Justin Bieber Takes Over James Corden’s Monologue on The Late Late Show

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘I Know We Look Almost Identical!': Justin Bieber Hijacks The Late Late Show from James Corden.

Viewers were in for quite the surprise when they tuned in to “The Late Late Show” Thursday to find the Canadian pop star delivering jokes about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. “I read that Jeb Bush’s super PAC has spent over $15 million on his campaign, meanwhile Bernie Sanders has spent over $5 on his latest haircut,” the star joked – he was sure to note that, “That was mine. Bieber was enjoying himself to no end up until a visibly livid Corden stormed onto the set – dressed in a terry-cloth bathrobe and his hair wrapped in a towel turban – and the “Sorry” singer tried to save face by whistling and downplaying his presence.

I wrote that.” The audience seemed to enjoy Bieber’s comedy, but it wasn’t long before Corden appeared – wearing a bathrobe and towel on his head – to reclaim his show. “You’ve got to back off! While Corden refused to relinquish hosting duties to Bieber indefinitely, he did, after much encouragement from the audience, allow Bieber to finish out the monologue.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. December tends to bring out the best in Saturday Night Live: The cast has started to gel, the writers have a sense of what makes this iteration of the show work, and the show always mines good comedy from the holiday season. It didn’t help that the show largely avoided most topical elements outside of “Weekend Update,” which feels like another missed opportunity for the show to have something to say about the current cultural and political climate. After this pretaped sketch finished, I had one thought: “I would totally watch Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Bayer star in a remake of Natural Born Killers.” Did this break any comedy ground?

But it’s a fun sketch that builds off its own internal logic, going from an innocuous party to one in which one couple psychologically dominates everyone, ultimately retreating into a holiday-inspired dreamworld. As awkward as Gosling sometimes was this week in live sketches, he came alive here as a one-half of a couple who believed in Santa with an intensity mixed of one part violence and one part sexual fervor. On paper, this isn’t a particularly good idea: Three people get abducted by aliens, and one of them has a particularly bad experience compared to the other two. She has a knack for creating three-dimensional characters from the first moment they are onscreen, and the specificity of her character’s words and gestures are fantastic.

It helped that the sketch portrayed his confusion in a positive rather than negative light: Rather than look down at the world of “East Oz,” as this sketch called it, Gosling’s Scarecrow delighted in the differences. It’s a pretty harmless sketch, but one that allowed Gosling to really cut lose and demonstrated just how far SNL has come in a few short years in terms of diversifying its cast.

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