British comedian Dom Joly has weighed in on James Corden’s move to the USA – and admits he didn’t think he’d be a success.
The Trigger Happy TV star, 49, who rose to prominence with his 90s sketch show, has weighed in on the matter as he embarks on his own comedic foray across the pond.
‘I didn’t think he had a hope in Hell,’ he told MailOnline. ‘I don’t think he’s a comedian either. He’s like a hybrid. He has this inherent drive, there’s no British laziness there.
‘He’s done incredibly well.’
‘I didn’t think he had a hope in Hell!’ Trigger Happy TV’s Dom Joly admits he thought James Corden wouldn’t make it as a chat show host in America
Honest: ‘I didn’t think he had a hope in Hell,’ Dom told MailOnline about James Corden [pictured with the Foo Fighters during Carpool Karaoke]. ‘I don’t think he’s a comedian either. He’s like a hybrid. He has this inherent drive, there’s no British laziness there. ‘He’s done incredibly well’
Dom’s musings on James comes as he launches his new Audible series Dom Joly’s Big American Vacation – an original podcast which sees him travel more than 5,000 miles in a bi-coastal adventure across the USA.
‘I love America – it’s such a massive country. But I hate Trump; so I wanted to visit the weirder bits to speak to the people who voted for Trump,’ he said.
Teasing what went on during the tour, Dom said: ‘My favourite experience was actually not in America – it was when we did this experience of crossing the border into Mexico – they blindfolded us, there were fires, we were attacked by police and a drug cartel and there was a tarantula involved.’
On the road: ‘I love America – it’s such a massive country. But I hate Trump; so I wanted to visit the weirder bits to speak to the people who voted for Trump,’ he said
Dom roves across the continent in his Chrysler in the podcast series, investigating coffin races at the Cryonics Mardi Gras, attending drive-through weddings, watching competitive Cornish-hen bowling and alligator wrestling, speaking to marijuana sommeliers and visiting the most terrifying hotel in the country.
‘I wanted to travel across the country and try to remind myself of both the extraordinary variety in landscape and people of this remarkable country,’ Dom went on. ‘I have had a long love affair with the place.
‘But in a way America is two countries – an outer, cosmopolitan, Democratic circle surrounding the inner circle – the fly-over States – the people who love Jesus, guns and Trump. I wanted to see more of that America – the America of endless horizons and one-horse towns.’
The comedian is also bringing back the Trigger Happy format, but is subtitlng it ‘Reloaded’.
‘It’s not TV any more. It’s completely new – there’s a theme to the new series. We have a real-life internet troll, a social justice warrier, black cabbiess, racists, someone who claims to be Banksy…’ Dom explained.
‘When I brought it back I had done the whole hidden camera thing – it was 15 years ago and now hidden camera, as a medium, is on the lowest rung in comedy. If you’re clever you write scripts.
‘Doing the show is an art form – artistic and clever. I wanted to bring it back to show the whippersnappers how to do it.’
Dom Joly’s Big American Vacation is available in full, completely free for members and non-members alike at www.audible.co.uk/domjoly.