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Courting Craig Ferguson: The Late Late Show Diaries 01-16-06

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Dear Craig,

What a wonderful week you’ve been having! From your cranky monologue Monday night right on through to your interview with Phyllis Diller tonight, it’s been perfect. I don’t know that I’ll manage to catch everything, but I do have to mention how much I appreciated your presence in my living room on Monday.

I was laughing so hard through Monday night’s monologue that I literally had to pick myself up off the floor after falling off the sofa. Don’t ask. It wasn’t pretty. I suppose someone could make the argument that I was laughing hysterically as a means of coping with tragedy. And, they might be correct. But, that doesn’t make you any less funny. In fact, it makes you more beloved and valued for the relief you bring into my home each night. I could be selfish and ask for more relief, but I’ll be a good girl and sit here quietly.

Yeah, as if that’s ever happened!

So, where was I? Delightfully cranky to naughty and just plain silly monologues set the tone for some great interviews.

Allison Janney, John C. McGinley, and The 88 were on Monday.

I rarely watch The West Wing so I can’t say much about Janney’s performance on the show, but I’ve seen her in Nurse Betty, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc. I’ve loved her performances in all the above. She has a wonderful ability to transform herself into the most lovable and/or interesting characters. My favorite part of your interview with her was when you asked her about John Spencer. Janney lovingly reminisced about him and their friendship. I cried.

Next up was John C. McGinley, from Scrubs. Now, I see this show every week. I’ve had the DVD collections for Seasons 1 & 2 on my wishlist since they first became available.

I must interrupt myself and warn everyone not to search for Scrubs The Complete Third Season unless you want to stumble across the book The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio: How to Go Down on a Man and Give Him Mind-Blowing Pleasure (Ultimate Everything!!!). I don’t know why that came up during the search, but I think it might have something to do with Turk and J.D.’s friendship. Everyone thinks they’re gay. So, save yourself the trouble and skip that particular search, m’kay?

Back to Scrubs and John C. McGinley. I love Scrubs. I love McGinley. He’s so vile and funny as Perry. His moments of tenderness are deftly played against his thuglike treatment of his interns. Perfection! Absolute perfection. Of course, at the end of the interview, you brought up John Ritter. I cried.

Too much death for me at a time when I’m a little too fragile and sensitive about such things.

Finally, The 88 played. Are they fun or what? I’ve been listening to their music for a few weeks and thinking about how much they remind me of Queen, mixed with the Kinks. Or something. All I know is that I felt better by the end of the night and that’s what I needed.

Chalk up another win, Craiggles. You gave relief when you didn’t know I’d need it. You gave me the opportunity to shed the tears I needed to cry, laugh when I needed to laugh, and made it all better with a song.

Thank you!

Your cheeky wee monkey and saucy little minx,


Check out The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, Monday-Friday, 12:30 AM, Pacific. If you can’t stay up that late and/or refuse to record the show, you can always catch up on the monologues and skits on the LLS website.

About the author: Joan Hunt adores Craig Ferguson and television. Without meaning to appear obsessed, she faithfully watches and records every episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Well, almost every episode. Sometimes she forgets to tape the show and/or falls asleep on the sofa where she dreams about kilts and sporrans. She lives many miles safely south of Los Angeles and CBS Studios. Her other love is photography. Someday she hopes to photograph many men in kilts. Many tall men. With accents. And TV shows. Okay, maybe just one tall man with an accent in a kilt. The man will be in the kilt, not the accent. Although, one could make the argument that if the man has an accent and is wearing a kilt…

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  • Scott Butki

    Joan, saw this link and thought of you: