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The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson intertitle.jpg
Intertitle, used since the show began broadcasting in high definition
Format Talk show
Variety show
Created by David Letterman
Written by Jonathan Morano
Ted Mulkerin
Lynn Ferguson
David Harte
Philip McGrade
Joe O'Brien
John Reynolds
Ben Stout
Tom Straw
Joe Strazzulo
Craig Ferguson
Directed by Brian McAloon
Presented by Craig Ferguson
Narrated by Shadoe Stevens
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 1052 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) David Letterman
Peter Lassally
Producer(s) Michael Naidus
Location(s) CBS Television City
Studio 58
Los Angeles, California
Running time 62 minutes
Production company(s) Worldwide Pants Incorporated
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i SDTV (2005–2009)
1080i HDTV (2009–present)
Original run January 3, 2005 (2005-01-03) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Late Late Show
External links
Official website

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson. Ferguson is the third regular host of the CBS Late Late Show franchise. The show follows Late Show with David Letterman in the CBS late-night lineup.

The program is the only one of the major U.S. broadcast network late-night programs that does not have its own house band, an omission that has existed since CBS launched the show in 1995 with Tom Snyder as host. Ferguson frequently makes mention of the fact that he has no band as one of his faux complaints about how poorly CBS treats him.

Contents

Show format

The show starts with a cold open consisting of a short monologue, acting with one of his hand puppets, interacting with a random person selected from the audience, or occasionally a pre-taped bit, lasting only two minutes; this is followed by a commercial break and the opening credits. This opening is shot out of sequence (between the monologue and his desk bit) to ensure the crowd's reaction to Ferguson's appearance at the beginning of the monologue is genuine.

Ferguson introduces himself, sometimes slapping the side of the studio camera, with his catch phrases "Welcome to Los Angeles, California, welcome to The Late Late Show, I am your host, TV's Craig Ferguson", "It's a great day for America, everybody!" and a "cheeky, stream-of-consciousness monologue."[1] After another commercial break he is typically seated behind his desk, where he may read and respond to viewer e-mail and Twitter questions. Other segments include comedy sketches, which feature Ferguson in costume or performing in collaboration with any of a number of semi-regular guests including Dave Foley, Betty White, Steven Wright, Tim Gunn, Daniel McVicar, Tim Meadows, James Adomian, Henry Winkler, Kristen Bell, Jamie Denbo, Mila Kunis, Sandra Bullock and Ewan McGregor. Generally one or two celebrities are interviewed; Ferguson starts each by dramatically ripping up note cards written for the interview, "signalling to the audience, and to the guest, that this conversation need not be rigidly managed."[2]

Sometimes a stand-up comedian and/or a musical guest perform, the latter of which is typically pre-taped.[1]

Ferguson has used many running gags that span multiple shows and have colorful animated graphics. These have included themed weeks such as "Crab Week", "Magic Week" and "Shark Week" (though Ferguson admits that the show's budget makes most of the themes limited mostly to graphics), a sound effects machine installed at his desk (which has been removed), "Dear Aquaman" (in which Ferguson dresses as the superhero and gives advice), and "Election Fever" during the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election. Another running gag is the "photo of Paul McCartney". When McCartney is mentioned in the monologue, Ferguson will call for a photo of McCartney, which is actually a photo of actress Angela Lansbury and vice versa. The show often uses variations of this gag featuring other pairs of look-alike celebrities.[3] He has also made various references to bearing a resemblance to Liza Minnelli, for which he "apologized." Occasionally during the monologue, he will claim that the audience has "made him angry" and shakes his fist at the audience while Sabre Dance plays.

Starting Bastille Day 2009, every time Ferguson said a word or phrase the show censors had to bleep, a French flag would appear over his mouth with "Ooh la la!" spoken instead of the offending word (implying the expression "Pardon my French!"); his guests' mouths are simply pixelizated. As of January 2010, the French flag rotated with other flags and expressions such as the Spanish flag with "¡Ay Caramba!", the Italian flag with "Tootsi frootsi!", and a Rainbow flag with "Uh-oh!".

On February 8, 2010, Ferguson announced that he was on Twitter as CraigyFerg,[4] and calls his followers his robot-skeleton army.[5] In the e-mail segment, he answers Tweets (which were originally printed on yellow paper, but were soon changed to white paper with a bird graphic) and emails (which have always been printed on white). He later stated that since he obtained enough followers, Grant Imahara of MythBusters would build him a robot skeleton sidekick, named Geoff Peterson.[6]

The show ends with "What Did We Learn on the Show Tonight, Craig?", a segment that starts with an animation of a kitten and Ferguson "removes his tie, puts his feet on his desk, and summarizes the preceding hour of TV."[7]

Ratings

In 2006, clips of The Late Late Show began appearing on the video sharing website YouTube. Subsequently, Ferguson's ratings "grew seven percent (or by 100,000 viewers)."[8]

During the week ending March 31, 2006, The Late Late Show attracted an average of 1.9 million total viewers,[9] a number that increased to 2.0 million a year later.[10]

During the week ending April 4, 2008, The Late Late Show attracted an average of 1.88 million total viewers; that week, for the first time since Ferguson began hosting, the show's "five-night week of original head-to-head broadcasts", which was later discovered to actually be four nights due to a difference in title,[11] drew a larger audience than Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[12] Reuters noted that "Ferguson's bigger accomplishment seems to be that he has merely lost fewer viewers this season, with his total audience slipping 12 percent from a year ago, compared with a 24 percent drop for O'Brien"; the year-to-year decline in viewership was attributed to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[12]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson encountered new competition on March 2, 2009, the first night of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. During Fallon's first week, the new show averaged 2.4 million viewers, a half million more viewers than Ferguson's show.[13] Fallon maintained his lead over Ferguson during the show's second week, but by March 16, The Late Late Show had attracted a larger audience.[14] As of July 30, 2009, Ferguson leads Late Night in total viewers by a 25 percent margin.[15] On September 22, 2009, the night Ferguson followed the Letterman interview of President Obama, his audience reached 3.24 million, the show's biggest ever; Ferguson attracted two million viewers more than Jimmy Fallon and almost a million more than Conan O'Brien attracted an hour earlier.[16] By the end of 2009, The Late Late Show topped Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in the ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share and 1.6 rating/6 share, respectively.[17]

Production milestones

Intertitle from the show's original opening credits.

Ferguson's first show as host was on January 3, 2005. For about the first two months, he continued his predecessor's monologue format, reading five to 10 jokes from cue cards.[1] He would ad-lib between the jokes, and soon noticed that the "stuff in-between" got the most reaction from his audience; after that realization, he decided he and his writers would stop writing jokes.[1]

By May 2006, Studio 58, the CBS Television City venue from which the show is taped, had been updated with a digital broadcast Solid State Logic mixing console, needed for 5.1 Channel Surround.[18]

A new set debuted on the July 24, 2006 episode[citation needed], after the previous one had been destroyed by Bob Barker and others from The Price Is Right. It included a miniature CBS dirigible that floated along over the backdrop depicting Los Angeles. In the week starting with March 17, 2008, The Late Late Show debuted a new set featuring a desk/interview area on a raised platform. The backdrop was also changed to a detailed representation of Los Angeles.

When the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike began, the show went into reruns. It resumed production on January 2, 2008 after Worldwide Pants and the WGA came to an agreement.[19][20]

In 2008, Worldwide Pants Incorporated signed a product placement deal with Ford to promote the Ford Flex during The Late Late Show. Eight episodes ("with one repeat") of the show included custom-written skits in which Ferguson played the leader of a Scottish rap band called The Highlanderz (consisting of Angus "Big Ginger" Ferguson, Philip "The Howler" McGrade, and Shannon "Bubbles" McGee), riding in a Flex as they traveled from Los Angeles International Airport to the CBS Studio.[21] The skits were shown on successive Thursdays starting on September 4.[22]

On August 31, 2009, the show began broadcasting in high definition, featuring a refitted studio and production facilities, along with a new show logo, eighteen new lights (an unimpressed Ferguson was originally told the number was only two), an opening title sequence that "features Ferguson in iconic Los Angeles locations", and a new arrangement of the show's theme song.[23] In preparation for this refit, Ferguson taped two weeks of episodes over a month in advance. New shows that aired in the first half of August, as his set was being updated, had actually been taped in late June and early July, something Ferguson playfully hinted at each night. The remainder of August 2009 was filled out with repeats.

Ferguson's initial contract as host is for six years, until the end of 2010; as of August 2007 he was telling television critics he might not be interested in a contract renewal[1], though by February 2008, he was publicly professing his loyalty to David Letterman, saying "I will sit behind Dave as long as he sits there."[24] Ferguson is nearing a contract extension with CBS that will keep him host of the show through the 2011–12 season.[25]

December 15, 2009 marked his 1000th episode as host. To commemorate the event, Ferguson conducted the entire show as his puppet Wavy Ranchero, claiming that the puppets have taken over the show. Recurring sketches also featured puppet replacements. Guests included Kristen Bell, Maria Bello, and Jason Schwartzman. Jason Segel also made an appearance as his muppet Dracula, performing a musical number with band The Broken West.[26][27]

Show elements

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Theme song

When he was hired as the full-time replacement for Craig Kilborn, Ferguson co-wrote and recorded a new theme song.

Beginning July 7, 2006, the show's theme featured only the ending of the original song, though by January 2, 2008, the full theme had returned, sans one line (the line "you can always sleep through work tomorrow, okay"). The theme tune was re-recorded for the show's switch to HD, premiering on August 31, 2009. The new recording was produced by grammy nominated producer and former drummer for Dexy's Midnight Runners and English Beat / General Public Andrew "Stoker" Growcot (Sting, UB40, Pato Banton) - The song features the full lyrics yet again in addition to a drum intro by Ferguson himself and tighter instrumentation.

Musical performances

The Late Late Show began taping musical performances separately from the rest of the show. For example, the noise rock band No Age was videotaped on October 2, 2008 for an appearance scheduled to air October 27.[28] That performance was also the subject of an equal-time rule controversy in which guitarist Randy Randall was not allowed to wear a pro-Barack Obama T-shirt. Randall, not wanting to cancel the appearance, chose instead to turn the T-shirt inside out.

Cold open

Most nights, he introduces himself as "TV's Craig Ferguson," and pronounces it a "great day for America." After that, no one knows what might come next, not even the host himself.

—TV Critic Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times[1]

Ferguson starts with a "cold open," which is a two-minute segment before the first commercials, theme song, and actual show. Originally it was a miniature monologue and to talk about the guests on the show. Over time, this segment has expanded to include short skits and musical sessions, often involving puppets, and occasional interaction with members of the studio audience. On August 10, 2009, the Craig Ferguson puppet debuted. It has a large felt head with eyes and facial features similar to his own, but (according to him), the puppet has better teeth.

Impersonations and characters

I think my show is probably closer to Pee-wee's Playhouse than anything else I’ve seen, and that is an aspiration.

—Craig Ferguson (August 2009)[29]

Impersonations and skit characters frequently done by Ferguson on the show include Prince Charles (usually hosting "The Rather Late Programme"), Sean Connery, Queen Elizabeth II, Andy Rooney, Aquaman, Michael Caine ("in Space", "in Spain," and "Michael Caine's Animal Kingdom"), and Bono. He claims that he developed his imitation of Caine after an eight hour long plane ride, in which he sat behind Caine who "gabbed" with his wife the entire trip.[citation needed]

Less frequent impersonations include Dr. Phil, Simon Cowell, Kim Jong Il, ESPN UK commentator Dirk Weems, Mick Jagger, Regis Philbin, Angela Lansbury (as "Jessica Fletcher" on Murder, She Wrote), Jay Leno, Larry King ("of the Jungle"), Bill Clinton, and J. K. Rowling.

Occasionally one of Ferguson's crew members (usually writer John T. Reynolds) will dress up as and impersonate him, particularly while he is portraying someone else in a skit.

Picture cues

During the show, Ferguson will often make a joke that involves a cutaway to a photo. Some recurring ones include:

  • "A picture of Paul McCartney": a picture of Angela Lansbury (this is sometimes reversed; they show a picture of McCartney when asked for a picture of Lansbury)
  • "A picture of Cher": a picture of Marilyn Manson
  • "Kenny Rogers": a picture of Jocelyn Wildenstein, a woman with extensive plastic surgery (in reference to Rogers' cosmetic surgery)
  • When Ferguson strokes one cheek and says "Oooooh", a picture of Salvador Dali appears on screen. Stroking both cheeks causes a giraffe to appear.
  • If he rubs his chin and goes "Mmmnh", a photo of Andy Warhol appears.

Bob Barker

A running gag during the summer of 2006 involved Ferguson going out of his way to pick on CBS game show host Bob Barker who, Ferguson eventually concluded, was a vampire.

The climax was reached on July 15, 2006, when Bob, flanked by the rest of The Price Is Right's staff, including announcer Rich Fields and some of Barker's Beauties, staged a "surprise" visit. This was the last show before a long-planned replacement of the set. Although Barker did not injure Ferguson, he did do some serious damage to his desk with a single blow. The desk was later totally destroyed by the models, and Ferguson returned, after the commercial break, with a card table covered by a checkered picnic cloth. The episode ended with Ferguson helping the episode's musical guests, Family Force 5, completely trash the set. Even after this appearance, Ferguson has occasionally continued with his jokes on Barker.

Barker re-appeared on The Late Late Show a few months later, after announcing his retirement, and presented a portrait of himself as a vampire to Ferguson as a gift. Ferguson re-aired the interview segment as a tribute on June 15, 2007, the same day that Barker's last episode of The Price Is Right aired.

Barker returned to the show two more times, on April 22, 2009 to promote his book Priceless Memories, and on December 16, 2009, a few days before Barker's 86th birthday.

Celebrities Read Excerpts from Craig's Book

Starting in summer 2009, a recurring sketch appeared, usually after the second commercial break, consisting of various celebrities reading supposed excerpts from his book American on Purpose.[30] Most of the excerpts deal with Ferguson's sex life, bedwetting, or addictions. The celebrities have included Dame Edna Everage, Betty White, Danny De Vito, Neil Patrick Harris, Marg Helgenberger, Kristen Bell, Drew Carey, Reba McEntire and Gerard Butler. At the end, the announcer says, "American on Purpose is available at all finer bookstores. If you experience an erection lasting more than four hours, please call a doctor or Craig Ferguson."[31]

Notable episodes

  • On January 30, 2006, Ferguson eulogized his father[32], who had died the day before. He was nominated for his first Emmy Award for the episode.
  • From 2006-present, he has remembered the 9/11 anniversary, stating: "It [9/11] will never again be a great day for America." In 2009, he said: "Even people that do not like the United States of America will see this show...So if you are watching, first of all, [bleep]!"
  • On February 19, 2007, Ferguson announced he would do "no Britney Spears jokes", saying "comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it" and that it shouldn't include "attacking the vulnerable." He referenced his 15 years of sobriety and the struggle he had with addiction, almost ending in suicide.[33]
  • On Feburary 4, 2008, Ferguson celebrated his first show following his swearing in as a U.S citizen. The show featured video footage of the ceremony, his un-offical announcement of being chosen to perform at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, an interview with Kristen Bell, and a special performance by the Scottish drum band The Wicked Tinkers, who also performed on Craig's tribute to his father two years earlier.
  • On September 10, 2008, he described his excitement about voting in his first U.S. Presidential election and ranted against American voter fatigue, stating, "If you don't vote, you're a moron!"[34]
  • On December 8, 2008, Ferguson remembered his mother who died December 1, while his show was on break. He told stories about his mother and how he felt after he had returned from his mother's funeral in Scotland. During the monologue, as he recounted his father's death nearly three years previously and spoke of his parents being back together in death, he became emotional to the verge of tears and cut to commercial. Prior to the break, he mentioned that his mother wanted the hymn called "Jesus Loves Me" sung at her funeral because that was the only hymn to which everyone knew the words. After the break, he showed a clip from a 2005 interview with his mother and a second clip with his mother and RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. Finally, he played his mother's favorite song to end the show, which was "Rivers of Babylon" by Boney M.
  • On March 4, 2009, he dedicated the entire show to his guest, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The cold open and monologue featured a brief history of South Africa and apartheid. The show was during a week of change in late night, with the premiere of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a show competing with The Late Late Show, occurring two days earlier. The interview received critical praise from NPR's TV critic, David Bianculli, who called the episode's monologue "nothing less than an entertaining, understandable, shockingly thorough history of South African politics and colonization" and its interview "inspirational ... almost beyond measure."[2]
  • On April 28, 2009, after the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Federal Communications Commission rules imposing fines for indecent language,[35] Ferguson said in his monologue that he "agree[d] with the Supreme Court ruling today," but then commented in the monologue and throughout the show about swearing on TV, CBS pixelizating his mouth and hands, permissible and impermissible language describing sex, and whether he would be personally responsible for the FCC fines.
  • On October 5, 2009, he addressed Letterman's extortion scandal in the cold open and made a few jokes about how it was difficult for him to make fun of his own boss, even though "my job is to take the number one news story of the day and have a little fun with it." He called Letterman "the king of late night," and claimed that he likes dangerous celebrities. He also expressed humorous concern over getting fired were he to say the wrong thing. He commented, "I don't think I kept a secret from you that I've had a few incidents in my past. But I made the smart move. I wrote them down in a book," which led to a comical plug for his then-recently published book American on Purpose."[36]
  • On October 27, 2009 during an interview with Alicia Silverstone, CBS lost power due to abnormally high gusts of wind in the area,[37] with Ferguson joking that "We've gone to radio, everybody!" before going to a commercial break. The power "returned" before the interview with Salman Rushdie (the interview was pretaped), only to "go out" again during the "What did we learn on the show tonight, Craig?" segment.[38] The next night, he commented in the cold opening that Wolf Blitzer reported on CNN that the lights went out on the show, "but how can that be news?"[39]
  • December 15, 2009 was the 1000th episode of Ferguson's tenure as host,[40] and to mark the occasion, the entire show was done with puppets.[41] "Wavy Ranchero" "filled in" as host, delivering a brief monologue and interviewing the celebrity guests, the shark puppet was used for the "Dear Aquaman" skits, and "Connery the Bull" appeared in the "A Sean Connery Holiday Memory" skits. The only time Ferguson himself appeared on camera (aside from the opening title sequence and the "Dear Aquaman" intro) was during the closing segment in which he was on stage in his Prince Charles costume, along with many of his puppets and crew members, while Wavy "performed" James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend". Ferguson was also seen during the closing credits which showed various captioned shots of behind-the-scenes action that took place during the episode's production.
  • On January 14, 2010, Ferguson said in the cold open that he would not talk about the "the trouble at late night" at NBC, because there was an actual news story about the earthquake in Haiti. Commenting on Rush Limbaugh's statement "We already donated to Haiti, it's called U.S. Income Tax," he said "Rush Limbaugh has to fill a lot of air time with saying things and occasionally saying garbage, and God knows I do that every night here." He told Limbaugh that the way to take the sting out of his statement was to donate a million dollars of his money to the Red Cross "and we'll say no more about it."[42]
  • On February 23, 2010, Ferguson did a show with a single guest and without a studio audience, a format in part inspired by Tom Snyder, who had hosted Tomorrow and the first five years of The Late Late Show in such a format.[41] According to Ferguson, the Tonight Show host and timeslot conflict got him to reflect on the "late-night traditions started by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and 'lovingly deconstructed' by David Letterman" and prompted him to try such an experiment.[43] Ferguson's guest for the hour was Stephen Fry.[43]

See also

References

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  34. ^ My fellow Americans: Craig Ferguson tells viewers, "If you don't vote you're a moron"; read his monologue from kansascity.com
  35. ^ Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc.
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