James Corden is just hours away from his debut as host of one of America’s most popular chat shows.
Corden will present The Late Late show, interviewing Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and Ted actress Mila Kunis during his first episode.
The 36-year-old, who takes over from Scottish-born Craig Ferguson, maintains his humour can work across the pond, saying: “Funny is funny. And if it’s good, it travels.”
He has professed to feeling like “the luckiest man on earth” but admitted apprehension as to how his presenting style will be received.
He told the Guardian at the weekend: “These shows are bred on familiarity. It’s going to take a really long time to get anybody to watch it.”
And he urged people not judge the reaction prematurely.
“To judge it on a night or a month or six months, it’s the equivalent of trying a souffle after it’s been in the oven for 10 minutes.”
Later in the week Corden will be joined by US actors Chris Pine and Will Ferrell.
The show’s producers along with Corden have already said they intend to use a British technique that doesn’t happen as often on US chatshows – bringing all the guests on together.
Hoping it will spark some spontaneity Corden said: “Seeing people interact in a way that is a bit more interesting.”
The show will air on US network CBS at 11.35pm CST (4.35am Irish Time tomorrow).