In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, the entire late night TV landscape is currently undergoing a massive changeover. After David Letterman departs The Late Show this spring, and after Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show later this year, we’ll have an almost entirely new late night TV lineup. One of the first big shifts took place last night with the debut of The Late Late Show with James Corden, as the Brit took over for Craig Ferguson, who departed the Letterman follow-up last fall.
I haven’t had a chance to watch Corden’s debut just yet, but he made a few significant changes to how late night TV is done here in the States—namely bringing out all of his guests at once (a la The Graham Norton Show), dispensing with the fake microphone atop his desk, and also leaving the desk altogether to take part in the interviews.
Corden had a leg-up in his debut with Tom Hanks as one of his first guests, and if you’ve ever watched Hanks on a late night talk show, you’re aware he’s one of the pros. In addition to being funny and just generally likeable, Hanks is game for almost anything. Indeed, the actor took part in a “bit” with Corden last night that saw him reenacting most of his filmography in 8 minutes. It’s an amusing video (the highlight is probably Big) and is further proof that Hanks is one of the nicest guys in Hollywood.
Watch the Tom Hanks video below, courtesy of The Late Late Show with James Corden.