Here in L.A., the
show airs on weeknights at 12:30 PM, right after "The Late Show
with Steven Colbert" (which, by the way, is taped in New York).
Fortunately, James Corden tapes his show right here in Hollywood, at CBS Television City, the same place where they tape "The Price is Right" and where they filmed past hit shows like "All in the Family" and "The Carol Burnett Show".
And you can get tickets to be part of the show's live studio audience. Better yet, they're free.
James Corden is a
likable Brit who has his fingers in a lot of pies. He's starred
in a hit sitcom in England, he's a good singer who has been on
Broadway, and he's done movies as well (you may have seen him as the
Baker in the Disney movie version of the musical "Into the Woods").
So, not surprisingly, one of his more popular bits on the show involves singing: "Carpool Karaoke",
in which Corden drives a car, with a celeb in the passenger seat, while
the two of them sing along to pop songs on the radio. It's often
a hilarious bit. (You can watch him doing it with Adele here.)
Because the show is
new (and on late), it usually doesn't get as many big stars as often as
some other talk shows,
But they've still had plenty of big names popping up on the show, including: Tom Hanks, Kaley Cuoco, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Meg Ryan, Helen Hunt, LL Cool J, Kristen Stewart, Matt Damon, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Patrick Harris, Claire Danes, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Chris Pine, Kirsten Dunst, Matthew Perry, James Van Der Beek, Katharine McPhee, Michael Douglas, Courteney Cox, Jason Alexander, Anna Faris, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Kudrow, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Elizabeth Banks, Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Renner, Zachary Levi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryan Cranston, Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Kurt Russell, David Beckham, Zooey Deschanel, Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Don Cheadle, Melissa McCarthy, Charlize Theron, Tom Hiddleston, Jane Lynch, Kate Beckinsale, Anna Paquin, Zachary Quinto, et al.
Still, don't be surprised if you end up with lesser celebs on the day you go...
The first step is to go here. (Yes, here!)
Sign up for tickets on that site, and they will contact you and let you know you've got them, and they'll tell you where to go and when to get there. Be sure to confirm with them quickly after you're notified that the tickets are available. (There's a minimum age of 16 for show.)
They tell you there's a dress code, but don't take that too seriously, and dress comfortably. They just don't want you to show up sloppily dressed, so avoid shorts and T-shirts. Wear comfortable shoes, because you'll be doing some standing.
As of this writing, odds are you'll be told to show up at CBS Television City at around 3 or 3:30 PM. But it pays to arrive earlier, since TV shows always give out more tickets than they have seats, on the theory that some people won't show up. So if you're not early, you risk not getting into the taping.
You won't be able to park at the studio, so you'll probably wind up parking at The Grove next door. If you do, be warned that parking fees there can be high, so get your ticket validated at that shopping center. But the good thing is that the Grove and Farmers Market offer a wide range of restaurants where you can enjoy a meal before or after the taping, and they're just fun places to visit on their own.
Once you're at CBS TV CIty, you'll stand in line for a while on the sidewalk (in the sun, which can be a problem on a hot day -- but they'll bring you umbrellas, which help), then you'll pass through a security check, and they'll take you to a shaded, outdoor waiting area with bleacher seating, for another wait.
They'll offer you a chance to buy snacks and souvenirs, but the snacks are overpriced, so you might be better off bringing your own or dining before the show. After about 30 minutes there, you'll be led inside the actual studio.
Once indoors, they'll lead you up three flights of stairs (there's an elevator for those who have trouble climbing stairs, so speak up if that's your situation), to Studio 56, where the show is taped, and you'll be seated. (Some people felt that the studio was quite cold inside.)
One complaint seems to be that the show's producers like to put the young, attractive, well-dressed people up front, where they can be easily seen, while relegating the less-young & attractive to lesser seats. But that's Hollywood for you - always trying to present a particular image...
Once you're seated for the show, a warm-up guy will do his best to get you in the mood for the experience (encouraging you to clap and laugh, of course).
The actual show starts taping around 5 PM and usually finishes before 7 PM.
Again, to get started, sign up for your free tickets here.
Getting there: CBS Television City is located right next to (north of) the original Farmers Market and The Grove, in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles (just south of Hollywood). From Hollywood & Highland, take Highland south (about a mile and a half) to Beverly Blvd, turn right (west) on Beverly and go about another mile or so to Fairfax. The studio will be on your left (south) side. (You'll find Farmers Market just south of the studio, at Third & Fairfax.)
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