In case you haven’t checked out his Playbill history recently, James Corden is a legit musical theater star. The “Late Late Show” host put his pipes on full display Thursday with a humorous — and admittedly, lovely — rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” called “Somewhere After ‘The Late Show.'”
Corden opened his lyrics by classifying the late-night wars “as a desperate scramble, where “earning billions in revenue” is what matters the most. Soon, he hit the chorus: “Somewhere after ‘The Late Show’/post-Colbert/There’s a talk show of which a lot of you aren’t aware.”
Next time the hook came around, it went: “Somewhere after ‘The Late Show’/you’ll find me/One more affable white guy gabbing on your TV.”
The parody of the beautiful tune July Garland made famous continued at the next interval with: “Somewhere after ‘The Late Show/I’m on too/Drunks stay after ‘The Late Show’/Why, then oh why, can’t you?”
So step your game up, alcoholics — you too stoners and virgins, Corden croons. Naturally, Reggie Watts and the band were dressed as the “Wizard of Oz” gang, playing along in the background.
Watch the video above.