Before the 2016 election, James Corden had found a nice little place within the late-night ecosystem as the British Jimmy Fallon: affable, goofy, obnoxious but generally harmless. Then Trump came along, and Fallon fell out of favor, which essentially pushed James Corden into late-night obscurity. He’s basically the Carson Daly of late night now. Outside of “Carpool Karaoke,” I don’t know that I’ve seen a James Corden clip make the rounds in years. I had almost completely forgotten that James Corden existed until today.
In the clip below, Corden finds his lane, taking on Bill Maher over Maher’s fat-shaming comments on his show last week. It’s a really thoughtful and funny counterpoint to Maher’s bullshit, appropriately equating shaming with bullying, and calling Maher out for his superiority complex. The only thing I really take issue with in this clip is Corden’s suggestion that Bill Maher’s “heart is in the right place,” because that has never been true about Bill Maher.
Well done, James Corden.
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