Belfast Telegraph

Monday 30 November 2015

Billy on the Box: Corden in an awful league of his own

Published 11/03/2011

It’s a tough question — just who is the most annoying James on television right now?

Is it Mr Oliver, saviour of the world’s eating habits and now tackling schools? I eagerly await Jamie’s Perfect Prisons with Mr Mackay and the cast of Fraggle Rock sorting out a few felons.

Or is Mr Redknapp. Professional obscene trouser wearer, stater of the bleedin’ obvious and loveable Cockney barrowboy who knows a lot of famous people.

Or is it Mr Corden? Of course it is. And he showed why on the inexplicable return of A League of Their Own 3.

“This isn’t a show, it’s a social experiment,” said panelist John Bishop. That has gone very badly wrong.

“This time it’s bigger, it’s longer and who knows it might even be better.” As Corden’s dad, Mr Loaf, once said ‘two out of three ain’t bad.

Lots of swearing from Freddie Flintoff, Phil Taylor saying next to nothing, Georgie Thompson (pictured) being lovely and Jimmy Carr being Jimmy Carr. Jokes about paedophiles, the homeless and starving Africans — it was never like this on Sporting Triangles.

Biggest laugh of the night came from Corden when he did an impression of Basil Brush, wetting himself as he shouted ‘boom, boom!’. Cutting edge stuff this. There is an obvious comparison, of course. One a cuddly, comic genius you’d love to see being chased by a pack of dogs; the other one is a fox.

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