James Corden Reveals the Secret to a Great Karaoke Performance
James Corden gets candid in a new video interview about his go-to karaoke song, why he doesn't sing in the shower, and more.
Released on 9/11/2017
The important thing with karaoke
is you've gotta read the mood of the room.
It's not about you, it's about the mood of the room
and that's where people get it wrong.
'Cause actually no one really wants someone to go up
and sing an amazing version of
I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston,
do you know what I mean?
So I tend to veer towards like Crocodile Rock, Elton John
because it's just a crowd pleaser.
Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
and Mandy by Barry Manilow
which, I don't know the last time
you listened to Mandy by Barry Manilow,
is the best fucking pop song that's ever been written.
♫ I remember all my life
♫ Raining down as cold as ice
♫ Shadows of a man
♫ Face through a window
♫ Crying in the night
♫ And night goes into
♫ Morning, just another day
Aw, it's a masterpiece, it's a masterpiece.
I can't remember a time where I didn't want to perform.
There was nothing else, there was no other.
People would often say, oh,
you need something to fall back on.
And I would think, well, that's just contemplating failure,
and I think you can't do that.
The History Boys was certainly a turning point in my career.
There was like eight boys in the show
and we were all at a similar point in our careers
and they would all get these incredible scripts for,
you know, Spielberg movies or big HBO shows
and I would get the one page of script
for the guy who drops off a TV to Hugh Grant
or like a sort of bubbly guy who works at a newsstand.
And I remember thinking, oh,
these decisions are only being made on the way that I look.
The world of entertainment, if you like,
was saying, oh no, we think you're quite good
but people aren't interested in people who look like you.
The History Boys actually
was the time where I remember thinking,
oh, I need to try and start creating stuff on my own.
One Man, Two Guvnors was a play
that I did at the National Theater
and in the West End and on Broadway
and that came about, I think it was in 2010.
Being in that play changed my life.
It's not even up for debate that I would not be sat here
talking to you right now had I not been in that play.
People say to me, oh, you must be so tired.
And I think, this is nothing
compared to eight shows a week on Broadway, you know.
It was hard but I have to say,
I still consider it, and I think it'll take some beating,
to be the most enjoyable and best part of my career
because, so far, for sure, like,
there were moments doing that play
where I can genuinely remember thinking,
if I could stay in this moment, right now,
for the rest of my life, I would
'cause this just feels incredible.
It felt like you were a conductor
and the audience were the orchestra
and laughter was the music and you could just
make them louder here, make them quieter here,
softer, bigger, broader, smaller.
It was a wonderful feeling to be that sort of
a kind of ringmaster, if you like.
I stopped having birthday parties when I was about nine
because we didn't have much money
and all I wanted was to go the theater.
So theater tickets are not cheap
so my parents said, look,
if you want to go to the theater on your birthday
and that be your present, we also can't have a party,
which I didn't mind.
Who are these people that organize
their own birthday party via text?
Worse than that, who are the people
that call it their birthday week?
Who are these fucking people?
It's my birthday week.
It's not, it makes no sense.
It's a birthday, it's one day, get over it.
There's a young man called Harold Styles,
quite the crush on.
Every time I get to hold him.
He's got that thing which is unquantifiable.
Ironically, the very thing he has is the X factor.
He's just got a thing that you can't take your eyes from.
That quality can sometimes make someone a dick
and with him, he is the same person
that I met seven years ago, six years ago.
Today, he is completely adorable
and together and wise and old before his time.
I don't sing in the shower.
I'm almost silent.
I'm some sort of mute, yes.
I never sing in the shower.
I don't also get the appeal of singing in the shower
because I consider the shower to be a place
where I'm really just trying to get myself clean,
wake up and enjoy the three minutes
that my children aren't going, dad, dad,
and that happens during the shower.
And it makes me question,
when is the time in my children's life
where I start to cover my penis?
My son's six and my daughter's two
and now they'll just open the shower door
and go, dad, have you seen my whatever?
And I don't ever go, oh, I should cover my penis,
but when is it in my children's life
where I am gonna take that onboard?
I don't know.