Rob Crabbe and Ben Winston Q&A: ‘Late Late Show with James Corden’
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), “The Late Late Show with James Corden” executive producer Ben Winston divulges that from the beginning, “we wanted to really push the boat out and not do the same thing every night. We wanted viewers to come to us and not know exactly what to expect.” Winston and Rob Crabbe, who joined him in the interview, contend this year for Best Variety Talk Series, Best Variety Special (“The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Special 2017”), and Best Interactive Program.
The series has become well-known for its sketches, including Carpool Karaoke, Roll Call, Drop the Mic, Spill Your Guts, and Crosswalk the Musical, all of which enjoy viewership on YouTube. “We want to make good content,” reveals Crabbe, “and now we have the benefit of the internet.” He adds, “I think that a lot of our stuff is digestible, and we don’t make a show that we think is a 12:37 a.m. show. We make a broad variety show that you can watch anytime.”
Crabbe and Winston won Emmys last year for the show’s first full season (only a few episodes aired in 2015 before Emmy balloting) for Best Variety Special (“The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special”) and Best Interactive Program. It also competed for Best Variety Talk Series, a rarity for a first season show, losing to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Crabbe previously contended in Best Variety Talk Series for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” (2014) and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (2013) and in Best Variety Special for “Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special” (2014). Winston is also nominated this year for writing and producing “The 70th Annual Tony Awards,” hosted by Corden.