“I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies.” — Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson is best known as the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and as “Mr. Wick” from The Drew Carey Show. Many casual fans don’t realize that Ferguson is also a stand-up comedian. He’s performed his act all over the world including Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. Ferguson has had two Comedy Central specials and another on Netflix.
Ferguson stand-up is similar to the monologues he performed on The Late Late Show. He relies more on his storytelling ability then he does on a traditional stand-up patter. While he couldn’t swear on network television, Ferguson does curse on stage.
His hilarious stand-up routine has earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album in 2014 and the Peter Ustinov Comedy Award from the Banff World Media Festival.
Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 17, 1962. Before entering show business he studied electronics. He also worked in construction and as a bouncer.
He began his career as an entertainer in the earlier 1980s by performing as the character “Bing Hitler,” a parody of patriotic folk singers. This eventually led to several appearances on British television and numerous roles in high profile stage musicals.
Ferguson moved to Los Angeles in 1994. The following year he landed a role on a short-lived sitcom that starred Betty White.
Ferguson has written half-a-dozen movie scripts of which three have been made: The Big Tease, Saving Grace, and I’ll Be There. He starred in all three and directed the last one.
Ferguson has been married three times and is a recovering alcoholic. On Christmas Day, 1991, Ferguson seriously contemplated suicide. He decided not to jump off London’s Tower Bridge after a friend gave him a drink for the holiday. Ferguson became a U.S. citizen on Feb. 1, 2008.
Craig Ferguson Fun Facts
>>Ferguson was in a punk band called “The Bastards From Hell”
>>Ferguson created the character Dr. Martin from the British television series Doc Martin.
>>Ferguson appeared in an episode of Red Dwarf.
>>Ferguson has done extensive voice work including roles in How to Train Your Dragon, Brave, Family Guy, Futurama, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
>>Ferguson has written two bestselling books: Between the Bridge and the River and American on Purpose.