Show format The show starts with a cold open which consists of a short improvised monologue or commentary by Ferguson either as himself or involving his various puppets.
Show format The show starts with a cold open which consists of a short improvised monologue or commentary by Ferguson either as himself or involving his various puppets. Later the show featured banter with Geoff Peterson , his robot sidekick voiced by Josh Robert Thompson , and Secretariat, a pantomime horse ; interaction with members of the studio audience, or occasionally a pre-taped bit. After another commercial break, Ferguson is seated behind his desk, where he usually reads and responds to viewer emails and since February tweets from his proclaimed "robot skeleton army".
Starting in , Ferguson began each by dramatically ripping up note cards written for the interview, "signalling to the audience, and to the guest, that this conversation need not be rigidly managed".
These have included themed weeks such as "Crab Week", "Magic Week", and "Shark Week"; and the long running "photo of Paul McCartney " joke, wherein Ferguson will call for a photo of McCartney, which is actually a photo of actress Angela Lansbury and vice versa. The show infrequently uses variations of the latter gag featuring other pairs of look-alike celebrities, such as Cher being shown as Marilyn Manson. Ferguson's first show as host was on January 3, For approximately the first two months, he continued his predecessor's monologue format, reading 5—10 jokes from cue cards.
In the week of March 17, , The Late Late Show debuted a new set featuring a desk interview area on a raised platform; the backdrop was also changed to a detailed representation of Los Angeles. For the occasion, puppets took over the show; Ferguson conducted the entire show as his puppet Wavy Ranchero, and recurring sketches also featured puppet replacements.
Jason Segel also made an appearance as his muppet Dracula, performing a musical number with band The Broken West. That's our show—redundant and timely. I'm redundant, timely I mean, I represent the redundant form of the late night stand-up comedian, and he represents impending death [ In April , Letterman announced his plans to retire. CBS passed over Ferguson to choose Stephen Colbert as the new host of Late Show beginning sometime in , reportedly viewing Ferguson as too much of a niche performer to succeed Letterman.
Ferguson's contract, which expired in June stipulated that he was Letterman's successor at With Letterman's departure, CBS would become the sole producer of the show and it is the network which determines what is done with the time slot and with which any contract is negotiated. CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves said in an interview: A woman would be great in late night. Craig thanked his comedic partner Josh Robert Thompson , the viewers, the crew, and explained: Over the years, going with this show out and around, or going and doing stand-up with Josh, I've come into contact with a lot of people who are viewers of this show, and although I said my goodbyes to the crew, the people who made this show are you.
You came to a show that, let's be honest, was a bit of a fixer-upper. It kind of stayed that way, but what I hope we've done [ So in that sense maybe it is a piece of art, it didn't exist and now it does. What we've done here, it doesn't go away because I stopped doing it, we stop doing this and we start doing something else [ But I think what was more overwhelming than anything else in the experience of doing this show was making a connection with a country which I became a part of, which is astonishing to me.
Even in the course of this show I became an American, officially and particularly for my friends at the IRS , I am now a fully-fledged American. However, what I can't be is a member of a club, which I didn't really ask to join, I wanted to do this show [ Craig tells Geoff he wants to finally find out who the real identity of Secretariat is.
Asked to lift up his mask, it's revealed to be Bob Newhart. Craig asks, "Bob Newhart?! What are you doing here? Elsewhere he imagined it all from a snowglobe , and The Sopranos cut to black with Journey 's " Don't Stop Believin' ". Originally, it was a miniature monologue and to talk about the guests on the show.
Over time, this segment expanded to include short skits and musical sessions often involving puppets , and occasional interaction with members of the studio audience. In actual practice, the cold open was the second segment presented when the show was recorded at the CBS studios. The open was actually recorded after the monologue but aired before it, something Ferguson originally thinly disguised, but later openly mocked. On November 22, , Ferguson opened the show with evidence that a French talk show called Ce Soir Avec Arthur had stolen his show's opening sequence, as well as some of his puppet and song-and-dance concepts.
The theme tune was re-recorded for the show's switch to HD, premiering on August 31, and produced by Andy "Stoker" Growcott. Besides when the show traveled i.
Paris, Scotland, New Orleans , the lyrics to this theme were the same during the entire year run.
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