Craig Ferguson’s Cold-Open Puppet Songs: Another Reason To Live


One of the greatest things about Conan O’Brien moving from his 12:30 pm slot to the Tonight Show’s 11:30 slot, was that it allowed me to drift on over to Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show at 12:30 instead. A big fan of Conan, I never before had an opportunity to catch the brilliant Mr. Ferguson. And OH WHAT I HAVE BEEN MISSING!

Not only is Mr. Ferguson easily the funniest man on late night (sorry Conan), but Ferguson’s “cold-opens” to his show are downright brilliant. Yes, before his intro and monologue, Ferguson starts his show off with a short “pre-open.” It’s often quite bizarre, almost always hysterically funny and inventive, and something I’ve grown to consider a bright spot in my weekday (or weeknight, as the case may be).

One of the best moments for me are Ferguson’s brilliantly choreographed lip-synced musical numbers starring himself and a cast of “friends” and now-famous puppets.

Here’s last night’s cold-open. It is truly amazing:

And just for shits and giggles, here’s another favorite:

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Craig Ferguson’s Cold-Open Puppet Songs: Another Reason To Live

One thought on “Craig Ferguson’s Cold-Open Puppet Songs: Another Reason To Live

  1. Janice Findley says:

    I have loved Craig Ferguson for years. And it didn’t register until the writer’s strike that he didn’t use writers! Because he is one smart and creative guy, he can just brilliantly riff every night! Ferguson is a guy that you’d like to invite into your house –and I do most nights at 12:30! Something that has been missing since the end of Johnny Carson. Best of all, he assumes his viewers are intelligent!

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