in drama series Mr Robot, 2015-current; season 1 is on ShowMax) to Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke (Cersei and Daenerys in fantasy show Game Of Thrones, 2011-current; all six current seasons are available) on his show. And if you really want someone important, James got a first-hand tour around the White House property from the US First Lady herself Michelle Obama, who joked that “That’s the Oval Office. My husband is in there somewhere. He better be – that’s where he said he was!”
4. Just having funMost talk shows have a cynical or satirical edge and focus on politics. The Late Late Show is anything but that. It’s all about having a laugh and showing the world that celebs are just normal. No one else is going to hop in a car with Jeremy Clarkson (The Grand Tour, 2016-current) and ask if he missed his old job at Top gear while speeding around a racetrack. And who else would get Charlize Theron to sing a Katy Perry song on telly? The Late Late Show is a lot of humour tucked into a funny British comedian and his friends – if you need a laugh, ShowMax is the only place to get it.
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