Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He is the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, an Emmy Award-nominated, Peabody Award-winning late-night talk show that airs on CBS. Additionally, Ferguson hosts the syndicated Celebrity Name Game. After starting his career in Britain with music, comedy and theatre, Ferguson moved to the United States where he found success in the role of Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show. He has written and starred in three films, directing one of them. Ferguson has also written two books: Between the Bridge and the River, a novel, and American on Purpose, a memoir.
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Hi reddit! Craig Ferguson here. You might know me from late night and as host of History’s new show Join or Die which premieres this Thursday. Looking forward to your questions – I’ll be back at 1PM to start answering. Go nuts. Ask away.
Edit @ 2:00PM: I'm heading out. I'm overwhelmed by your response. I apologize profusely to all the questions I did not get to. Speak again soon.
Hi Craig, I’ve been a huge fan for a long time and still watch The Late Late Show on the internet because I love it so much. Is there a historical topic you’ve wanted to discuss on your new show but couldn’t because it is too depressing, dirty, or in some other way controversial?
Oh yes hundreds, but if if the show is successful, the network will be powerless to stop me from covering it in the future.
Have you ever considered a musical reunion with Peter Capaldi?
Anyone who wants that never heard us play the first time. Let it go.
What's something not a lot of people know about you?
I am an excellent actor.
I consider you one of my personal heroes for overcoming an addiction, your showmanship, and the amount of heart that you brought to the late late show.
I was just wondering who your personal heroes/inspirations are?
There are too many to mention here.
Thanks Craig for providing me with a load of laughs when I got back from university. Cheered me up a lot and I can't wait to see the new show!
I was wondering if you are gonna try get Stephen Fry on your show? I loved the LLS with him as a guest and I'm sure he would be so interesting to listen talk about history.
Yes, yes I would love to have Stephen on the show.
Who's your favourite philosopher and why?
I think having a favorite philosopher will be like having a favorite color. It's pointless.
In no more than three sentences, why should I watch Join or Die?
Watch it if you want. I'm not your parent. It's a free country.
(It’s almost 5am in Australia so I’m literally posting this and going straight back to sleep.)
You’re basically one of my favourite people ever and The Late Late Show was incredibly special to me during my uni days. I miss it and you very dearly! I’m excited about Join Or Die though, so I decided to make a subreddit for it (/r/JoinOrDieHIST – I’ll make it look prettier later) for news and discussion of episodes etc. I may have to do some unspeakable things to be able to watch it *muffles voice in my region* but it will happen.
Anyway! I have a few questions:
Thank you for doing this AMA!
Hi there Mr. Ferguson! There's a void in my heart that The Late Late Show used to fill. I'm happy you're back on TV in an unscripted format. Congrats on the new show!
My question is if you could travel to any place in any time in history, where and when would you be?
I think I'd like to go to the Reign of Akhenaten in Ancient Egypt. I think it was a mysterious and controversial moment in history, arguably the first monotheist. And I'd like to see if he looked that weird.
what's the weirdest thing you ever had to do in a show?
Weirder than interviewing Regis? I dunno if it gets weirder than that.
Huge fan, Craig.
I HAVE TO KNOW: In the early days before Secretariat got his own stable, did he just wait next to the stage in case you rang the bell and summoned him?
Is today a great day for America?
Depends on who you are and what you're doing.
You've seen genuinely interested in space exploration. Would you ever want to do a PSA for NASA, be involved with a space documentary (provided Morgan Freeman's hasn't already booked them all for infinity), or even travel to space yourself?
I would do any of that and being even near Morgan Freeman is something that I enjoy immensely.
Hey Craig, is any part of you jealous of the current crop of late night hosts getting to do material on the 2016 presidential election?
Not really, I'm kind of bored with it already.
What inspired you to get the Join or Die image as a tattoo when you became a citizen, as opposed to other 'Murican imagery?
No, that's the image I thought was appropriate and what I thought looked coolest on my rather girlish wrists.
Do you have any good life advice?
Have a good time. Don't be a dick.
What is the most interesting new fact you learned while making "Join or Die" and are there any new stand up comedians you enjoy that we should be on a lookout for?
Really looking forward to watching the new show, best of luck with it.
Too many new facts to mention. My job on Join or Die is not to be the expert, but to the the pupil.
Hey Craig, awesome to see you here. Are you thinking about getting another tattoo any time soon?
I'm always thinking about getting more tattoos, but as I age it's harder to work on slack skin.
Geoff is dead and well.
Promos have mentioned Plato, Marx, Cicero, Luther, etc. Do I have to know all that stuff in order to fully appreciate Join or Die? I stopped reading those guys when I discovered pulp fiction.
No, and in fact if you do know all that stuff, you might appreciate it less. You'll know more than me.
Who was your favorite puppet from the group (not counting Secretariat or Geoff Peterson)?
Wavy Ranchero the crocodile/alligator/crocodile.
Loved reading your story in "American on Purpose" years back; any interest in writing a new biopic to recount your recent events?
Yeah, always kicking something around, dunno what it's going to be.
What has compelled you to look at The world through the lens you're using for this new show? What period of history or what aspect of politics are you most excited to take on?
Because history is the story of all of us. It's psychotherapy for the entire species.
Just wanted to know what made you want to do this show?
It's the type of show that I wanted to see. It covers conversations that I wanted to have.
Hello Craig and happy anniversary.
I asked Eddie Izzard this same question, and I'd like to see if you can corroborate...
Those segments you did with him on the Late Late Show(apart from the actual interview)...were they scripted? Or improvised?
Also, I really miss Wavy.
Eddie and I always improvised, we never scripted anything.
You've been an author, a screenwriter, an actor, a talk show host, a game show host, a stand up comedian, and a musician. Is there one you find to have been most satisfying, and if so, why? Likewise, has one been least satisfying?
I think they're all aspects of the same thing. How do you choose to express yourself? Do you text, email, write a song, do you deliver the message in person. It's all just expression and communication.
Who or what would you like to see featured on US currency?
Scrooge McDuck, he's Scottish-American.
What is the cleanest joke you know?
I don't know that I know any.
What makes attracted to Psychology and Psychiatry as practices? The Late Late show has a really good system of "just talk." How did that come about?
I think it begins with Freud, doesn't it?
What is the best thing that has come from your celebrity?
I don't really consider myself a celebrity.
Did you figure out what Reddit is?
I'm still a little confused.
Hi Craig! Your Late Late Show is my favorite tv thing ever, so thanks for all these years! Question: would you ever come to Europe with your stand up show?
Maybe. It's being talked about.
If you could meet any 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be?
I don't do lists.
What's the one thing your tired of people asking you?
Yes, that question.