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Paul McCartney joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke in London on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN

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By Rebecca Reisner

When James Corden debuted as host of The Late Late Show in 2015, he had such a low profile in the U.S. that he had to tell the audience he wasn’t Andy Richter (Conan O’Brien’s stocky blond ex-sidekick).

“As shocked as you are I’m doing this job,” the British comedian and actor said on that first night, “you will never be as shocked as I am.”

Corden went on to make his mark by mixing up the typical late-night talk show format. He introduces guests before his monologue and brings them out to be interviewed together, instead of one by one. He even reverses the optics by placing his desk camera on the left.

As he prepares to exit the show in 2023 to pursue other interests, Corden’s greatest legacy will be Carpool Karaoke. In the popular segments, he invites famous singers into his Land Rover during his “commute” to work to justify driving in a carpool lane. (In truth, there is no carpool lane on his route and he sometimes pretends to drive while a truck tows his car.) Then, he turns on music and sings live duets with the stars.

Here are eight of his most memorable Carpool Karaoke segments.

The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37a.m./11:37p.m. central on CBS and Paramount+.

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Pete Holmes on The Late Late Show with James Corden in May 2021

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By Katey Clifford

In the CBS comedy How We Roll, Tom Smallwood has been laid off from his job at the car assembly line. Not sure what to do next, this small-town dad decides to follow his passion and become a professional bowler, with encouragement from his wife.

Actor and comedian Pete Holmes plays the show's likable protagonist—based on the real life Tom Smallwood—but where else have you seen him? Get to know the man behind the character!

Watch the CBS comedy How We Roll on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT and stream it on Paramount+.

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Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honor.

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By Nate Millado

If ever there was a time we needed television, it was the last year and a half—and CBS Studios gave us stories that made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. With Primetime Emmy nominations just weeks away (July 13), we want to show some love to a few shows and artists that delivered award-worthy entertainment—and escapism.

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Some of the most memorable Crosswalk the Musical performances have riffed on Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, and On the Town.

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By Nate Millado

Sadly, Broadway has remained dark since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there's light at the end of the Great White Way: Broadway shows are expected to reopen after Labor Day. Until then, The Late Late Show with James Corden brings the theater to you with Crosswalk the Musical. For the uninitiated, the Tony-winning late night talk show host headlines pared-down versions of some of your favorite shows (with your favorite stars) in the middle of the street. Watch rounds up some of the best, from Aladdin to Les Misérables.

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The Late Late Show with James Corden airs Weeknights at 12:37/11:37c on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

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