But anyone who even remotely followed his career would know that.
How many people would give up a late night comedy show—arguably at the height of their powers, riches and fame—because they felt it was simply time to move on? Ferguson didn't so much as steal scenes as he did commit armed robbery.
He was fast, furious and vulgar. When the show ended, I didn't give Ferguson a second thought. Craig Ferguson's stand up special Tickle Fight is available on Netflix It was only many years later that I rediscovered Ferguson, this time through the magic of YouTube. I almost didn't recognise him.
He looked much older. He was in a suit and tie.
His accent was thick. He seemed to be having a damned good time hosting, what seemed to be a low-rent parody late night show. Unlike Jon Stewart, Ferguson didn't care about informing you.
Unlike David Letterman, interviews weren't to be treated seriously.
Unlike Jay Leno, celebrities weren't 'just like us'. Ferguson knew the truth: Hollywood was at its core, fake and shallow and utterly ridiculous.
The show reflected Ferguson's eccentric nature: Instead of a human host, he installed a gay robot sidekick named Geoff.
He also later brought in a pantomime horse, which would stare uncomfortably at guests and sway along to creepy music.
At the start of the interview, Ferguson would also take the carefully stacked cue cards on which ostensibly, his questions were written and tear them up. His interviews were at times, extremely uncomfortable and at times wild.
He'd flirt shamelessly with the female guests , safe in the knowledge that, according to him, "no one watches this show". At times, his show was unexpectedly moving.
In , when Britney Spears seemed to be losing her mind in front of the entire world, and his late night cohorts seemed almost gleeful in mocking her for it, Ferguson seemed apologetic and repentant.
He vowed not to make any jokes ridiculing the singer and unexpectedly recounted his own journey from drugs and rock 'n' roll to sobriety. It should be about always attacking powerful people, attacking the politicians and the [Donald] Trumps, and the blowhards.
When I heard he was walking away from his show, I was disappointed. It was almost like I'd lost a crazy uncle. Ferguson, like Seinfeld, Judd Apatow, and many, many others, has become just the latest big name in comedy to join the Netflix family.
I kept waiting for his patented 'you too ladies' line, which always killed the audience, but it never came. Perhaps that was his one concession to this new world, where someone's repressed homosexuality even playing his own faux gayness for laughs in a self-deprecating manner , was off-limits.
Good for him. Still, Ferguson touches on a wide range of topics, from Japanese toilets in my opinion, his funniest bit , his best friend and fellow CBS employee stealing a getting drunk in Las Vegas, stealing a limousine and calling him for help.
That he isn't behind his desk when Trump is president.
I used to have to work at monologues. He isn't here to score political points. He insists that he will tell only one joke during the course of the evening, the oldest joke in the world. One his friend, an Egyptologist, discovered, incidentally, in Egypt.
A joke his old friend Drew Carey once told him. Ferguson speaks in a way that makes you believe he's talking off the top of his head, often blurting out a ridiculous statement that leaves the audience bewildered for a moment before he adds: Let me explain.
And he does. It isn't the strongest stand up material I've ever seen, but Ferguson's goodwill with the audience and his delivery leaves you absolutely tickled. Get Moneycontrol Pro for a year for Rs only. Offer valid till 10th November,