James Corden starred as Smithy in first ever Carpool Karaoke with George Michael

James Corden

starred in the first ever Carpool Karaoke alongside George Michael years before his skit went viral on The Late Late Show.

The Gavin and Stacey star appeared as his character Smithy as he drove around London with the late superstar back in 2011.

Smithy and George sang along to a variety of songs as they drove around in his scruffy work car in a special sketch for BBC’s Red Nose Day Comic Relief, the year after Gavin and Stacey came to an end.

But with it’s imminent return getting fans even more excited for Christmas Day, we had a look back at the hilarious scenes he filmed with the Wham! star, who sadly died on Christmas Day in 2016.

James starred as Smithy
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As the scene begins, Smithy, dressed in his signature tracksuit, is driving and singing along to Club Tropicana when he receives a phone call from Lenny Henry who begs him for help down at the Television Centre.

Smithy initially says he can’t help because he’s spending the day with a mate who’s been away for a while, but eventually caves and says he’ll head over.

It’s then revealed that George is sitting in the passenger seat, dressed in a matching tracksuit.

George appeared to make a joke about the 2010 incident where he crashed into a Snappy Snaps shop as he told Smithy: “But you said we were going to pick up my photos.”

He was joined on the road by George
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George then asks: “So can I come to Comic Relief then?”

“No,” Smithy tells him.

George asks why before telling Smithy: “Oh come on, let’s be honest, you don’t want me to come with you because you don’t want to be seen with a gay man.”

He adds: “I’ve seen you, the way you look at that mate of yours, what do you call him? Gavlar. Such a pair of closet bummers, it’s ridiculous.”

Smithy protests and says: “What you get up to in your spare time is up to you alright, but not…”

George proved he has a great sense of humour
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George jumps in again to ask why he can’t go to Comic Relief.

And his face is a picture when Smithy says: “Because you’re a joke, George. It’s embarrassing. I can’t walk into Comic Relief with you. Comic Relief’s about helping people like you!”

George sulks and appears to hold back tears and Smithy breaks the tension by putting some music on.

He starts singing along to Wham! hit I’m Your Man and George can’t resist joining in.

When they pull up outside the BBC, Smithy tells George to wait in the car and he runs inside, but not before telling George “love you”.

Gavin and Stacey returns on Christmas Day
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He soon gets back in the car and they drive off, resuming their impromptu concert.

In 2015, James took over hosting US talk show The Late Late Show and devised Carpool Karaoke as a running skit to be featured on the show.

He’s shared rides and singalongs with some of the world’s biggest stars.

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