The “Stranger Things” kids are already known for being the epitome of awesome. Somehow, though, James Corden found a way to make them even cooler, thanks to a super-funny musical sketch.
Everyone knows about Corden’s genius “Carpool Karaoke” sketches (and if you don’t, you totally should), but this latest bit might just top it. It features the “Stranger Things” kids before they were Netflix stars and instead were in a Motown cover band with Corden.
Their band, The Upside Downs (of course!), broke up after four of the members found fame with “Stranger Things,” leaving Corden to host the “Late Late Show” instead of fighting Demogorgons.
Leading up to a reunion performance, Finn Wolfhard—who plays Mike on “Stranger Things” —explained that Corden was held back a few years, which is why he looks a little older than the others. The five of them used to perform at high school proms, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties and nursing homes. While performing at a wedding, a guest there just so happened to be a Netflix executive and asked them to audition for “Stranger Things.” Corden encouraged the audition, although the others boys were hesitant because of their commitment to the band.
Unfortunately, all but one of them got the part. We bet you can guess which one.
“Don’t worry about me. I’m gonna be OK,” Corden, dressed as the character Eleven, says. “I’ll be fine as long as I don’t end up wearing a suit and sitting behind a desk.”
The whole thing is obviously a joke, but that didn’t stop Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will) from showcasing some serious talent! Not only are they adorable, but they can seriously sing. They all serenaded the audience with harmonies and choreographed dancing to hits like “My Girl” by the Temptations, The Four Tops’ “(Reach Out) I’ll Be There” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”