It's been a while since TV viewers got to watch the shit-talking trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hit the streets, as the gap between their former series Top Gear and their new Amazon show The Grand Tour grows longer. But thanks to James Corden and The Late Late Show, we finally get to see them back behind the wheel, and what's more, we get to watch them answering seemingly simple trivia questions about the most random subject matter. Check the hilarity out below!
Well that was fun and minutely informative! It takes a lot of concentration just to maneuver a vehicle correctly around winding turns on dust-filled roads, and it requires almost an entirely different brain to cope with things once James Corden is right there, giggling and hollering inane questions. It would make 5 p.m. traffic more entertaining, even if there wasn't any actual fast driving involved.
When everything got started, you just know that Jeremy Clarkson thought that he was going to win it all. He probably thought that Corden should have had his trophy already etched and ready to go. But while he definitely did well answering bits about oceans and alcohol, he was not the cream of the crop (gear). Clarkson did not do so well when answering about Santa's reindeer, and he also crashed the car in a HUGE way. (He does deserve extra points for dodging that Top Gear question in a classy enough manner.)
Another non-winner in the bunch was James May, whose circuit around the track presumably did finish before that rock eroded. The real champion of the day was Richard Hammond, who mixed his driving skills with his intelligence to...well, basically offer up an enjoyable and silly skit from a late night talk show. But with that comes respect!
You watch an episode of Jeopardy! and you expect to see general knowledge questions and answers being bandied about within the confines of a studio set. But I'm thinking someone on the producer side needs to take that show on location for a vehicle-set week of episodes. Each contestant is driving and listening over a helmet and...What do you mean that's a stupid idea?
There's a good chance we won't see a speck of question-and-answer segments whenever Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return to the small screen for the upcoming Amazon series The Grand Tour, in full 4K glory. The show will make its grand debut on Friday, November 18. Meanwhile, The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS at 12:30 a.m. ET. To see when everything else is heading to your televisions in the hours prior to that, head to our trivia-free fall premiere schedule.