James Corden hosts The Late Late Show from a neighbor’s house

Well, this was an unexpected joy, not only for James Corden, but also for his surprise co-host, his guests and us, the audience of Corden’s seventh episode leading The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.

For Thursday’s episode — which he undoubtedly had to tape a night or multiple nights before — Corden roamed a street near the CBS Television City where he’d normally shoot his late-night talk show, looking for a suitable neighbor to say yes and invite him, bandleader Reggie Watts, his writers and camera crew, plus all of his guests to stage the hourlong show inside their home.

Corden eventually found eager and willing participants with a filmmaker named Tommy and his housemates, and much to their continued surprise, Corden hosted a complete show in the home, with a hammy monologue, guests Jeff Goldblum, Beck, and Rick Schwartz. Which also meant a musical performance by Beck and his band — which really delighted Tommy, who told the musician he owned five Beck albums on vinyl and asked him to sign one — plus zoo animals courtesy of Schwartz.

Roll the clips!

And this clip didn’t make it on TV, so watch “Reggie’s Question” online:

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