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: