Craig Ferguson

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Craig Ferguson

Scottish-American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist add

Category: Literature

Born in 1962.

Countries: United States (35%), United Kingdom (23%), Wyoming (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, Scotland

Linked to: Burroughs Corporation, Cumbernauld High School, White House Correspondents' Association, Comedy Central

 

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Craig Ferguson was born in 1962 add something


1979

Stand-up comedy - In 1979, the first American-style stand-up comedy club, the Comedy Store, London was opened in London by Peter Rosengard, where many alternative comedy stars of the 1980s, such as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Alexei Sayle, Craig Ferguson, Rik Mayall, and Ade Edmondson began their careers


1980

The band, later renamed "Dreamboys", and fronted by vocalist Peter Capaldi, performed regularly in Glasgow from 1980 to 1982 add something


1983

His first marriage was to Anne Hogarth from 1983 to 1986, during which time they lived in New York add something

 

When he moved to New York City in 1983, he worked in construction in Harlem add something


1986

Edinburgh Festival - The character, "Bing Hitler" , premiered in Glasgow, and subsequently became a hit at the 1986 Edinburgh Festival_Fringe add something

 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe - In 1986 the Fringe saw the breakout performance of Craig Ferguson as "Bing Hitler", a "parody of all the ├╝ber-patriotic native folk singers who seemed to infect every public performance in Scotland


1990

The same year, he appeared again at the Edinburgh Fringe, as Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple", opposite Gerard Kelly as Felix and Kate Anthony as Gwendolin Pidgeon, who is now much better known as Aunty Pam in "Coronation Street"; the play, which was relocated to 1990s Glasgow, later toured Scotland add something

 

This was broadcast throughout the UK on 4 March 1990, but was not made into a full series add something


1991

Beginning in 1991, he appeared on stage as Brad Majors in the London production of "The Rocky Horror Show", alongside Anthony Head, who was playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter at the time add something

 

He said he had considered committing suicide on Christmas Day 1991, but when offered a drink by a friend for celebrating the holiday, he was distracted from jumping off Tower Bridge in London as he had planned add something


1992

A recovering alcoholic, Ferguson has been sober since 18 February 1992 add something


1993

In 1993, Ferguson presented his own series on Scottish archaeology for Scottish Television entitled "Dirt Detective add something


1994

After cancellation of his show "The Ferguson Theory", Ferguson moved to Los Angeles in 1994 add something

 

In 1994, Ferguson played Father MacLean in the highly controversial production of "Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom" at the Union Chapel in London add something

 

Gerard Kelly - In 1994 he played Felix Ungar in a Scottish touring production of "The Odd Couple", relocated to modern-day Glasgow, alongside Craig Ferguson as Oscar Madison


1995

His first U.S. role was as baker Logan McDonough on the short-lived 1995 ABC comedy "Maybe This Time", which starred Betty White and Marie Osmond add something


1996

His breakthrough in the U.S. came when he was cast on "The Drew Carey Show" as the title character's boss, Mr. Wick, a role that he played from 1996 to 2003 add something


2000

His younger sister, Lynn Ferguson Tweddle, is a successful comedienne, presenter, and actress, perhaps most widely known as the voice of Mac in the 2000 stop-motion animation film "Chicken Run" add something

 

Brenda Blethyn - Blethyn's first film of 2000 was the indie comedy "Saving Grace" with Craig Ferguson

 

David Rasche - He appeared as Stig Ludwigssen in the 2000 movie "The Big Tease" starring Craig Ferguson


2001

From his second marriage , he has one son, Milo Hamish Ferguson, born in 2001 add something


2003

" Even after leaving the show in 2003, he remained a recurring character on the series for the last two seasons, and was part of the 2-part series finale in 2004 add something


2004

In December 2004, it was announced that Ferguson would be the successor to Craig Kilborn on CBS's "The Late Late Show" add something

 

Peter Lassally - In 2004, 72-year-old Lassally was asked by the CBS network to produce for Craig Ferguson's talk show


2005

His first show as the regular host aired on 3 January 2005 add something

 

Pauley Perrette - In an 2005 interview with Craig Ferguson, the host of "The Late, Late Show", Perrette said she has a lifelong crime obsession

 

Damien Fahey - Craig Ferguson won and started hosting the new "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in January 2005


2006

He stated in a 2006 interview with David Letterman that he intends for the book to be the first in a trilogy add something

 

Ferguson hosted the 32nd annual People's Choice awards on 10 January 2006 add something

 

Ferguson's novel "Between the Bridge and the River" was published on 10 April 2006 add something


2007

Because of this, he declared he wouldn't mock Britney Spears' much-publicized alcohol problems in 2007 add something

 

During 2007, Ferguson, who at the time held only British citizenship, used "The Late Late Show" as a forum for seeking honorary citizenship from every state in the U.S. He has received honorary citizenship from Nebraska, Arkansas, Virginia, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, Tennessee, South Carolina, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Texas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Indiana, and was "commissioned" as an admiral in the tongue-in-cheek Nebraska Navy add something

 

From 2007 to 2010, Ferguson hosted the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on 4 July, broadcast nationally by CBS add something

 

"The Late Late Show" averaged 2,0 million viewers in its 2007 season, compared with 2,5 million for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" add something

 

David Letterman - Worldwide Pants made significant news in December 2007 when it was announced that Letterman's company had independently negotiated its own contract with the Writers Guild of America, East, thus allowing Letterman, Craig Ferguson, and their writers to return to work, while the union continued its strike against production companies, networks and studios who had not reached an agreement


 

Ferguson co-presented the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama with Brooke Shields in 2008 add something

 

He became a citizen of the United States in 2008 add something

 

Ferguson became an American citizen on 1 February 2008 and broadcast the taking of his citizenship test as well as his swearing in on "The Late Late Show" add something

 

In April 2008, "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" beat "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" for weekly ratings for the first time since the two shows went head-to-head with their respective hosts add something

 

Ferguson was the featured entertainer at the 26 April 2008 White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, DC. add something

 

By May 2008, Ben Alba, an American television historian and an authority on U.S. talk shows, said Ferguson "has already made his mark, taking the TV monologue to new levels with an underlying story add something

 

He headlined in the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and in October 2008 Ferguson taped his stand up show in Boston for a Comedy Central special entitled "A Wee Bit o' Revolution", which aired on 22 March 2009 add something

 

On 21 December 2008, Ferguson married art dealer Megan Wallace-Cunningham in a private ceremony on her family's farm in Chester, Vermont add something

 

Michelle Yeoh - On 31 July 2008, she confirmed news that she was engaged to Jean Todt, a leading figure in motor racing, during an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS's "The Late Late Show"

 

Drew Carey - On the September 26, 2008 episode of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", Carey defined "libertarian" to host Craig Ferguson as "a conservative who still gets high


2009

In 2009, Ferguson made a cameo live-action appearance in the episode "We Love You, Conrad" on "Family Guy" add something

 

On 4 January 2009 Ferguson was a celebrity player on "Million Dollar Password" add something

 

In July 2009, Jackie Collins was a guest on "The Late Late Show" to promote her new book "Married Lovers" add something

 

As mentioned on "The Late Late Show" on 3 August 2009, Ferguson holds an FAA Private Pilot's License issued 31 July 2009 add something

 

It went on sale 22 September 2009 in the United States add something

 

On 6 November 2009 Ferguson appeared as himself in a "SpongeBob SquarePants" special titled "SpongeBob's Truth or Square" add something

 

The Muppets (film) - In a March 2009 interview on "The Late Late Show", Segel revealed that he had asked host Craig Ferguson to appear in the film, and at the time, he had been the only person that had agreed


2010

He hosted Discovery Channel's 23rd season of "Shark Week" in 2010 add something

 

Ferguson announced 14 July 2010 on Twitter that they were expecting a child add something

 

Ferguson has been touring the United States and Canada with a stand-up comedy show, and performed at Carnegie Hall on 23 October 2010 add something

 

On 1 December 2010 the audiobook version was nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album Grammy add something


2011

The child, a boy named Liam James, was born 31 January 2011 add something

 

Ferguson announced on the 8 April 2011 broadcast that he is pursuing an instrument rating add something

 

She was a writer on "The Late Late Show" until July 2011 add something

 

Ferguson briefly appeared in Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" music video released on 10 October 2011 add something

 

Jacques Essebag - In June 2011, Craig went to France with Kristen Bell and his robot sidekick, Geoff Peterson, during which he appeared on Arthur's show

 

Arthur (TV presenter) - In June 2011, Craig went to France with Kristen Bell and his robot sidekick, Geoff Peterson, during which he appeared on Arthur's show


2012

Rusty trombone - In 2012, "Late, Late Show" host Craig Ferguson began a running gag offering guests the opportunity to play a rusty trombone

 

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson - On April 3, 2012, CBS announced that they had reached an agreement with Craig Ferguson to a contract extension through 2014


2013

His third video special, "I'm Here to Help," was released on Netflix in 2013 add something

 

Ferguson was awarded the Peter Ustinov Comedy award by the Banff World Media Festival on 11 June 2013 add something

 

In September 2013, Ferguson guest starred on the season finale of "Hot in Cleveland" as a priest/tabloid journalist who turns out to be the father of Joy's son add something


2014

It received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album add something

 

Ferguson will reprise the role for several episodes when the show returns in March 2014 add something

 

On 28 April 2014, Ferguson announced he will leave "The Late Late Show" at the end of 2014 add something

 

His contract was set to expire in June 2014, but a six-month extension was agreed on in order to provide a more graceful exit and give CBS more time to find a replacement host add something

 

Ferguson will additionally host the syndicated "Celebrity Name Game" beginning September 22, 2014 add something

 

The Price Is Right - On April Fools' Day in 2014, Craig Ferguson and Carey switched hosting duties, with Carey hosting the "The Late Late Show" and Ferguson taking over the hosting duties on "The Price Is Right"

 

James Corden - On September 8, 2014, CBS announced that Corden will replace Craig Ferguson as host of the American late-night talk show "The Late Late Show" beginning in early 2015


2015

Ferguson signed in 2015 to play Prentiss Porter in "The King of 7B", a comedy pilot in development for ABC add something

 

The Talk (TV series) - In the second week of January 2015, "The Talk" had a special second "late night" edition each evening which filled the week as part of "The Late Late Show" having guest hosts in the period between Craig Ferguson's departure and James Corden's arrival from the series

 

Worldwide Pants Incorporated - Its production of "The Late Late Show" ended once James Corden's version of the franchise launched in March 2015, though Worldwide Pants did continue to produce the show while it was fronted by a series of guest hosts between the departure of Craig Ferguson at the end of 2014 and Corden's premiere


2016

On February 18, 2016, Ferguson began to host a historical talk show on History titled "Join or Die with Craig Ferguson" add something

 

Comic Relief - The 2016 NBC special airs May 26 with Craig Ferguson as host


2017

On February 27th, 2017, Ferguson started "The Craig Ferguson Show" on SiriusXM's "Comedy Greats" channel add something

 

On February 27, 2017, Ferguson launched "The Craig Ferguson Show", a two-hour talk radio show on the Comedy Greats channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio add something

 

It ran for six episodes from October 9, 2017 add something


2018

In April 2018 Ferguson made a guest appearance in the final episode of series 8 of the BBC1 Scotland sitcom Still Game add something

 

On 10 October 2018, Ferguson announced his third book via Twitter, "Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations" set to release 7 May 2019 add something


2019

As of February 2019, Ferguson has produced no further novels, although he has published non-fiction add something