No. That's not Liza Minnelli.
Actor, talk show host, comedian, author. Occasional singer, onetime Punk Rock
drummer, terrible impressionist, comical slanderer of his co-workers, and necromantic slaveholder (simulated).
Craig Ferguson (May 17, 1962-) hosted The Late Late Show
from 2005-2014 and the author of the books American on Purpose
and Between the Bridge and the River
. He has appeared in Saving Grace
, The Big Tease
, I'll Be There
, and How to Train Your Dragon
. Besides his recently vacated post behind (and in front of, and sometimes on top of) the desk of The Late Late Show
, he is best known as Drew Carey
's evil boss Mr. Wick on The Drew Carey Show
. He also voiced animated characters such as Nos-4-A2 in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
, Owl in the 2011 Winnie-the-Pooh
animated feature, and Lord Macintosh in Brave
Craig was born in Scotland
, and thus began his career in the UK doing stand-up comedy under the name Bing Hitler. (He is now a naturalized American citizen, and self-identifies as American rather than Scottish or British.) In a "Hey, It's That Guy!
" moment, he was in an early episode of Red Dwarf
in 1988 ("Confidence and Paranoia") as Confidence, who killed himself by trying to breathe in space. He also appeared on the UK panel game Have I Got News for You
and the American game Million-Dollar Password
Besides having a bit of a love affair with the MythBusters
(Grant Imahara built him a robot skeleton sidekick), Craig was the 2010 host of Shark Week
for the Discovery Channel
. He's also a bit of a Doctor Who
fan, and a toy TARDIS has been prominently displayed on his show's desk for several years. Fittingly enough he is also a lifelong friend and former bandmate of Peter Capaldi
. He shares great chemistry with Kristen Bell
, to the point where she made so many appearances on his show that she openly lobbied to become co-host, although this never came to be. He has also hosted the Boston Pops' Fourth of July show for the past three years.
He has also done three comedy specials: A Wee Bit O'Revolution
for Comedy Central in 2009, Does This Need To Be Said?
in 2011, and his latest special, I'm Here To Help
, debuted as an Netflix exclusive in 2013 (all have since been released on DVD).
Ferguson is also hosting the syndicated game show, Celebrity Name Game
, which launched in September 2014. He ended his tenure as Late Late Show
host on December 19 of the same year.
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