Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Craig Ferguson: "If You Don't Vote, You're a Moron"

It has been fascinating to watch Craig Ferguson on The Late, Late Show this year (or well, any year, the man is brilliant). I've been a fan of his ever since I first saw him play Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show. He is also the author of one of my all-time favorite books, Between the Bridge and the River, which may very well be the most impressive debut novel I've read (which I highly recommend to all of you). This year, the native Scot took the US citizenship test and passed with a perfect score. He became an American citizen on February 4 and ever since has taken an active interest in the upcoming presidential election. What sets Ferguson apart from the other late night hosts is that he foregoes a scripted monologue and just speaks off the cuff. He has been known to use the platform to excoriate the media's coverage of Britney Spears, defend Rosie O'Donnell during her feud with Donald Trump and upon the death of his father, gave his dad a touching eulogy. His conversational style puts most of his interviewees at considerable ease and provides his audience with an amusing hour on TV.

Last Wednesday, Ferguson gave an incredible open and honest monologue about the upcoming presidential election with equal opportunity observations about the candidates. It's quite refreshing to see someone, especially a new citizen voting for the very first time, take such a vested interested in the upcoming election - and be hilarious about it. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Craig Ferguson wins my vote as best late show talk host. He's witty, charming and right on the money. And he wins my vote as the best new American, too. I just wish he'd get a berth that's not quite so late at night.