Shalom Life | May 02, 2015

James Corden Wants to Host YOUR Bar or Bat Mitzvah [VIDEO]

The 'Late Late Show' host launches #CorbenMitzvah contest, with one lucky winner to get the party of the century

By: Tanya Grabarnik

Published: May 1st, 2015 in Culture » TV » News

Photo: James Corden

Credit: YouTube Screenshot


What was your Bar/Bat Mitzvah like? Were any roofs on fire? Were any of Iggy Azalea's pants split wide open for all the uninitiated, fresh-faced pre-teens to see? Was Nicki Minaj approached by any awkward, over-zealous, little boys? For me, it was just me and my family and my little group of friends and fellow campers, singing songs and eating cake. It was great and I could not be happier with it and I would not change a minute of it. I never really wanted a huge one, but I understand that some kids do. And boy do they get them.

As Late Late Show host James Corden points out, celebrities performing at Jewish coming-of-age ceremonies is nothing new – we just happen to live in a time and a place when everybody hears about it. Also not new(s) is celebrities taking gigs to make money and posting about them to gain publicity. What is new, however, is late night television shows offering to plan and throw a Bat/Bar Mitzvah for a lucky little boy or girl whose parents agree to help him or her turn their special day into a PR opportunity for a celebrity they never heard of.

Enter James Corden, who's still climbing the ranks of Late Night show stardom - though he did start pretty big by getting Mila Kunis as his first ever guest star. In a video released Wednesday, Corden refers to Minaj's instantly famous appearance at a Bar Mitzvah in New York. He seems to sympathize with any subsequent attempts to throw a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and offers to do it for you - because you know you won't be able to top a Niki Minaj appearance on your own.

I can't help suspect that he has intentionally thrown himself into what is essentially a publicity contest, that he is capitalizing on Jewish traditions and culture to further his career (perhaps not intentionally and there may be nothing wrong with that per se). But I also want to believe, and I do believe, that he is, at least to some extent, truly sympathetic and simply wants to help throw a kick-ass party. Let's hope so.

Having said that, if your child is interested in having a #CordenMitzvah, share via Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Tumblr on how James Corden can make "your bar or bat mitzvah mind-blowing." For contest details, see here.

Let's not forget, though, to make sure the actual meaning of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah doesn't get lost in all the hoopla. And at the end of the day, of course, it's up to the parents and the child to decide what the celebration means to them, and how to integrate that meaning into it – regardless of budget and celebrity guests. Though I'm sure with CBS backing the party, Corden shouldn't run into too many problems.

The only real difficulty for the late show host will be picking just one winner – God knows we're all chosen.

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