Consequential Downturn

We’re back.

In case you missed it the first time, James Corden was on The Late Show recently. If I had to describe my first impression of the guy I’d say he was the secret love child of Tracey Ullman and Chris Farley. That’s not a bad thing, but it was a little bit too much of a thing for Dave, who was halfway through taping his second show on Thursday, was visibly tired and just wanted to go home. James was obviously nervous, but funny, and overall I thought he did a nice job. Here’s most of the interview:

Also, the PBS broadcast of “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor” honoring Jay Leno was a week ago this past Sunday. I didn’t enjoy it very much because, despite a ton of famous people telling us how great Jay is, none of them shared personal stories of how that greatness touched them. Instead, they lightly roasted him and showed clips of bits from his time hosting The Tonight Show. Jay deserved better.

I’ve posted the entire show if you want to watch it. If you don’t have ninety minutes, but want to at least tell people at parties that you saw some of it, then I suggest skipping to the 1:10:40 mark when Jay accepts his award. It was my favorite part because he, at least, told some stories.

Have a great weekend.

– Ben