Proof that laughter really is contagious, Chewbacca mom Candace Payne’s Facebook video racked up more than 140 million views in just three days, setting a new record for the most-watched Facebook Live video of all time.
The Dallas mother of two continues to enjoy her viral fame, appearing Monday night on CBS’ “The Late Show With James Corden.” She joined the comedian for a carpool segment and guess who showed up? “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams! All three donned Wookiee masks and, once again, Payne’s laughter was infectious.
When Corden later asked her about why she made the original video (filmed in a Kohl’s parking lot), Payne explained, “I’m a stay-at-home mom. I only had a few minutes before I had to go get my kids from school. I wanted to prove to all my Facebook friends and family that that mask was mine.”
Payne’s video has provided some much-needed comic relief for others. As she told NPR, "I've had some people—they've sent me private messages, and they'll just say stuff like, 'Man, I've been battling depression. So-and-so passed away, and I hadn't laughed since they died and this video made me laugh again.'"
In addition to Abrams, Corden had one more surprise for Payne: a personal note from Peter Mayhew, the man behind the actual Chewbacca mask. Mayhew let Payne know that she’s an inspiration. “Your attitude and lovely message really resonates,” he said.