Christian Holub
May 05, 2016 AT 01:01 PM EDT

Writing a late-night monologue is harder than it looks. Not only does the host need to come up with funny jokes on short notice, they also have to relate to current events. It sounds, a little bit, like trying to come up with speeches and comments. So naturally, when former The West Wing stars Bradley Whitford and Allison Janney appeared on The Late Late Show Wednesday, host James Corden drafted them to help with his monologue. In true Sorkin style, they walked and talked whle quipping back and forth in rapid-fire.

After debating possible Donald Trump and North Korea jokes, the bit got very meta as Corden discussed the merits of doing a sketch about The West Wing with Whitford and Janney… in the midst of his The West Wing parody sketch with Whitford and Janney. 

“I think you can get away with a The West Wing sketch, but you gotta keep it short,” Whitford said.

“How short?” Corden asked.

“I think we should end it right now,” Janney said.

“Great idea, roll the titles,” Corden said.

Watch the clip below.

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