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The Late Late Show with James Corden
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Late Late Show with James Corden offers plenty of laughs but is meant for older teens and adults who can both relate to the comedy and handle infrequent adult-oriented content. As with most late-night shows, it's always difficult to predict what the host and/or guests will say at any given moment. There are references to sexual attraction and nudity, plus some salty language such as "ass." That said, the host's comedy style is decidedly more congenial and lighthearted than many of the other late-night hosts, suggesting the content might follow suit.
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What's the story?
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN is the continuation of the franchise previously hosted by Craig Ferguson. British comedian and host James Corden welcomes celebrities and musical guests to the comedy/talk show and often incorporates them in funny sketches and games. The show opens with a monologue in which Corden comments on current events and his acclimation to life in America, and a house band led by Reggie Watts provides music and some comical banter with the host and guests.
Is it any good?
Corden puts a gleeful new face to this established show, and his enthusiasm is infectious for those who watch. His comedy style is neither snarky nor condescending, and he shows that he's as willing to be the brunt of a joke as he is to get laughs at someone else's expense. The skits are clever and incorporate celebrities in unpredictable ways, yielding lots of laughs.
The most noticeable difference between The Late Late Show and other late-night offerings is the dual-interview format that sees both of the night's guests seated side by side on the couch and Corden next to them on a chair, rather than behind a more traditional desk. This sets a more congenial atmosphere and lets the celebrities to feed off each other's comments and jokes. It also allows for a longer interview, which is a welcome change when the interplay is going well but could be a hindrance if the guests don't already have a rapport with each other. Ultimately, though, Corden proves he's worthy of the spot and likely won't disappoint late-night comedy fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Are late-night talk/comedy shows a viable source of news? Do people treat them like they are? Is media bias a concern worth considering in processing what you see on TV?
Do the celebrity guests seem to enjoy being on shows such as this one? Do you think they're being themselves, or are these interviews just another act?