His great-grandfather was a musician and so was his grandfather, who toured with Shirley Bassey and other prominent singers.
Corden’s father, now a Christian book salesman, was a musician in Britain’s Royal Air Force.“There was never a minute where I ever, ever wanted to do anything else,” Corden said.
For “Late Show,” he brought in a trusted friend and colleague from back home, producer-director Ben Winston, to serve as executive producer along with Rob Crabbe, who worked with Fallon on his late-night shows.
The inventive Reggie Watts, known for his music and comedy, was handpicked by Corden as bandleader.
The intended result is spontaneity, Corden said, “seeing people interact in a way that is a bit more interesting.”The show’s location is a reflection of the talk-show traffic jam in New York — including the transplanted “Tonight Show” — which has made guest bookings more competitive.
Tom Hanks, an undisputed A-lister, and Mila Kunis are the opening-night guests, followed by Kerry Washington and Chris Pine on Tuesday and Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell on Wednesday.
Modest Mouse and Leon Bridges are the announced musical performers.