“Carpool Karaoke” has quickly become one of the most—if not the most—popular segment on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. The hilarious segment first came about in March 2015 when English actor and comedian James Corden took over the comedy talk-show after former host Craig Ferguson retired. While The Late Late Show was a mega-successful, highly watched program when Ferguson was the host, Corden is doing a great job in making the show even better than before. It’s actually incredible how much joy the show brings us every single time Corden delivers another “Carpool Karaoke” session; it simply makes our day.
Each karaoke session features Corden and musical guests as they as they sing along whilst driving in Los Angeles. The segment has featured over 100 guests since March. So far this season, the show has featured the following:
- Justin Bieber
- Chris Martin
- Elton John
- One Direction
- Carrie Underwood
- Stevie Wonder
- Rod Stewart and A$AP Rocky (which was definitely an entertaining session)
- Jennifer Hudson
- Iggy Azalea
- Mariah Carey
- Jason Derulo
A primetime special also aired on CBS on March 29, 2016, which featured highlights of the segment and a new Carpool with Jennifer Lopez.
Corden explained that the “Carpool Karaoke” segment was inspired by a “Gavin & Stacey-themed sketch” he had participated in for the British charity television special Red Nose Day 2011, where he sang along with George Michael in a car. “Ben Winston and I always though there was something very joyful about someone very, very famous singing their songs in an ordinary situation,” stated Corden. “We just had this idea: Los Angeles, traffic, the carpool lane—maybe this is something we could pull off.”
And pull it off they did, and the show’s ratings to prove it. The Adele segment reached an incredible 42 million views within 5 days, making it the most viral video originating from a late night program since 2013, beating the trailer for Captain America: Civil War (which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live), which reached 31 million views within the same timeframe.
Don’t’s miss The Late Show with James Corden weeknights at 12:37 am / 11:37 pm Central. Full episodes of the show are also available on CBS.com, where five of which can be watched for free; 167 episodes are available for CBS All Access members.
*Each of this season’s “Carpool Karaoke” segments can be watched (for free) here.