YMMV / The Late Late Show

    Craig Ferguson's Run 
  • Acceptable Targets: Canadians (the wacky next-door neighbor), the French (they enjoy fornicating and judging you), the Germans (they like pooping on each other), and West Hollywood.
  • Award Snub: Over nearly two decades and multiple hosts, the show has received exactly one Emmy nomination: Craig Ferguson as best variety show performer in 2006.note 
    • But he won a Peabody Award in 2010 for his interview with Desmond Tutu.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Occurs every so often when-(ding-dong!) "Hey, who's that at the door? (checks door) IT'S SECRETARIAT!!!"
    • Craig had Wilford Brimley on the show only because he thought he'd seen the retired actor getting salad at his local grocery store. Brimley openly stated in the interview that even he didn't know why he was there, since he didn't have anything to promote.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: Not as bad as most examples, but it can sometimes occur due to the loads of running gags and minor characters who can disappear and reappear at anytime.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Any of his lip-synching openings Istanbul, Wonderful Night, Say Hey (I Love You), White Lines, and Look Out, There's a Monster Coming.
    • In one of the more obscure references he's ever made, the theme from Fireball XL5.
    • Craig's version of the Doctor Who theme, which took a while before it actually aired on The Late Late Show itself and got leaked to YouTube in the meantime.
    • The opening to the week in Scotland yes that is actually Craig himself signing.
    • Billy Connolly proved to be the first guest on the show to actually know how to play a harmonica (which every guest gets an opportunity to play at the end of their segment). Of course, Craig was prepared for such a day, awarding Billy with a golden mouth organ for his efforts.
    • David Pogue became the second Golden Mouth Organ recipient in the coda of his interview, immediately after pretending to have no clue what he was doing.
    • As did the aforementioned Wilford Brimley.
    • And to wrap up his tenure, Craig pulled out all the stops, complete with cameos from many good friends.
      • The song itself ("Bang Your Drums" by Dead Man Fall note ) starts with the studio version, before cutting to Craig, with two drummers, Steve Jones again, more musicians, belting out an epic live version.
  • Cult Classic: Inasmuch as a talk show can achieve this status. Craig's love of smut, nerdy references and improvising was too niche to find mainstream success like Leno did, but he won a devoted following, from internet geeks to fellow comedians to some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood. Bob Barker even made it a point to stop by when he retired.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Entertainment media took note when Craig said during his monologue that he would not joke about Britney Spears, citing his own struggles with alcohol and drugs. He made a similar statement recently about Charlie Sheen. At first, some saw the Britney stance as a ratings ploy, but with the Sheen statement he may be legitimately trying not to go after some obvious Acceptable Targets.
  • Ear Worm: "...Okay? Hey, hey! Tomorrow's just your future yesterday..."
    • Secretariat's leitmotif. It's probably just production library music, but it sure can get stuck in your head.
      • Admit it, it's stuck in your head now.
    • Many of the Check The Tweets intros can apply here.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Secretariat.
  • Fan Dumb: Some fans are indignant that Craig Ferguson wasn't announced as David Letterman's replacement for The Late Show, seeming to not realize or forget that Craig was never interested in being Letterman's successor and that he'd said that his style of comedy was better suited for a later time slot.
  • Genius Bonus: Not many late-night talk shows throw in jokes about Søren Kierkegaard or Gustave Flaubert. Even fewer do so while maintaining a full quota of poop and fart jokes. And probably none except Craig can do both within the same joke.
    Craig: I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "Craig, wasn't Nietzsche the father of Existentialism?" Well, he might be. Others say the father of Existentialism was [Jean-Paul] Sartre, perhaps even [Arthur] Schopenhauer. There's only one way to find out all three of them should go on The Maury Povich Show and take the paternity test.
  • Growing the Beard: Geoff Peterson became much funnier and more interactive with Craig after Josh Robert Thompson began voicing him live in lieu of Geoff's original batch of canned responses. More specifically, the segment where Geoff started the "I've got a place there" running gag and made Craig totally lose it marked the point where Geoff really began to shine.
  • Ho Yay: Pretty much Geoff's raison d'etre.
  • Moe: Hilariously the audience seems to consider Secretariat to be this, judging by how everyone always freaks out whenever Craig mocks him. Craig even lampshades the weirdness of this.
    "It's not a real horse!"
  • Tear Jerker: The pulling of Craig's Batman-themed monologue after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado resulted in a sobering monologue from Craig's desk in its place, in an empty studio. When Craig gets serious, it's really disarming.
    • The monologues on both his mother's and his father's passing.
    • The very last "Ladies and gentlemen, Craig Ferguson!" and the subsequent longest ovation in the history of the show.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of the special effects cards. Also, Craig sometimes does tricks directly into to the camera to screw with the stoned people watching.
    • Joked about during one Tweetmail segment.
    Craig: [reads tweet] "Some of us really do watch the show high, you know." Oh, I know. [whispers] Some of us do the show high.
    James Corden's Run 
  • Broken Base: Of the They Changed It, Now It Sucks variety. A lot of Ferguson's fans were less than amused with Corden's spin on the show, and have been upset about it since it started.
  • Tear Jerker: Of the happy variety, "That Could Be You" at the Tony Awards. James narrates how when he was a boy, seeing theater inspired him because it told him that he could also be onstage. He then proceeds to sing through a dozen musicals, starts with inspirational Jean Valijean and ends the number with a group of children of various diversities, who then turn into the Tony nominees.