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Video: Beck, Jeff Goldblum Surprise Strangers At Their House
Of all the random things that happen in L.A., we wish Beck, Jeff Goldblum, James Corden and Reggie Watts would surprise us at our door. That's what happened to these lucky Angelenos—and we're very, very envious.
Corden, the new host of CBS' The Late Late Show, aired on Thursday night an entire episode filmed at the home of some random L.A. residents. He and his crew (including comedian and musician Watts, who's his show's band leader) knocked on the doors of people's homes just a few blocks away from the CBS Studios in the Fairfax area to see if they'd let him film his show inside their house. While some declined, he finally got a guy named Tommy and two of his roommates, Luke and Jessica, to agree to let them shoot there. But that's when things quickly escalated into awesomeness.
Like any other late-night talk show, Corden did his monologue in their living room, and then had guests that swing by for interviews. Goldblum showed up at the door as their first guest and he even brought gifts, which were t-shirts emblazoned with images of his face and shirtless chest. "My wife does like to wear them," Goldblum said, "and they're particularly soft." You can see Goldblum enter at the 10:55-minute mark in the clip below:
When Beck showed up, the whole crew, including Goldblum, decided to play hide-and-seek in the house.
And then Beck performed "Country Down" with a full band by the bookshelf:
Jessica tweeted everything as it went down:
The Late Late Show also tweeted out a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos and videos:
The #LateLateShow crew watching the madness unfold in #TommysHouse. pic.twitter.com/GpbOv8hKm8— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) April 3, 2015
Same. #TommysHouse pic.twitter.com/ueSarg2zBb— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) April 3, 2015
Apparently, the idea behind shooting at a stranger's house came from Sean O'Conner, a writer and comedian who works for The Late Late Show:
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