"Like Jimmy with the good hair" James Corden parodies Beyonce's Lemonade

Beyonce surprised everyone on Sunday with the release of her new album Lemonade - now comedian James Corden has dialled up the shock factor with his own version of her much-talked about "visual album".

The Gavin and Stacey star, who is now hosting the Late Late Show in the US, tackles a series of challenging costume changes for the spoof, which is overlayed with a whispering monologue, mostly centred on Donald Trump.

Taking on Beyonce's breathy narration, he puts on an American accent to whisper: "I try to write a monologue for you every night, even when we don't have a show I write a monologue, but you don't see that."

At one stage, the British comic is seen stripped down to a satin bra and knickers to make lemonade, pausing only to glance knowingly at the camera before saying: "you know what? Another cup of sugar."

James Corden: When life gives you lemons make Lemonjames Credit: YouTube/James Corden

The original version focuses heavily on themes of infidelity, betrayal and forgiveness that same fans suggest allude to her husband Jay-Z and the most talked-about lyrics are: "He only want me when I'm not there / He better call Becky with the good hair."

"Speculation over who "Becky" refers to has been rife and fashion designer Rachel Roy has already publicly denied she is the "other woman" alluded to in the 34-year-old singer's new release.

James Corden recreates Beyonce's car window smashing scene Credit: YouTube/James Corden

Naturally, Corden sends up the ambiguous line with a lighthearted nod to his TV chat show rival Jimmy Kimmel.

"Do I make you laugh like Jimmy with the good hair?" he asks.

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