James Corden recruited members of Great Britain’s beloved pop trio Take That in a special edition of Carpool Karaoke to support Comic Relief’s 2017 Red Nose Day campaign. Corden’s beaming fanboy enthusiasm is palpable as Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen climb into the car and don their red noses for the auspicious and important occasion.
The fantastic foursome belt out a bevy of Take That’s biggest hits including “Shine,” “Greatest Day,” “Giants,” “Never Forget,” and the infectious 1995 hit “Back for Good.” Corden, as usual, never misses a beat on these wildly popular tracks. He also can’t resist injecting some of his dry, sarcastic humor as he jokes about the once-five-piece band being reduced to a trio quipping, “This is the first time I’ve spent any real time with you as a three. Who’s next to leave?”
The UK-based Red Nose Day special aired on March 24 on British network, BBC One. But, Corden and Take That cruise the streets in Los Angeles in this Carpool Karaoke segment. It’s rather bittersweet that his first official Carpool Karaoke guest was the late, great British pop star George Michael in a 2011 segment also filmed for Comic Relief. In a recent AXS interview, Corden names Sir Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Taylor (Swift), Barbra Streisand and Billy Joel as some of the iconic artists he'd love to have join him for future Carpool Karaoke segments.
This Take That musical trek takes a funny turn when Corden convinces the boys to pound the pavement on foot in an effort to raise American awareness of the British band’s music. Corden quizzes local passersby, asking if they know about Take That. He cheerily passes out CDs and charges them to “Tweet it!” and “Instagram It!”
Red Nose Day works to end homelessness and hunger in Africa and the UK. Per the website, the 2017 campaign has raised over £71 million pounds so far. Lots of celebrities supported the cause this year, including Grammy-winning pop superstar Ed Sheeran, who made his first emotional trip to Africa for Comic Relief a few months before the BBC One special aired.
Check out James Corden’s entire Carpool Karaoke segment with Take That in the attached video clip.
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