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|Craig Ferguson’s stand-up act attracts an odd crowd|
|Topic Started: Nov 5 2010, 02:08 PM (124 Views)|
|Singingfan||Nov 5 2010, 02:08 PM Post #1|
Kronos the Monkey
Craig Ferguson's stand-up act attracts an odd crowd
By Neda Salamat, U-T,
Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 3:26 p.m.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego
Phone: (800) 745-3000
Since taking over "The Late Late Show" in 2004, Craig Ferguson's explicit brand of humor has gained a wide following on the small screen, leading to an Emmy nomination in 2006. Not that Ferguson is a one-trick pony — he's acted in movies (his voice can be heard in the blockbuster "How to Train Your Dragon"), written books and directed films. He's heading to San Diego with his eclectic sense of humor and, even better, an all-new stand-up act.
Q: How are you?
A: I'm all right, I'm all right. I'm kind of vulnerable, but masculine.
Q: Do you like San Diego?
A: I love San Diego. It’s a beautiful town. And its proximity to Tijuana is quite nostalgic for me. I used to go there a lot.
Q: Do you ever visit San Diego when you aren't performing?
A: I do, actually. I've been here every now and again. I have a boat I like to sail, so I go down there and sail it back up. I'm quite nautical these days.
Q: Has your pilot's license come in handy when you're traveling around for your shows?
A: No. Very few people ask me to actually fly the plane. At no point has anyone said, "Is there a pilot on board?" which is the whole reason I got it.
Q: Have you had anything unexpected happen during your stand-up routine?
A: Yes, things are always going to catch you off-guard a little bit. You're in your own zone when you're doing stand-up, sort of like a one-sided conversation. So anyone who has been in a bad marriage knows what its like to be a stand-up comic.
Q: You've never had people do anything bizarre? Like... dress up funny?
A: Yeah, people do that all the time. They dress up funny and throw puppets at the stage.
Q: They throw puppets at you?
A: Yeah, it's happened. Little white bunny rabbits like I use on the show. They wave them at me and stuff. I don't quite know what they're trying to achieve by that. They're like, "Craig, here’s a puppet," and I'm like, "Yeah, I’ve seen one before."
Q: Do you have any preshow rituals that help calm you down?
A: I don't really get that nervous. I've been doing it for a long time. I kind of relax out there. I tend to make sure I don't eat too close to a show, 'cause then I get sleepy, which is not a good look on stage.
Q: How is Geoff (Craig's skeleton robot sidekick) doing?
A: Very well. As long as he's connected to the main, he's healthy. If he's within 12 feet of an electrical outlet, he's fine. After that, things get rocky.
Q: Does he participate in your live shows at all?
A: Not yet. Perhaps next year I'll think about doing that, but not right now. We need to get a break from each other, me and Geoff. It's been very difficult. We're in a very tense, close relationship, and I don't want him there all the time.
Q: I heard Geoff has had some technical problems.
A: Sure, he's a robot skeleton — that doesn't come without a price.
Q: Do you have a favorite episode from your show?
A: Nah, I tend not to watch it, because I know what happens.
Q: Do you have a favorite guest?
A: Betty White or Desmond Tutu. Betty White, Desmond Tutu or... um, that's it. Betty White or Desmond Tutu.
Q: Do you watch any other TV?
A: I watch "Mythbusters." I watch "Bored to Death," which I really love. And I watch "Unwrapped" as well, which is a show about how they make food. Oh, and "Iron Chef" I"ve been kind of getting into now.
Q: Food shows are great. They make me hungry.
A: Yeah, they are good. The danger about food shows, though, is that I have to be eating while watching them.
Q: Me, too.
A: I have to have food while I'm watching "Iron Chef" or else I'll go eat something. I can't watch after dinner because I'll eat a second dinner.
Q: So you can't eat before a show and you have to eat while watching food shows?
A: Are you implying that I may have an eating disorder?
Q: No, I'm not... I don't know.
A: Maybe I do! Maybe I do.
Neda Salamat is a Union-Tribune intern.
Courtesy of: San Diego Union-Tribune http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/nov/04/bring-your-puppets
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