James Corden didn’t forget the funny here. He fully committed: great cinematography, great writing and pacing. The whole package.
That’s the secret to comedy: you have to close your eyes and step off the top of a ten-story building. A little hop off the curb doesn’t do it. Comedy works through extremes.
Stephen Colbert did something similar with his Stephenade bit.
Now, Colbert is a genius, among the best in the world at monologues and interviews. Love him. But this was mildly amusing compared to Corden’s masterpiece.
Colbert did a sort of SNL-skit version of the idea: let’s take a baseball bat and smash things in slow motion. It was a quick, one-trick thing, and just like a SNL skit, taking it longer wouldn’t work.
Corden went big. You can tell they put time and effort into it. You or I could’ve grabbed a bat and smashed things like Colbert.
Jimmy Fallon fully committed, too, with his frame-by-frame version of Too Much Time on My Hands by Styx.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
Here’s the original. I hit play on both and with only a little fiddling with pause & restart, they matched up exactly.
These two late-night comics prove that the music video isn’t dead–and that comedy doesn’t have to involve f-bombs and gross-out jokes.