On Monday, May 14th, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” will start airing its week of shows recorded in the host’s homeland, Scotland. A few characters from the show went along on the trip including robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson, and dancing pantomime horse, Secretariat. And yes, there will be puppets! Foul-mouthed, white, North London rabbit, Sid, was flown overseas, as well.
Craig also brought along a few celebrities to hang out with. Joining him were Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Sedaris, and Ariel Tweto. A highlight of the show is Craig and a few of his guests gathered around for a meal in a Glamis Castle with Sedaris leading a long discussion about colostomy bags. Now, that may not sound too appetizing or funny, but trust me, it’s hilarious.
Ferguson premiered the first episode of this week at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. With his wife, Megan, by his side, he was pretty anxious to watch it because he was curious how it turned out. Craig frequently admits to never watching his show, but these episodes are sentimental to him. He generously took take the time out to grant me a brief interview while the show was already screening inside.
First of all, happy early birthday.
Thank you very much.
You’ve taken the show to Paris and Scotland. Where would you like to go next?
I’m not sure. I don’t know if it’s New York. I’d love to do a bunch of shows from the south as well. We’ll go again because I’m cautiously optimistic about the reception to this thing. I think this may be the best thing we’ve done. I think they’re good
So, what guests would you like to have on the show that you haven’t had on yet?
I’m trying to think to say a name for you to use as leverage to get them on. It tends not to happen like that. What happens is that I become interested in somebody when they’re pitched usually, you know how this thing is. They say, “Would you like to have Sandra Bullock to be on the show with you?” Yes, of course I’d have Sandra Bullock on the show. And then they say, “Would you like to have the other guy in the movie? His name’s Bob.” Well you go, “Oh, I don’t know. Tell me about Bob.” Is there a guy called Bob doing a movie with Sandra? That’s not really my job. I think my job is to find them interesting once they’re there.
How excited are you about your new studio?
About as excited as Scottish people get. Inside, I’m Roberto Benigni.
You and Geoff Peterson, there’s always great banter with the two of you. Did you dream that you would have this much success with your robot skeleton sidekick?
Well actually. I think the robot skeleton is emblematic of complete failure on my behalf because what I tried to do with the robot skeleton was use it as a kind of huffy piece of deconstruction about how tired the idea of a sidekick was and to use it in some kinds of ways to deconstruct the late night genre. And what happened was that Josh Robert Thompson does it, he’s so good at it that I just went this is great actually so let’s just do it. So, I failed in what I set out to do with Geoff Peterson but that’s all right because it’s funny and it’s fun.
Are you going to take Geoff on the road with you?
Oh, Geoff was in Scotland which was difficult for him because it’s a whole different voltage.
And your new catchphrase is?..
That sounds dirty. Yeah, it started last night, and I forgot to do it tonight. I don’t know if it will last longer than a show.
Thanks Craig, it was so great meeting you.
Very nice to meet you, too.