A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson’s ‘Late Late Show’

A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson”s “Late Late Show”
“Over its 2,000-plus episodes,  Ferguson”s 'Late Late Show' became the sort of had-to-be-there joke that remained grateful to any newcomers who wanted to be there too,” says Hank Stuever, a one-time Ferguson guest. “Ratings stayed consistent at around a million-and-a-half viewers each night. Loyal fans were particularly devoted (for evidence of this, look no further than the show”s meticulously and lovingly tended Wikipedia page). Even if Ferguson wasn”t your particular cup of tea, it was impossible not to pick up on the show”s sense of cerebral silliness and joy. Starlets and accomplished actresses were often like putty in his hands. His male guests would frequently turn giddy. Writers almost always wound up talking about something besides their new book.” PLUS: Ferguson”s “Late Late” was its own unique beast, no other talk show host had this level of intimacy with his viewers, Ferguson and Stephen Colbert shared a lot in common, Ferguson was one fan”s sober guiding light, watch a montage of Craig's monologues, the best of Kristen Bell, Ferguson”s most-memorable moments, Ferguson had the ability to combine heart with humor, Ferguson was the best interviewer and loved anarchy, and he”ll be remembered for his storytelling, curiosity, physicality and attraction to risk.

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