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Courting Craig Ferguson: The Late Late Show Diaries 9-29-05

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Dear Craig,

I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl over tonight’s Late Late Show. Fran “The Nanny” Drescher! Robert David Hall from CSI! And, then there was country singer Jo Dee Messina.

Oh my lovely, what fun we had. We laughed, we cried, we wet our pants. Okay, maybe we didn’t really cry…

Monologue: The guys from the office are planning a trip to Vegas and you’re only going for the hookup. I have a better idea – come to Vegas with me in a couple of weeks and we’ll have more fun than you could even imagine. No, don’t be silly. I’ll keep my hands to myself. Mostly to myself. (Damn, I dropped my Skittles over the mere thought of having to behave.)

Craig Ferguson
Anyhow, you’d have more fun with me and my group than you would with office boys. My group will consist of some of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet, and there will be three days of awesome music! Bet your boys can’t say that, can they? No, I didn’t think so.

So, back to the show. The audience asks questions, you start firing people, I don’t like your new intern. Blah blah blah. The intern part, not the rest. Call it jealousy or what have you. I just don’t like tall, thin blondes. It’s a character flaw – on their part.

Fran Drescher is your first guest. Now, if you only knew how many hours I’ve logged watching The Nanny in the last nine months, you’d have a much better understanding of why I like her. She’s made me smile and laugh almost as much as you have during the same period. (Trust me when I say that back injuries are really not the most enjoyable reason to be stuck at home for any length of time.)

I tried watching her new show, Living With Fran, but it just doesn’t have that same vibe. However, I get the whole “younger man” thing. Sometimes you just connect with a person and age isn’t an issue. Unless you’re Mary Kay Letourneau.

Seriously though, Fran met a younger man who helped her through a very rough time in her life. She felt young and sexy and alive again. That’s never a bad thing for a woman.

Drescher is still beautiful and funny. And her birthday is tomorrow (today – Sept. 30, actually). She doesn’t look 48, does she? I hope this year is good to her. She deserves much love and happiness.

Next up was one of the most interesting actors on the original version of CSI, Robert David Hall. Hall plays Dr. Albert Rollins, the Chief Medical Examiner who gives the CSI team the official cause of death on their victims. His character is quirky and funny. Sadly, he doesn’t get as much airtime as the other characters on the show.

Craig, you sweet Ferglet, you got him to tell you about the accident that took both his legs. In a touching narrative, Hall explained how the accident actually gave him many more opportunities than he had first thought would be available to him. He’s gone from voice-over work to co-starring on one of the top rated shows on TV. And, I thought he was interesting before I knew all this.

Your final guest of the night was Jo Dee Messina, who sang the cut “Delicious Surprise”, from her new album of the same name. I was rather surprised to discover it was co-written by Beth Hart. It was a fun song, but I didn’t like it as much as I have always liked “I’m Alright”.

My dear, thank you for a very nice show. It was over too soon for my liking, as it always is.

I shall see you again tomorrow.

Your cheeky wee monkey and naughty little minx,


Joan Hunt is a writer/editor for BlogCritics. She likes kilts, rolling green hills, and men with sexy accents. 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. Her favorite Skittles are the Original Fruit Skittles, especially the lemon, lime, and orange. Joan also likes Sour Skittles. There’s nothing else of interest here, move along now.

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  • Nancy

    I too have a wee crush on Craig Ferguson. I really didn’t find him very appealing on The Drew Carey Show as Nigel Wick but boy my opinion has changed!

    He is not your typical late night host. There is no band to banter (Paul Schafer or Kevin Eubanks) with or play goofy music after your jokes (Jay Leno). I even started checking out his movies from the library. The Big Tease, Saving Grace. A Little Romance is a must if you find him a sexy beast!
    I jusst hope his ratings are high and he doesn’t get cancelled. I try to spread the word about how good he is but a lot of people aren’t aware of the show.

  • Bob A. Booey

    They need to change that silly, childish theme song already.

    That is all.

  • Cerulean

    I can’t get a fix on what kind of women he likes from watching him with his guests (for the sake of Joanie). SHARON STONE was flirting with him heavily and he was bantering in return but not seeming likely to run off with her. I guess he values his sobriety. He seems friendly to the female guests but not yet really interested in any I’ve seen.

  • Joanie

    Nancy, I’ve adored Craig since before Drew Carey…I can’t recall where I saw him, but I thought he was awesome.

    BAB, I like the theme song. Craig wrote it and sings it!

    Cerulean, he is rather all over the place with some of guests, isn’t he? I love his flirty but safe persona. It’s sweet.

  • Cerulean

    I sense an inner reserve but maybe it’s just trying to host the show and not sexually harass the guests. Sharon Stone was into him. I was surprised by that. You can tell when some of the hosts like the guests but so far I haven’t seen anything that much with him. You should have seen Ellen DeGeneres with Drea DiMatteo.

  • Joanie

    Maybe he’s just one of those guys who flirts to cover up his insecurities.

  • Cerulean

    Hard to say. He does look more alive lately. It’s probably the divorce or, if he quit recently, the cessation of whatever his problem substance was.

  • Ann

    Apparently he is now dating Sharon Stone if rumor proves correct. I thought they seemed awfully chummy when she was on his show.