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Comedic genius Craig Ferguson has won millions of fans with his unorthodox approach to late night television. As host of CBS’s The Late Late Show for ten years, Ferguson often pushed the limits of broadcasting in a diverse program that featured ad-libbed jokes, a robot skeleton sidekick, heartfelt monologues, and honest interviews on heavy issues. The program pulled off such a startling blend of substance and entertainment that the Peabody Award committee declared “the silliest hour of television could also be the smartest.”

The Scottish-born Ferguson went from being a punk rocker to a construction worker to a bouncer to one of the most respected entertainers in the U.S. After a decade of ups and downs in Great Britain, he became a familiar face in U.S. primetime, portraying Drew Carey’s boss, Nigel Wick, for the The Drew Carey Show’s seven-year-run.

As host of The Late Late Show, he rejected the typical night talk show formula of cue cards and easy one-liner jokes, instead turning his program into a humor-filled conversation between him and the audience as well as a platform to address serious issues like Apartheid, poverty, and his own battle with depression and alcoholism. In fact Ferguson’s authenticity and contagious warmth coupled with that fact that he hadn’t taken a drink since 1991 inspired viewers across the country to quit drinking.

In 2014, Ferguson left the late night world to pursue his love of stand-up comedy. Aside from his tours, he hosts the daytime show The Celebrity Name Game and is a board member and active fundraiser of The Lollipop Theater Network, an organization that brings first-run films to long-term patients in children’s hospitals.

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Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Since taking the helm of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on January 3, 2005, the show has set all-time viewer records and achieved the highest ratings since the show’s inception in 1995. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ferguson got his start in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the U.K., a profession he held for several years. Following his musical stint, he began bartending in a local pub in Glasgow where he was introduced to Michael Boyd, the artistic director of The Tron Theatre in Glasgow, who persuaded Ferguson to give acting a go. After several low paying acting gigs, Ferguson discovered he had a knack for comedy and was soon the star of his own BBC television show, The Ferguson Theory. Ferguson was involved in the English comedy circuit for a short while then he brought his act to America in 1995 to star with Betty White and Marie Osmond in the short-lived ABC comedy Maybe This Time. After the show ended, ABC decided to add the talented Scotsman to The Drew Carey Show, playing Drew Carey’s boss, Nigel Wick, from 1996-2003. Ferguson wrote the feature films The Big Tease and Saving Grace. In 2003, he made his directorial debut with I’ll Be There, which he also wrote and starred in. I’ll Be There went on to receive the Audience Award for Best Film at the Aspen, Dallas and Valencia film festivals. Craig was also named “best new director” at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Ferguson’s other film credits include, Niagra Motel, Lenny the Wonder Dog, Prendimi l’anima, Life Without Dick, Chain of Fools and Born Romantic. In April 2006, Ferguson debuted his first novel entitled Between The Bridge and The River, which became a critically acclaimed bestseller. Since coming into his own on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and winning his first Emmy nomination in 2006, Craig achieved a personal milestone in February 2008 when he was sworn in as a US Citizen. Soon after, Craig hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, performing before political journalists, celebrities, and Washington power players. In Fall of 2009 Harper Collins published another book by Craig Ferguson, American On Purpose, a memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from a small town in Scotland to the entertainment capital of the world. American on Purpose reads as if Ferguson had snorted Angela’s Ashes,” says David Hirshey, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor. “It will make you laugh, cry, and sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with a Scottish burr.” Ferguson also serves on the board of the Lollipop Theater Network. The mission of the Lollipop Theater Network is to bring movies that are currently in theatrical release to hospitalized children facing chronic and life threatening illness nationwide.


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Craig Ferguson 4th of July Faneuil Hall Speech


Addressing the audience on the 4th of July, Craig Ferguson explains why the words “America” and “freedom” are synonymous to him. Upon immigrating to the U.S. in the 1990s, Ferguson found a fresh start in a country that gave him the opportunity to succeed on his own terms or fail on his own terms.

“Here’s what America asked of me: nothing,” Ferguson claims, stressing that your destiny in the United States is not linked to your roots or your family, but to the choices and effort you make on a daily basis. “America only asks of you what you ask of yourself,” he concludes.

Craig Ferguson: Stephen Fry on the Late Late Show


Craig Ferguson Standup



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Over his decade-long-run on The Late Late Show Craig Ferguson showcased his unique ability to draw in audiences night after night even while addressing sensitive and serious topics. A talented comedian known for his sharp improvisation skills, Ferguson brings the same emotional intelligence and comedic timing to the live stage as he did to the small screen. No matter the theme or setting, Ferguson lives up to his grand reputation for public honesty and a joyful outlook.




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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: success on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later as the host of CBS′s Late Late Show. By far Ferguson′s greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008.

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.
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Between the Bridge and the River
Bawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offend regardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or professionBetween the Bridge and the Riveris the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS's The Late Late Show. Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre experiences which, as it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, surprisingly enough, meaningful.

An eclectic cast of characters includes Carl Jung, Fatty Arbuckle, Virgil, Marat, Socrates, and Tony Randall. Love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood are alternately tickled and throttled. Impossible to summarize and impossible to stop reading, this is a romantic comic odyssey that actually delivers and rewards.



Craig Ferguson 4th of July Faneuil Hall Speech


Addressing the audience on the 4th of July, Craig Ferguson explains why the words “America” and “freedom” are synonymous to him. Upon immigrating to the U.S. in the 1990s, Ferguson found a fresh start in a country that gave him the opportunity to succeed on his own terms or fail on his own terms.

“Here’s what America asked of me: nothing,” Ferguson claims, stressing that your destiny in the United States is not linked to your roots or your family, but to the choices and effort you make on a daily basis. “America only asks of you what you ask of yourself,” he concludes.

Craig Ferguson: Stephen Fry on the Late Late Show


Craig Ferguson Standup