Valentine’s Day: a time for champagne, roses, musical serenades, and — if you’re James Corden — destruction.
You’ve seen the setup before: A talk show host brings a single woman onstage, she talks about her boyfriend stationed overseas, and — surprise! — he’s actually backstage, waiting to sweep her off her feet with a romantic marriage proposal. But this is the Late Late Show, and Corden had other plans for his Tuesday night broadcast.
After enlisting the help of Broadway actor and Girls star Andrew Rannells to dazzle the crowd with a gooey rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” as confetti falls from overhead, the reunited couple begins to fight. It turns out they don’t want to get married, after all. Corden doesn’t take the news well.
“Hang on. Don’t be upset. You said you were 100 percent. 100 percent is 100 percent,” Corden says. “Clearly, this is a complete disaster. We spent a fortune on this. Andrew flew from London two hours early to rehearse this… we bought you a cruise! We wanted to send you on a honeymoon!”
He then chucks the oversized $10,000 check — made out to the would-be couple — into a castle of champagne glasses, sending them crashing to the ground.
Watch the full sketch above.