Tim Minchin was the musical guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden and performed a highlight from his debut studio album.

The Aussie comedian and singer took to the late night stage on January 5th with his backing band to sing ‘Talked Too Much, Stayed Too Long’ (a sentiment we hope Corden wasn’t thinking about the star).

It’s a track from Apart Together, which was somehow Minchin’s debut studio album despite being in showbusiness for decades (we’re not complaining about his musical comedy records at all). It was unsurprisingly a hit in his home country, reaching number three in the ARIA album chart.

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In a virtual chat with Corden from the middle of New South Wales before performing, Minchin revealed the inspiration behind the song: “Quite often, I find myself waking up in the morning having been out with friends or at a dinner party. I love nothing more than drinking wine with friends around a dinner party and having a good chat.”

He continued: “I don’t mind a wrestle over ideas and I love a gentle argument, but I quite often wake up in the morning and say to [wife Sarah Minchin], ‘Did I… Did we… I think I might have… Did I talk too much? And did we stay a bit long?’ And this became this refrain, that my remorse in the morning was all about, ‘I should have left earlier and just shut up, shouldn’t I?’

Then I thought, that’d be a good epitaph, I should have that on my tombstone – “talked too much and stayed too long”. Then I thought, well, if I’m going to have it on my tombstone, I should write a song about my life, tracking all the times I’ve not shut up.”

The pair also had a pleasant discussion about cicadas (shockingly not a frequent subject matter on late night shows), with Minchin speculating as to what the insects would be saying to each other (“I’m desperate for a shag!”).

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Looking rather dapper with a stylish waist coat and top hat combo, Minchin then brought the big band swagger to Corden’s show which you can see for yourself below.

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