Carpool Karaoke pretty much does what it says on the tin. Celebs get into a car, drive along with host James Corden and sing karaoke. A simple idea, true, but one that’s taken off in a major way. In fact, it’s now one of the most popular late-night segments on American TV. And a whole host of famous people have participated and sung their hearts out. It sounds like fun, and it’s fun to watch… but the Foo Fighters didn’t have fun filming it.
Carpool Karaoke is the brainchild of Corden himself, although it took a few years for it to evolve into the format that we know today. The earliest version, in fact, was a sketch done for the British TV charity fundraising event Red Nose Day 2011. It featured Corden – in character as Smithy from his show Gavin and Stacy – singing along with George Michael in a car.
As Corden rose to become one of the most popular entertainers on British TV, another segment of what would later become Carpool Karaoke was commissioned. This one was part of a 2014 documentary called When Corden Met Barlow, and it was basically six minutes’ worth of Corden singing along with Take That frontman Gary Barlow.