A cute gift wears out its welcome real fast in "Late Late Show" sketch.
"Merry Christmas James. Inside this box, you'll find an elf on the shelf, a bit of an American Christmas tradition," a letter from Cranston tells the "Late Late Show" host. "I've modeled this one after yours truly. He's quite the handsome fellow, no? Now, this elf will report back to Santa whether you've been naughty or nice. So, be nice James. Your dear friend, Bryan Cranston."
"A bit cheap, Bryan," he said. "A gift card would have been better."
But the gift got more impressive - and annoying - in the next scene when Corden tried to sneak a cookie meant for guests only.
Cranston's Elf appeared to warn, "Whatever you're doing, you'll want to think twice because I'm taking notes if you're naughty or nice."
But when the Elf's constant reminders to be nice and tell the truth became too much for Corden to handle, the sketch took a darker turn as the CBS late-night host resorted to trying to murder the magical toy.