James Corden became an instant hit in the United States after making his eagerly anticipated debut as host of The Late Late Show on Monday.
The Tony award-winning British actor and comedian kicked off by introducing himself to his American viewers – since he is relatively unknown across the Atlantic. He then invited actors Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis as his first celebrity guests to help him take over the show.
Only a few minutes into the show, Corden made it clear that he was indeed the right choice to succeed Craig Ferguson, who hosted the gig for almost a decade. Ferguson is reportedly in talks with Tribune Media to host a new half-hour show in a 7:30 p.m. time slot.
While the entire premiere was outstanding, here are the top five most entertaining moments from Corden’s debut of the iconic late-night show:
James Corden's Golden Ticket
Hollywood legends including Meryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno help Corden believe that he is fit for the new job.
Mila Kunis Almost Admits She Is Married
While discussing parenting with Mila Kunis, who recently gave birth to a daughter, Corden tricked her into (almost) admitting if she was married to Ashton Kutcher.
Tom Hanks Is the Face of "Manspreading"
Tom Hanks finally got a chance to take on the viral photo showing him "manspreading" on the New York City subway.
Tom Hanks and James Corden Doing Movies Parodies
This is perhaps the most entertaining sketch of the entire show. Both Hanks and Corden team up for hilarious parodies of Tom Hanks movies including Sleepless in Seattle, The Terminal and Castaway.
James Corden's Late Night Ballad
The show ended with Corden singing a ballad about his new adventure on U.S. television and thanking his first-night guests.
Guests scheduled later this week on The Late Late Show with James Corden include Will Ferrell, Chris Pine and Kevin Hart. Michael Douglas, David Beckham and Simon Cowell are also set to appear in coming weeks.