10 Things You Didn’t Know About James Corden

  
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“Carpool Karaoke” is an undeniable hit and Corden’s meteoric rise to internet fame is also unprecedented. His show has over 11 million YouTube subscribers and Corden himself has over 9 million Twitter followers. Pretty impressive for a guy who nobody had even heard of when his show started back in March of 2015. So, who is James Corden? Here are 10 things you need to know about the UK born funnyman.

10. He Didn’t Have to Audition for his Late Late Show Gig

Corden was hand-picked for the job by CBS President and CEO, Les Moonves. Corden was performing on Broadway in the improv comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” and, unbeknownst to Corden, Moonves was in the audience one night. “I just walked out of there saying, ‘This guy’s extraordinary’” said Moonves. Moonves mentioned Corden to colleagues as a possible successor for the 12:30 late night slot. “Ninety-five percent of people didn’t know who I was talking about. The only people who did were either Brits or people who knew the Broadway theater scene.” Well, clearly Les Moonves’s gut instinct about Corden was right.

Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

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9. No Celebrity Would Do Carpool Karaoke In the Beginning

“I would be on the phone and we would pitch and pitch. No one would do it,” says Corden. But it’s thanks to Mariah Carey that the segment finally launched. Back in the UK, Corden had done a version of Carpool Karaoke for a charity event where he and George Michael drove around and sang old Wham! songs. Knowing that Carey is a huge fan of George Michael, an associate of Mariah’s finally pitched the idea to her. And she agreed to do it. The first Carpool Karaoke debuted on March 25, 2015.

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