Time: 7:30 pm
Vic Juba Community Theatre
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.
Powered by iCagenda