Pete Buttigieg Shares How Attending A Baseball Game Changed His Life

L-R James Corden, Pete Buttigieg (image via The Late Late Show)

One of the things to come out of this election cycle that I’ll long appreciate is the emergence of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg onto the national stage.

Over the past year and a half, Buttigieg demonstrated how a mayor of a mid-sized city can show up and go toe-to-toe with not only experienced political candidates but also the press (Fox News, I’m looking at you).

Last night, Mayor Pete made an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden where he addressed the state of the election cycle (“It’s all going to come down to getting out the vote”) but also offered a positive view on the resiliency of the American people.

“We have to find a way to get through this,” said Buttigieg. “This is a country that has been through pandemics, it has been through wars; at one point, half the country broke off and declared war against the other half. And this country still stands. We have got to find a way through this and I believe that starts with electing new leadership.”

“Now, we’re also the generation that could blow it,” he added. “That’s part of the reason this election is so high stakes. But if we get it right in the next few years, the 2020s could go down in history as the time America stood up and turned in a better direction. And by the middle of this century could be delivering to humanity something as important as the founding of America itself. I really believe that – if we do the work, and that’s why we’re doing the work.”

And in another segment called “Late Late Show And Tell,” Corden asked Mayor Pete to share something from his home that the general public wouldn’t generally get to see.

Buttigieg revealed a red baseball he received on the night of his first date with now-husband Chasten. The couple had attended a baseball game, and the souvenirs were a give-away at the game that night. Later in the date, the couple held hands for the first time.

“That moment we held hands was one of the best moments of my life,” shared Buttigieg. “I keep this baseball around because they were giving them out that night. It’s just a reminder of how any given night can change the rest of your life.”

At a time when so many politicians and elected officials give us much to be cynical about, I find Buttigieg continually serves up reasons to look for the good in those in public service.

Billy Porter Makes An Entrance (Or Three) On ‘The Late Late Show’

Billy Porter sings 'I Will Survive' on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Billy Porter makes an entrance on The Late Late Show with James Corden

To say that Emmy Award nominee Billy Porter ‘dropped by’ The Late Late Show with James Corden on Wednesday could be one of the great understatements of the week.

After his fellow guest, Kirsten Dunst, entered through the show’s curtains looking lovely as ever and took a seat on the interview couch, Corden introduced the POSE star.

Enter Hurricane Billy.

Adorned in a gold lamé cape (which became wings a la his Met gala fashion statement), Porter made his way down the stairs towards the stage only to u-turn and head back behind the curtains.

Sporting a new rainbow robe and a bouquet of roses, Porter re-emerged to make his way through the audience again.

And he’s not done yet!

Dropping the robe to reveal a purple, glitter jumpsuit, Porter runs to the band to shake a tambourine like a pro. He’s then carried on a platform, in Cleopatra-style, to the stage by two shirtless muscle hunks.

The crowd goes wild, but Corden – feigning outrage that time has been taken from Ms. Dunst – dismisses Porter from the stage.

“Fine, James, fine!” says Porter as he exits.

But wait – there’s more!

Billy Porter sings 'I Will Survive' on The Late Late Show with James Corden

As Corden attempts to interview Dunst, music swirls, curtains open and Porter launches into a spectacular disco-tastic performance of Gloria Gaynor’s iconic “I Will Survive” complete with hunky dancers and roller-skaters.

Watch Billy Porter’s lesson in how to make an entrance below.

In a later segment, Porter is back on the couch as Corden asks the Tony Award winner about turning 50 this Saturday, just a day before he could make history as the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama.’

“I feel great,” says Porter. “I have to say, everything that people say about getting older, that it gets better – is the truth.”

“I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been, I’m experiencing a type of success that I didn’t even know how to dream of,” he added. “It’s really, really remarkable.”

“And – the best part about it is – once you get to a certain age you have zero f*cks to give about anything or anybody! Period.”

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world – the shackles are off,” he declared. “Say what you want – I’m gonna do me, and I’m gonna do it ’til I’m dead!”

Make sure to tune in to the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, September 22, at 8 pm ET on Fox.

The Late Late Show Parodies Current Tenants Of The White House “When I Grow Up”

James Corden and The Late Late Show hit another out of the park with this parody of the current White House tenants ‘back when.’

Composer Tim Minchin, Ben Platt (Dear Even Hansen), Abigail Spencer (“Timeless”) and host James Corden perform a parody of Matilda’s “When I Grow Up” playing the roles of Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon, respectively, wondering what running the world would be like as adults.

Just. Fab.

Watch below:

(h/t Boy Culture)

Sia Joins THE LATE LATE SHOW’s James Corden For Some “Carpool Karaoke”

The fabulous Sia joins The Late Late Show host James Corden for some “Carpool Karaoke,” and the results are big fun.

Corden, who finds himself lost on the way to work, sees Sia and realizes SHE is the perfect person to give him directions to work.

Along the way, Sia and Corden belt out some of her biggest hits like “Chandelier”, “Diamonds,” “Elastic Heart”, “Alive”, and “Titanium.”

The awesome Aussie also explained the famously over-sized, face-obscuring wigs and hats: “I don’t wear this unless there’s cameras around. I only wear this to maintain a modicum of privacy.”

At one point Corden takes issue with Sia’s diction while singing. And she just laughs LOL…

I love that I had the unexpected but fabulous experience of meeting Sia when she visited Las Vegas in March of last year. She came to see her idol, Olivia Newton-John, in concert and she came backstage for a spell. She was more than joyous, and very happy to take a pic with me. Like just about every Aussie I’ve ever met, she was full of life and completely down to earth. 

Funny: Josh Groban & James Corden Sing Public Domain Songs

James Corden and Josh Groban perform Public Domain songs

Josh Groban joins James Corden of The Late Late Show for a mini-concert of Public Domain songs since more current songs are so expensive.

Now you might think this would be a tad boring, but Groban finally finds his PD voice and “raises” everyone’s excitement about the endeavor by “Grobanizing” the final ditty.

Groban surprises a bit here by singing with his eyes open (for the most part), which has been a pet peeve of mine regarding his performances for some time.

Cute segment.

The Late Late Show: Stevie Wonder Carpool Karaoke

Another great segment by James Corden and The Late Late Show team.

In this Carpool Karaoke clip, Stevie Wonder helps James get to work(it’s easier to commute in the carpool lane, don’t you know?), although in the beginning no one’s quite sure who’s going to drive.

Once that gets sorted out, Stevie shares some ideas he has about James including forming a new band called The WonderCats, although Stevie puts his foot down that James must never play the harmonica.

In a FaceTime call to a friend, Stevie does come to the ultimate truth that “all English guys look the same” to him.

Funny, funny stuff and great chemistry between the two. Plus, lots of Stevie Wonder karaoke along the way.