Who needs the bright lights of Broadway when all the world's a stage - even the crosswalks! For a bit that aired on The Late Late Show this week, James Corden gleefully entertained waiting traffic as he took to the streets of Los Angeles to perform songs from the hit 1970s musical, Grease.
The British talk-show host enlisted the help of a theatre company to perform the pop-up production at the busy juncture of Beverly Blvd. and Genesee Ave. On production day, the group delighted drivers stopped at red lights with their snappy performances - each contained to the duration of a single light (and, at times, eliciting honks from LA drivers for running a second long).
At one point during the production, James, who starred as Danny Zuko in the skit, even hopped on top of an unsuspecting vehicle to perform a dramatic rendition of “Grease Lightning,” which featured plenty of air guitar.
The stunt comes hot on the heels of other headline-making sketches from the funnyman, including an impromptu in-car karaoke session with Mariah Carey and recreating Tom Hanks’ filmography with the actor himself.
James has recieved praise as the host of The Late Late Show. Photo © Getty
The 36-year-old British comedian made his talk-show debut last month and has thus far received praise from fans and critics alike.
The positive reaction is no doubt a relief to James, who admitted to The Guardian that he was apprehensive about how the show would be received.
"These shows are bred on familiarity. It's going to take a really long time to get anybody to watch it," he said. "To judge it on a night or a month or six months, it's the equivalent of trying a soufflé after it's been in the oven for 10 minutes."