Quite some years ago I was told by some friends to take a look at ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’, they told me that Craig Ferguson, also being from Scotland is amazingly funny and entertaining. First I watched some Youtube Videos, and I was immediately convinced that this is cool. Later on I watched whole shows and it amazed me even more, even curious how much he prepared in advance because everything seemed to be spontaneous.
I grew up in Scotland in the 1970s. There was not much money. The most popular Christmas toy was probably a potato.
All this time I had the feeling that I have seen Craig Ferguson before, somewhere in Movies and TV Shows. After reading his biography ‘American on purpose’ I not only found out more about his past life and his love for America I also found out what made him such a good comedian. The talent and the fact that he never gave up, whatever life threw at him he stood up and continued to work on it. One time in his life where he was on the edge he had a friend which helped him and from this point on everything worked out well.
It’s tricky turning a book into a movie. Sometimes people love the book so much that no adaptation lives up to what they imagined. You can avoid that disappointment by never, ever reading books.
He got offered to host ‘The Late Late Show’ and in January 2005 the first episode was aired lice. He was very nervous and he started quite slow, but he was a fast learner and his strength was right from the beginning to be himself, just to be funny and talk with the guests. This is still one of the main things why people love the show. Apart from that more and more musical guests appeared, a robot side-kick became part of the show and some running gags, too.
One of my favorite part is the performance of Amanda Palmer, together with Moby, Steven Merritt and Neil Gaiman.
According to the guests, there were some wonderful ones, Mila Kunis, Rachel Bilson, Stan Lee, Ringo Starr, William Shatner, Matt Smith, Daniel Radcliffe and nearly the total cast of The Big Bang Theory just to mention some of them. People like Betty White even appeared more than once and each time was hilarious.
The talk with the guests itself was, as in many other shows introduced just to promote their new books, shows or movies but in the end they talked about anything, maybe even something completely different.
Sometimes he even invited guests for totally different reasons, like he did with Wolfgang Puck, an Austrian cook and Kristen Bell, right after Christmas.
Being an American is something I wanted to be for a very long time, probably since I saw the moon landing when I was a child.
Each evening the show was amazing, he even made some trips to France and Scotland, together with some his beloved guests. Furthermore he made wonderful references to movies, shows and me being a Whovian myself always loved the Tardis on his desk a lot.
On the 28th of april it was announced that Craig will be leaving “The Late Late Show” and I kinda hope that we will still be able to see Craig inviting Peter Capaldi as a guest on the show. Not only because Peter is the next Doctor but they both had a band together somewhere in Scotland, and yes, Craig was the drummer!
I will keep my hopes up, so far I wish Craig Ferguson all the best for his future projects, it will surely be awesome. My plan is to post some of his best moments from the show here, like the never aired Doctor Who Intro Song. Keep watching this space.
I came to America, and I made good. It’s an old story, but it hasn’t been told in a long time. Usually, it’s, ‘I’m an immigrant, I came here and got persecuted.’ My story is I came here, I worked hard, and it worked out all right. So it’s still available.