From the recording #4 - Adele, The Comedian
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#4 - Adele, The Comedian
The case can be made that the most entertaining segment on network TV is Carpool Karaoke. It appears, of course, on the Late Late Show with James Corden behind the wheel. There's lots of expert vocalizing, rapping, laughter, and raucous conversations with some of the gaudiest stars in popular music. he and his guests sing along to the car's sound system. The delightful mayhem in the from seat leads one to pray that Mr. Corden is driving a prop; otherwise, you might witness some bloody epic face plants through the windshield.
Among the burgeoning list of passengers that have gone for the ride are venerable stars like Elton john, Stevie Wonder, and Rod Stewart. The current pop scene is also well-represented with the likes of Carrie Underwood, Sia, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas; and yes, even Justin Bieber. Occasionally, an actor or two will hop in the backseat like George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The whole array can be viewed on Youtube. No surprise there, since every nanosecond of our lives seems to show up on Youtube, bathroom breaks included, I fear.
What immediately stands out when viewing these episodes is that James coredn is one hell of a singer himself. he revels in harmonizing with this guests, usually taking the higher part even when it's a female riding shotgun. His pitch is impeccable, his volume glass-shattering, and the sheer joy he exudes while singing is infectious. The famous folks sharing the jaunt with hima re on notice that they have to step up their game to match his chops and enthusiasm. This is one karaoke that is a joke and no joke at the same time. It should be noted that a quick bit of research will reveal the fact that James Corden has a resume that includes roles in film musicals etc. In other words, he's no amateur. What seals the deal for his job as host is his ingratiating, politely snarky pr