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Courting Craig Ferguson: The Late Late Show Diaries 10-5-2005

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Dear Craig,

Another beautiful day for all of Southern California and another wonderful evening to be spent with you. Sure, it was warm today, but then again, it’s the perfect lead-in for getting toasty with you.

Monologue: “It’s another great day for America. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are pregnant.” You don’t make this stuff up, but sometimes I think it would be so much better if you did. As you pointed out, Tom will have one hell of a time disciplining his child. “Hey! Don’t jump on the couch!” Exactly, m’dear.

You moved from Tom and Katie right into shoplifting. How appropriate. If you can rob a cradle, you can certainly rob a store.

“It’s not such a great day for the English, though. A new study revealed that the English are the biggest shoplifters in Europe.” You offered proof, too. They stole Scotland and Ireland!

Like you, I once shoplifted. I did it mostly to shock the goody-goody daughter of my mom’s best friend. I’m not proud of it, but I do admit it. I was a little older than you were. 12 or 13 to your 7. And, I had no Uncle Jack with a store from which to steal. No, I took a bathing suit from Walker Scott. You took a Bounty Bar, “it’s like an Almond Joy but without the almonds. There’s no joy, either.” Forgive me for the sprayed water all over the TV screen. It was the second occurrence of the night. The couch bit was even worse. Water coming out of my nose really isn’t the most pleasant feeling.

Craig Ferguson
Before I go on, can I just say how much I liked that guttural “Ooooooooooh” of disapproval? I liked it. There. Said. Done. Let’s move on.

Guests for the evening were David Duchovny and Sinead O’Connor.

First up: David Duchovny, on the show to promote the DVD release of The House of D. I first got excited about the movie after reading the House of D blog. I wasn’t among those who got to see the film in the theater, though. Now that it’ll be available on DVD (from Lions Gate Films, October 7, 2005), I’ll have that chance.

I have to admit that I wasn’t always a Duchovny fan. I never seriously got into The X-Files. However, I did like him in Chaplin, Playing God, Return to Me, and Evolution. Don’t roll your eyes at me. I liked each of those for different reasons. I can generally find some redeeming quality in just about anything.

Before he promoted House of D, David Duchovny made his own shoplifting confession. It seems he used to walk into a store with a tennis ball can and slip a soda can inside. Putting a single tennis ball on top, he could walk out without paying for the drink. That worked rather well for him until he got caught by his friend’s sister. She promised to keep his secret if he would steal for her. “I saw a life of crime ahead of me. I quit right there.”

Duchovny went on to briefly promote the DVD release, but said he thought it would be nice to also plug other movies he liked. He whipped out Donnie Darko and Cinderella. There was another movie in the bunch, but I was a wee bit distracted by a slightly naughty email. Hey, I have my admirers, too, you know! A girl needs to diversify.

Speaking of naughty, David D. started talking about balls. Most of it was related to baseball, but still…

The really freaky thing about it was that he mentioned hot pockets (in baseball). I’d been thinking of Hot Pockets (the food) all day long. I was thinking that you’re like a Hot Pocket. Steamy, tasty, and satisfying, yet somehow creating this incredible desire for more. Don’t ask, just smile and nod and take it as a compliment.

Anyhow, it was right about that time that Sinead O’Connor came out. She was rather sweet, which I found surprising. But she kept playing with her head. There was a weird scar or something on the back of her scalp and I got a serious “ick factor” as she constantly reached back to mess with it.

At that point, I spaced out and went to check email again. Nothing personal, my naughty little pony, but Sinead wasn’t really my cup of tea.

The best thing about that break was I got to exchange some lovely mail with another person who had recently become a fan of yours. Apparently my love letters to you have raised a bit of interest in the Late Late Show.

On that note, I want to say this: anyone not staying up late to watch your show (or taping it to watch later) is missing out on one of the best talk show hosts since Johnny Carson. Perhaps it’s your gentle humor and genuine kindness, but whatever it is, you are the closest thing to Johnny that late night television has ever had. Craig, you to talk with your guests, not to them. You get them to reveal more about themselves in a few minutes than anyone else can. Not even Oprah has that sort of talent (unless it’s Tom Cruise or anyone else she likes to fawn over). It’s a beautiful thing.

I’ll see you tomorrow night, my pet. Keep those sinues moisturized and clear, okay?

Your cheeky wee monkey and naughty little minx,
Joanie

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson airs Monday through Friday on CBS at 12:30AM, Pacific. Check local listings for times in your area.

Note about the author: Her fascination and adoration of Craig Ferguson is little more than silly fantasy, with a dash of lust, the likes of which are common amongst single 39 year-old women. She lives many miles safely south of Los Angeles and CBS Studios. She also got a brand new bag of sunflower seeds today.

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  • Leo Jeghelian

    Hi again Joan,
    I became a CF addict in May and have not missed many episodes since. Re: your rating with Carson, I say CF is a cut above; probably the best ever. My humble opinion: CF and Eddie Izzard best funny men ever. However, I don’t believe that Eddie would be as hep as CF as a host. Agree?
    Leo

  • http://blogcritics.org/author.php?author=Cerulean Cerulean

    Oh, my God, there’s two of them :-)

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/arcticnyx/ Heather

    Oh beautiful Craig – I love his chattyness but I miss his desk chat and email banter.
    I was surprised at Sinead O’Connor. Wow, and she has an 18 year old son – I feel old now. She looks exactly the same as she did in 1990 (well, maybe not exactly). I want to go find a copy of The Lion and the Cobra now.
    And yeah, her fidgettyness was making me nervous.
    “Ooooooooooh” :P

  • Eric Olsen

    I love your reports Joanie, hilarious, obsessive, informative, addicting, but I have to admit I don’t even recognize this guy. I have never seen the show — I’ve had to go to bed early for the last 5 years or so — and I don’t remember ever seeing him elsewhere either, so I am way out of the Craig-o-loop

  • http://ezsgblog.com/vtdawson/index.php Bennett

    Eric, you are missing a hell of a show!

    Joanie! This is my first gander at your wit and wisdom. Wow! I am impressed! You are dead on about ol Craigy-weggy, he’s the real deal when it comes to quality.

    I swore up and down that he was the voice for Shreck until proven wrong, but still, I think Mike Meyers ripped off Craig’s voice for that role!

    God love the Scottish. I never hear him without having Robin Williams’ take on the Scottish (HBO Special) playing in the back of my head.

    Thanks for this, it was a hoot!

    I’ll be back for more.

    xoxox!

  • http://bonamassablog.us Joanie

    I’m going to starting linking to streaming video and get you all caught up.

    There’s no way anyone should miss out.

    EO, thank you. I am so flattered and have been floating on Cloud 9 since reading your kind words.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    I cancelled my cable bill this week (the lack of an income while I’m a full-time student has won out over my need for a daily fix of the Daily Show.)

    So this means I can start trying to get my daily fun fix elsewhere like with this Craig guy’s show.

    Yeah, links to clips would be great.
    And hey, Ithink he comes on in like 7 minutes so I just may give up my Craig virginity tonite.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Ok, I’m five minutes into Craig and he’s told me to remove my pants (mission accomplished) and he’s half funny.

    What’s that accent he has?

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    (Scratch that accent question. Figured out he was British.)

    Ok, last update because it’s yout diary and I don’t want to hijack it.

    One – when he talked about sitting at home and being single I thought, “Oh, Joan, he’ s calling out to you”

    Two – he’s funny and sharp. I see the appeal.

  • http://bonamassablog.us Joanie

    Craig is Scottish, Scott.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    So you gonna go offer to play video games with him?

    Are you watching it when I am or later?

    I’m in Maryland.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Oops, forgot about the time difference. Hope I didn’t ruin anything for you, Joan.

    I like him. I’ll watch him again sometime.

  • http://bonamassablog.us Joanie

    Galaga is my game. I could give great pointers.

  • Rick

    Did anyone else see Sinead O’Connor playing with her bare feet, then put them in her mouth, then rub her head, continously? Icck.

  • Rachel

    I absolutely ADORE Craig… The instant I saw him, there was no doubt in my mind that he’s head and shoulders above Leno & Letterman… and not just towering in height either…

    He definitely has the Carson appeal. He’s the first host in AGES to actually LISTEN to his guests! There is real banter and interaction. Have you noticed how he leans in and lowers his head, and his eyes are fixed intently on the guest? He isn’t just waiting for them to take a breath so he can say something witty. With Conan, Jay and Dave, they are all trying to show how clever they are. And the guests are there for hawking a product or film…

    With Craig, he cares more about getting to know THEM, and the promotional aspect of their appearance is NOT the focus of the chat.

    Craig is the heir apparent to Carson, no doubt about it. He is genuine, charming, jaw-dropping handsome and brilliant. Can you imagine that accent whispering in your ear in the dark?

    I’m considering attending a taping, but am concerned that I’ll draw attention to myself as a quivering mound of jelly.

    My only criticism is that his skits are more miss than hit, and the monkey sound effect has worn out its welcome. If he’s going to continue that type of gag, he needs to vary it substantially. Otherwise, he rocks!