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Top 10 James Corden Moments

Written by Sean Harris He’s all singing, all dancing and he’s conquered America. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 James Corden Moments! For this list, we’ve gathered the greatest moments from the distinguished career of celebrated British comedian, actor and presenter, James Corden. Special thanks to our user yourbestfriend for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 James Corden Moments

He’s all singing, all dancing and he’s conquered America. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 James Corden Moments!

For this list, we’ve gathered the greatest moments from the distinguished career of celebrated British comedian, actor and presenter, James Corden.

#10: The David Beckham Underwear Shoot

James Corden is famed for not taking himself too seriously – just check out his parody of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” – so when David Beckham stopped by the “Late, Late Show”, James kick-started his own fashion career. Appearing alongside the former footballer in a Calvin Klein-style undies ad, Corden pouts through a surreal 60 seconds while Beckham, to his credit, applies just enough hyperbole to make the spoof stick. Shot shortly after Beckham’s revealing ads campaign for H&M, it culminates in Corden’s confession to sexual excitement and Beckham’s priceless reaction.

#9: Beating Andy Murray at Tennis

A regular fundraiser for Comic and Sport Relief, in 2010 James appeared as Gavin & Stacey’s Smithy, bidding to be crowned Coach of the Year. One sketch sees him put the Man United team through its paces, but we’ve chosen a cheeky clip with Andy Murray as Smithy comically dismantles the future world number one. Murray’s famed for seeming a little downbeat at times, but James brings the best out of him with an elaborate pre-game handshake. After that, it’s ice-picks at the ready for tennis like you’ve never seen before.

#8: One Man, Two Guvnors

While James is probably best known for his TV work, he’s also an award-winning stage actor, starring in the lead role as Francis Henshall in Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”. A comedy based on the problems which arise when juggling two employers, Corden performed with the original cast in productions for the National Theatre, the West End and Broadway as well as a UK tour in 2011. James received widespread critical acclaim for his part in the show, eventually winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

#7: Tattoo Roulette

Corden and the One Direction boys have teamed up on multiple occasions, but Tattoo Roulette on “The Late, Late Show” is their best joint effort. The game’s simple; five boxes, five players, one tattoo. A ‘safe’ box and your skin’s unchanged, find the ink and get a piece live in the studio. Spoiler alert, Harry gets the tatt. But this clip’s all about the tension beforehand, particularly from James but also from Niall, the only 1D member without a tattoo previously. Some viewers cried ‘fix’, but the drama is undeniable.

#6: Drop the Mic with Anne Hathaway

One of his show’s regular features, Drop the Mic sees James rap battle with celebrity guests. The David Schwimmer/Rebel Wilson episode almost made it onto today’s list, but Anne Hathaway wins out. The Les Mis star came up against Corden in full flow, but gave back just as good, if not better. With jibes about the cut of his suit and a stylish stiletto toss to begin, the Oscar-winning actress owns her opponent and ends up the winner. Special mention to James’ Catwoman line though, that was dirty.

#5: Crosswalk the Musical: Grease

Another popular “Late, Late Show” feature, Crosswalk the Musical brings theatre favourites to unsuspecting intersections, and it all started with “Grease”. James plays an over-excited director who’s determined to entertain anyone waiting at the red light. But the most impressive thing about this clip is that it’s expertly choreographed. It’s no cheap joke for a quick laugh, but a sketch which requires practice and at least a little rehearsal. Every glimpse behind the scenes is comedy gold too, even if the casting process is a little dubious.

#4: Soundtrack to a Love Story with Anna Kendrick

Musical features are a definite forte of Corden’s, but this is the best of the lot. James teams up with Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick for one of the most memorable “Late, Late Show” moments ever, as the pair chart the rise and fall of classic romance by rattling through some loved-up hits. From Aretha Franklin to Chris De Burgh, Bruno Mars, Cher and Whitney, it’s a pacey but perfect run-through of what being in a relationship can feel like. It all ends on the highest of high notes though. Bravo.

#3: Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama

In what is Corden’s most famous “The Late, Late Show” segment, Carpool Karaoke has become a true badge of honour for musicians everywhere. We nearly featured Chris Martin here, or Adele, or Elton John in a lion’s mane, but former First Lady Michelle Obama takes the prize passenger seat. With a driving buddy very few predicted, the clip is an insightful glimpse into what life in the White House is really like. And then Missy Elliott turns up and all three ‘get their freak on’. What’s not to love?

#2: Tom Hanks’ Film Career

This clip from James Corden’s first ever “Late, Late Show” announced the British comic to American audiences in a big way. Alongside Tom Hanks, James acts out famous scenes from an extensive filmography with just a blue screen and props to help them out. Opening with the rap from “Big” and closing with Randy Newman, “Castaway” is a particular highlight, leaving James literally red-faced. With a total of 29 films covered, it’s packed with Corden’s trademark energy and enthusiasm, and hats off to Hanks as well.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

#1: Ordering a Takeaway

Oh James Corden, what is occurring? We finish with James’ breakout role as Smithy in “Gavin & Stacey”, the award-winning sitcom he co-wrote with Ruth Jones. This scene sees him expertly order takeaway from a menu clearly well-rehearsed, before mounting a compelling argument for why food should never be shared. Stand-out Smithy scenes are peppered throughout the series, with the rubber ring, the KFC and the Band Aid singalong all classic moments. But a get-together at Gavlar’s is when Smithy’s in his element, even if he does seem a little frustrated.

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