‘Carpool Karaoke’ is one of the most popular segments on The Late Late Show with James Corden – and it has featured a lot of popular artists and personalities but did you know that the idea to make this actually came from a comedy sketch Corden made for BBC for the Comic Relief special in 2011?
In that sketch, Corden’s character was called Smithy, a plumber. He was riding along with his friend who happened to be George Michael. When called to attend a meeting for Comic Relief, Corden had to leave his friend in the car; though the latter begged for him to let him join the meeting.
To cheer Michael up, Corden played his favorite song – which happened to be a Wham! song [Michael was part of Wham!]. It worked; though Corden actually left Michael in the car to attend the meeting. Afterwards, they sang another song.
Watch the full video of the comic sketch here:
When Corden finally had his own show, he pitched the idea of Carpool Karaoke but though the producers approved the segment, no recording artist actually accepted the offer until Mariah Carey came along…
Here’s Corden explaining about the origin of Carpool Karaoke on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: