It was a star-studded night on Sept. 8 when a slew of notable celebrities, including Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow and more, came together for the XQ Super School Live television special. The event was hosted by Viola Davis and aired on CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox as well as YouTube. Hollywood’s best and brightest were all there for a good cause—to support XQ Super School, a project designed to improve America’s high schools and make the education system better suited to prepare students for the unique demands of 21st century life.
The event included performances by rappers, actors, singers and dancers. Joining the ranks of the stars who turned out to lend their talents to the event were actor Tom Hanks and “The Late Late Show” host James Corden, who delivered a special edition of Corden’s wildly popular segment from his late-night-show-turned-series “Carpool Karaoke.” The concept of “Carpool Karaoke” is simple: Corden cruises around with A-listers while they rock out to the stars’ favorite jams, often their own tunes if they are a musician.
In this instance, the jamming took place in a school bus, apropos for the education theme of the night. Hanks is the driver of the bus, and is joined by Corden and a crew of students to belt out the pop anthem “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde. Check out the whole entertaining clip around the 2:00 mark in the video below:
Too funny! Following their silly performance, Corden and Hanks take the stage to get serious for a moment about the focus of the night: America’s education system.
“Let’s rebuild high schools so [kids] can fully realize who they are and what they’re capable of,” says Corden.
“Let’s all stand up right now and always—for who? For the kids in America!” adds Hanks.
We’re glad these two were able to share their comedic (and musical) talents for a good cause!