'Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit O' Revolution': What'd you think?

Craig Ferguson’s Sunday-night stand-up special on Comedy Central felt refreshingly…sweet. Sure, there were the requisite bleeps, but he joked about his Scottish mum lovingly — only through proper delivery and timing can her saying, "If you eat one more banana, you will turn into a banana," be truly funny. And he seemed genuinely proud to have recently become an American citizen, a sentiment that seems even more current now than it could have when he taped the special in Boston last July during pre-election fever. (Loved his gentle take-down of George W. Bush, acknowledging that the prez seemed like a nice guy when they met at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last year, but that he still didn’t really want to take a picture with him.)

But nothing beat the bit about his foray into drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: After being turned onto pot at a Blue Oyster Cult show, the only mind-altering substance he could get his hands on for his next concert was some chloroform a medically employed friend slipped him. Let’s just say he missed most of the long-awaited Deep Purple set and learned his lesson. Does it get any more American than that?

What did you think? Did Ferguson’s take on moms, Sean Connery, Bush, and drugs make you laugh?

Here’s an uncensored clip from the show, which also comes out on DVD tomorrow.

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  • Emma

    I had the chance to see him live just over a year ago and he was fantastic. Hilarious, intelligent and severely entertaining…which all came across in the special. Fantastic.

  • Mariane

    I thought he seemed less at ease than he does on his nightly show, and he’s also funnier doing his nightly monologue material. This stand-up act is a little dated, seeing as how his mother passed and so did Bush. Love him on the Late Late Show.

  • Melissa

    My husband’s grandma is in LOVE with Craig. I don’t ever get to catch the Late Late Show, so this was the first chance I got to see this guy. I thought his Sean Connery bits were hilarious. He has a lot of great energy. I’d take grandma to see him live, for sure.

  • Miranda Kyhill

    I never laughed so hard for so long – my face hurt. I saw him Saturday night at Proctor’s in Schenectady, uncensored, and he brought the house down. The TV special was fantastic, too.

  • jlane

    Craig Ferguson’s Comedy Central show as obviously taped several months ago before the death of his mother and his marriage. Actually, his comedy is much better suited to his TV show. I think his small CBS studio and audience might actually play to his advantage for the intimate and personal style of his monologue.

  • Jeanne

    FYI, the show was actually taped in October, not July. I was there and it was awesome.

  • Gert Frangi

    I have gone to many of his shows and thought this one would be different,but it wasn’t ….I hope he changes this routine and act more like he does in his monologues on tv. He no longer needs to talk about coming to America 15 years ago. I won’t go to his shows anymore unless the comedy changes. Hope he or some one on his staff reads this. I have been a fan since he started LateLate Show and want him to succeed so my criticism is meant to be constructive…

  • Allison

    I thought he was very, very funny so much so that I saved it on the DVR for my friends to watch. Love Craig!

  • Zwick

    I was at this recording back in October and if you liked this, but the DVD because they cut out almost an hour of what I thought was the better part of his show

  • Kate

    Love Craig, but don’t watch his show as much as I’d like because its on so late (why oh why did they hand over the Tonight Show to the bland Jimmy Fallon instead of this guy?). His bits were funny overall, especially his opening line about the rowdy Boston drunks being “his family” and his drug/rehab stories. Keep it up Craig!!

  • Deb

    He is simply Charming! I saw his live stand up show last July and even my urge to go out for a smoke would not tear me away from the show. I am glad to see that David Letterman is finally asking his audience to please stay tuned for Craig Ferguson. You don’t have to beg me to watch, I record it every day.

  • Patricia Smith

    I adore Craig Ferguson and he is hysterically funny in this special! I pre-ordered the DVD a week ago, because I knew there would be commercials last night, but good grief! SIX times he was interrupted by lengthy ads for Girls Gone Wild! What a disservice to Craig’s performance. (don’t go there…lol)

  • Mary Engman

    I love seeing Craig on that stage. The material is not new to me that much since I have seen Craig live about 6 times. I have my copy pre-ordered of the full unedited version on Amazon. Also his new book, “American on Purpose” is being released in Sept. as well as on a audio CD. I also have those pre-ordered from Amazon. Craig is a many talented character and isn’t bad to look at either. I fall into the older age group, but he is so funny and he is such a tease on his show. You really do feel that he is talking right to you when you watch him. On one of his interviews, perhaps the “Early Show” on CBS, he said he felt like he made a close connection with his viewers while doing his show. One of his guest recently said that he made love to the camera and in a way he does. He seem to reach through the camera and grab your attention and you get addicted to his handsome face and his off the wall comedy. I guess you can guess I love the man and his great talent.

  • Mary Engman

    Hey Gert Frangi, Craig is so good at comedy, I too have seen him live many times and his material is older and of the same stuff lots of the time. Hey the man does 5 shows a week, not everyone has the chance to see him live and I loved the special. He has so many facets, he can do more with a few word and a facial expression than most of those guy who claim to be comic who read their material off of card or teleprompters. Even his boss Dave letterman has cards before him, I love Jay Leno but he is reading off a teleprompter, if you don’t believe me watch his eyes, he is looking down reading. So get off the high horse and just love the man who gives us all something to stay up late for. He had two books to his resume, the last coming out this fall. Give the man the benefit of the doubt, his life is filled with a new wife, a 7 year old son and he does standup almost every other weekend. He is so talented he should have a better studio and an earlier time slot.



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