Comic Relief viewers had a treat when Take That stepped into James Corden’s car for a special Carpool Karaoke. Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald joined the host of America’s The Late Late Show for a one-off sketch to raise money for Red Nose Day. In the two-part skit, Take That and James performed some of their best loved hits, including Shine, Babe and Never Forget. Gary sat in the front next to James, who admitted, “For me as a Take That fan to be here in this car is unreal for me.”
The fun kicked off with James asking the band who is next to leave. “Depends what your driving’s like?” joked Gary. Then Howard dropped the bombshell: “I’ve figured it out – if I leave, I think Gary and Mark will be alright.” But James said: “I would disagree. If you leave Howard, it’s Robson and Jerome.” There were more laughs as James asked the guys what fans throw at them these days. “Is it just spanx?” he laughed, joking that their fans are older now. “It used to be teddies,” said Mark. Then James quipped: “Now it’s ‘Pulled my back for good’, ‘Everything changes during the menopause’ and ‘Always forget’." And during a funny quiz that James had devised for the band, Howard told a hilarious story about his past dreadlock hairstyle: “I’ll tell you a story,” he said, “I stayed in his [Gary’s] mansion like Disneyland in Cheshire, honestly it’s like Disneyland. And because I was staying there with my dreadlocks he put polythene on the bloody pillow.” All four men were in hysterics
In part two of the sketch, the laughter continued as James decided it was time for Take That to crack America. He takes the band onto the streets and begins handing out their CD to passers-by. Mark helps, saying: “Do you want a cd? We’re called Take That, we’re from the UK.” There’s more hilarity as the band serenade a couple with A Million Love Songs, before they descend on an unsuspecting optician shop where they perform to shoppers. Afterwards, Mark asks: “Is there anything like us out her James? I don’t feel like there is.” Gary replies: “There’s a reason for that,” to much laughter.
There was a brief moment of seriousness in the sketch when Gary spoke about being on stage. He revealed: “I’ll be honest about being on stage… you’ve got family, you’ve got home life - sometimes I can’t wait to get on there for a bit of peace. It’s two hours where I put my ears in and it’s just me, my brothers and the audience, and it’s just brilliant. I almost don’t want to come off because I know I’m going back to that real world.”