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#A-TO-Z CHALLENGE – LETTER “F” – CRAIG FERGUSON, SCOTTISH-AMERICAN COMEDIAN
Ferguson, born 17 May, 1962 in the Springburn district of Glasgow,
Scotland, Scottish-American comedian. I knew when I chose this
topic that I would write about Craig Ferguson. Born in Glasgow,
Scotland, he hails from the same area as my father and his family,
thus, there is already a kinship. The Wallace clan are obviously a
different clan; but we separate from all other Scottish clans, with
no septs, by choice and there is an historic and also a political
reason for this, but that is a story for another day. That does not
mean that we do not pay homage to others, nor fail to appreciate a
comedic style that is partially home-grown, by Ferguson and mostly,
unique to him.
This pretty much sums up a Scots festival; blue painted face. Probably a Ferguson kilt. And oh yeah! Plenty o' bagpipes!
is a comedian who started out playing drums in rock and punk bands,
first with a group called Exposure and later with a punk band
called Bastards From Hell. The band re-made itself and changed
its name to Dreamboys and was fronted from time to time by
Peter Cipaldi, in Glasgow, from 1980 to 1982, which has had a
thriving music and theater arts/comedy scene for decades. Cipaldi
encouraged Ferguson to have his first go at stand-up comedy, which to
Ferguson's credit, he attempted, although it was a nerve-wracking
that, Ferguson decided to develop a character based on all of the
overly-patriotic native folk-singers who seemed to infect every music
festival in Scotland. The character “Bing Hitler” coined by
Cipaldi and premiered in Glasgow, became a hit at the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe, in 1986. Ferguson went on from that to Red
Dwarf , STV's Hogmanay Show, and the 1993 One Foot in
the Grave Christmas Special, One Foot in the Algarve.
Also in 1993, Ferguson presented a series on Scottish Television,
called Dirt Detective.
He traveled throughout the country examining archaeological history,
including Skara Brae and Paisley Abbey.
also found success in musical theater as Brad Majors, playing
alongside Anthony Head, who was Dr. Frank-n-Furter in Rocky
Horror Picture Show. He had
several other shows on STV, but after the cancellation of his show
The Ferguson Theory, he
moved to Los Angeles, California.
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his first U. S. role was as Logan McDonough in the short-lived ABC
comedy Maybe This Time, with Betty White and Marie Osmond. He went
from there to his break-out role as the mean-spirited boss, Mr. Wick,
in The Drew Carey Show,
who he played with an over-the-top-English accent to “make up for
generations of English actors doing crap Scottish accents.” He
cites James Doohan's (who was actually Canadien by birth) portrayal of Montgomery Scott on the old Star
Trek series, (thereby clearing up a mystery in my household. Me Ma
(she was from Edinburgh and never saw Braveheart) insisted tha' was the wurst Scots she'd ever
heard, but then, she thought that the statue of William Wallace in
Glasgow looked a lot like Mel Gibson, and didn't see any family
resemblance to my late father. I just changed the subject)
specifically in his comedy special A Wee Bit o' Revolution.
I grew up with the Wallace standards, tartan and other paraphernalia that had been handed down over generations and knew my family's history, long before Mel Gibson concocted his version. Thank the Christ my father was in his grave when Braveheart came out.
his off time as cast member, Ferguson devoted his time to
screen-writing and produced and starred in three films, The Big Tease, Saving Grace and I'llBe There. (I've seen The Big
Tease and it's a tour-de-force of satire; documentaries, hair
stylists and the Big Contest, complete with all of the back-stage
ravings! A very funny movie, as is Saving Grace,
about an English widow who turns to some, um, illegal agriculture as
a way to save her town.)
This Celtic symbol is in honor of his mother, who is of Irish heritage.
December 2004, it was announced that Ferguson, would take over from
Craig Killborn, following the David Letterman show on CBS's, The
Late, Late Show. His first show as host aired on February 5, 2005. By
May of 2008, Ben Alba, an Americna television historian and authority
on U. S. Talk shows said that Ferguson was “making his own mark,
taking the TV monologue to new levels with an underlying story. But.
. . he is only just starting. It is the immigrant experience.”
Craig Ferguson Rants on His Staff
it is. I watched when Ferguson became a U.S. Citizen and have watched
him as he takes pride in his adopted country, much in the way my
parents did, especially my father, who was a more devoted patriot
than I, native-born can say. Craig Ferguson has won the prestigious
Peabody Award, written two books, one a novel, and one, his memoirs,
called American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely
Patriot. The book focuses on how and why he became an American, and
covers his years as a “punk rocker, dancer, bouncer and
construction worker as well as the rise of his career as a comic.
Clan Ferguson Standard and Crest
has held a special place in my heart because I do identify with the particular Scots
looniness of his brand of comedy. It was de rigueur
in my house, growing up and was also, shall we say, profane. One of
the hallmarks that I did NOT touch on and that is toned down here in
America or polite British society, is the peculiar use of the “f”
word in the Erse or Gaelic world. If you weren't cussin' up a storm
in my household by the age of oh, 11, there was something wrong. In
his comedy acts, Ferguson uses profanity freely; I am well-accustomed
to it and it bothers me not one whit. Here in the U. S. it is quite
different, so one does as they do in Rome. But, underlying all the
f-bombs are some hard truths and witty observations about the human
condition. Ferguson is one of the best and most honest comics around;
he wears his heart on his sleeve and he plays a might fine set o'
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Acquiring a much richer and fuller experience and finding deeper meaning in day to day life, than I ever learned in a classroom, concert hall, or computer center. I will never believe that things just occur randomly, just monumentally disordered.