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(Buzzfeed)   Because his pretaped monologue featured several Batman jokes, Craig Ferguson took the monologue off the program and replaced it with this heartfelt address   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 96
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2012-07-22 12:04:50 AM  
Was watching that last night...

Classy move.
 
2012-07-22 12:25:08 AM  
He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.
 
2012-07-22 12:32:49 AM  

Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.


I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.
 
2012-07-22 12:46:15 AM  
Q: How many Batmans does it take to change a light-bulb?

A: None. They like the dark.


...

Batman and Robin are camping in the desert, set up their tent and are asleep. Some hours later, Batman wakes his faithful friend. "Robin, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Robin replies, " I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?" asks Batman.

Robin ponders for a minute.

"Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.

Chronologically, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three.

Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

What does it tell you, Batman?"

Batman is silent for a moment, then speaks:

" Robin, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent."



...



There is a big room with four corners. In the first corner, you find Superman. In the second corner you find Batman. In the third corner you find Spiderman. And in the fourth corner you find a gorgeous, extremely intelligent, 100% natural blonde woman with a ultra-thin magazine-model figure. In the center of the room there is a pot of gold. Who gets to the pot of gold first?

A: None, because none of these characters exist.
 
2012-07-22 12:46:37 AM  

Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.


I like the guy too, but don't be so naive.
 
2012-07-22 12:52:25 AM  

Mark Ratner: Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.

I like the guy too, but don't be so naive.


OK, then let's look at it as the best possible solution for getting a prerecorded show on the air. Fair enough?
 
2012-07-22 12:58:30 AM  

Lsherm: Mark Ratner: Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.

I like the guy too, but don't be so naive.

OK, then let's look at it as the best possible solution for getting a prerecorded show on the air. Fair enough?


Word.

*fistbumps*

/has he been here long enough, where we can claim him has our own funny American with an accent?
 
2012-07-22 01:01:57 AM  

Mark Ratner: Lsherm: Mark Ratner: Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.

I like the guy too, but don't be so naive.

OK, then let's look at it as the best possible solution for getting a prerecorded show on the air. Fair enough?

Word.

*fistbumps*

/has he been here long enough, where we can claim him has our own funny American with an accent?


Nah, he's definitely not American. If you watch the video, he really wants to rail against our gun laws, but he doesn't know how to do it, and it pains him.
 
2012-07-22 01:23:43 AM  

Mark Ratner: /has he been here long enough, where we can claim him has our own funny American with an accent?


He actually has dual citizenship. He kinda made a big deal about taking the citizenship test and all the formalities about it on the show.
 
2012-07-22 01:40:24 AM  

Donnchadha: Mark Ratner: /has he been here long enough, where we can claim him has our own funny American with an accent?

He actually has dual citizenship. He kinda made a big deal about taking the citizenship test and all the formalities about it on the show.


Good for him. I think he's hilarious, but I don't get the chance sometimes to stay up late and watch him.
 
2012-07-22 03:07:53 AM  

Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.


Craig's made these kind of monologues before. He was the only late night host to refuse to mock Brittney Spears when she was going through her problems because it was too close to his own past issues with alcohol. He's genuinely one of the good ones.
 
2012-07-22 03:22:32 AM  

baka-san: Was watching that last night...

Classy move.


Agreed.

I was kinda wondering if any of the late night shows were going to mention it, then I remembered they actually tape Friday's shows on Thursday.
 
2012-07-22 03:58:56 AM  

fusillade762: baka-san: Was watching that last night...

Classy move.

Agreed.

I was kinda wondering if any of the late night shows were going to mention it, then I remembered they actually tape Friday's shows on Thursday.


I was looking forward to Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert's take on it, and remembered they don't even have Friday shows.

/Monday will be an interesting night.
 
2012-07-22 04:16:22 AM  
Leno would've rerun an old show.
 
2012-07-22 04:28:11 AM  

Coelacanth: Leno would've rerun an old show.


How can you tell they're new?
 
2012-07-22 04:29:55 AM  

Coelacanth: Leno would've rerun an old show.


But he didn't, he mentioned it and moved on.
 
2012-07-22 04:46:31 AM  
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2012-07-22 04:58:56 AM  

fusillade762: baka-san: Was watching that last night...

Classy move.

Agreed.

I was kinda wondering if any of the late night shows were going to mention it, then I remembered they actually tape Friday's shows on Thursday.


I think only Ferguson pre-tapes Friday show on Thursday and Kimmel is always a rerun on Friday.
 
2012-07-22 05:23:42 AM  

Phoenix_M: fusillade762: baka-san: Was watching that last night...

Classy move.

Agreed.

I was kinda wondering if any of the late night shows were going to mention it, then I remembered they actually tape Friday's shows on Thursday.

I think only Ferguson pre-tapes Friday show on Thursday and Kimmel is always a rerun on Friday.


I've seen Letterman do it too. Though recently they've been showing mostly re-runs on Friday. Conan doesn't even bother doing a Friday show.
 
2012-07-22 05:24:14 AM  
Not to rip on anyone I see posting here, but if only slate.com "Dear Prudie" threads were met with such scrutiny...
 
2012-07-22 06:27:50 AM  

Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.


The network pretty much lets him do his own thing. It's not considered an important time-slot, and he gets them better numbers than they expect, consistently (and has for years now). Him doing this was almost certainly his decision and entirely his decision.
 
2012-07-22 06:45:52 AM  

Mark Ratner: Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.

I like the guy too, but don't be so naive.


There's a fine line between naivete and crushing cynicism. You're so far on the other side, there's no reason to argue anything. You made your judgement with absolutely no information whatsoever. That's cynicism. And it flies in the face of what you just watched. So shad up.


Meanwhile, I came to this board to say that though I don't watch his show, this guy has consistently shown a great deal of character whenever his work comes across my field of view. He's classy as fark.

(And he deserves better than a bunch of self-aggrandizing bullshiat from Mark Ratner. No fist bump, douche.)
 
2012-07-22 07:17:05 AM  
Good on you, Craig. One of the reasons you're one of the best late night hosts we'll ever see.

Now, can you please convince Kristen Bell to come back and do a show in her underwear?
 
2012-07-22 07:40:02 AM  
I like Geoff.
 
2012-07-22 07:57:37 AM  

BalugaJoe: I like Geoff.Balls


FTFY
 
2012-07-22 08:11:40 AM  

Lsherm: Nah, he's definitely not American. If you watch the video, he really wants to rail against our gun laws, but he doesn't know how to do it, and it pains him.


I think he might disagree with you:

www.harpercollinscatalogs.com
 
2012-07-22 08:14:31 AM  
This guy has always been a class act. This isn't the first time he's done something like this. As mentioned before he came on & said he wasn't going to poke fun at Britney when she melted down. Every other host as afiak did. You can't fake that kind of emotion. He, like the rest of us, was stunned by what happened. He could have run what was taped in it's entirety or he could have just run a rerun.

Craig pretty much gets to do whatever the fark he wants to on his show. The producers were hounding to get a live band so his show could be like pretty much every other late night show. He basically said fark you. It's my show & had some strange type of band. It was a while ago so I don't remember exactly what was in the "band." In the end they let him get his way. You'll notice he doesn't have a band. His point was made very clear to the network. So Mark Ratner I may be nieve but I'd rather be nieve than cynical. Especially after this weekend's events I'd rather try to look on the bright side of life. I'd rather think people as a whole are better than they are.
 
2012-07-22 08:35:09 AM  
I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.
 
2012-07-22 08:49:50 AM  

nimawai: This guy has always been a class act. This isn't the first time he's done something like this. As mentioned before he came on & said he wasn't going to poke fun at Britney when she melted down. Every other host as afiak did. You can't fake that kind of emotion. He, like the rest of us, was stunned by what happened. He could have run what was taped in it's entirety or he could have just run a rerun.

Craig pretty much gets to do whatever the fark he wants to on his show. The producers were hounding to get a live band so his show could be like pretty much every other late night show. He basically said fark you. It's my show & had some strange type of band. It was a while ago so I don't remember exactly what was in the "band." In the end they let him get his way. You'll notice he doesn't have a band. His point was made very clear to the network. So Mark Ratner I may be nieve but I'd rather be nieve than cynical. Especially after this weekend's events I'd rather try to look on the bright side of life. I'd rather think people as a whole are better than they are.




So much this^.

I don't watch paid programming-that is how I look at nitetime talkshows. Everyone who comes on latenite shows are plugging a TV show,movie,book or album.

I did catch Furgeson's show that nite he said all that about Britney Spears, and it gave me instant respect for him.So when I am off on some nites, I sometimes flip over on his show when I am watching TV. He is funny and I always wondered why he didn't have a band like all the others.

/sorry for any misspellings or run on sentences.
/this my evening and I have had a few drew scrivers.
 
2012-07-22 08:53:39 AM  

Mark Ratner: Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.

I like the guy too, but don't be so naive.


It was likely a full team decision.
 
2012-07-22 09:11:35 AM  
what was the jist od what he said? I don't watch late night tv.
 
2012-07-22 09:26:38 AM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


It's not that these people are more special than anyone else. I think it's more the shock that a human being can do something like this. It's pretty unthinkable. Yes people die every day. Most are anonymous. Quite a few no one cares about. It happens.

IMO There were a couple heroes. The guy who shielded his girlfriend is a hero to me. He knew he was risking his life to save hers. That to me is a hero.
 
2012-07-22 09:33:58 AM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


But, uhhmm, do you like Craig Ferguson?
 
2012-07-22 09:36:56 AM  

I try to catch Craig's show when I can. Yes, he does tend to lean a lot on sexual jokes (Lesbian's Row, all the gay sexual innuendos with Geoff) which sometimes gets repetitive, but it's a funny show. I think Ferguson does guest interviews better than any of the other hosts. And I like the weirdness of the show (big cash prizes, awkward silence, the march of the host and the women). Nice he did this opening change.


I hope he stays in this time slot because if they ever offered him an earlier time they would probably sanitize his show to death.

 
2012-07-22 09:58:20 AM  
images.tvrage.com
 
2012-07-22 10:01:31 AM  
Class act. His words about recovery have always been on point as well.
 
2012-07-22 10:09:54 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: [images.tvrage.com image 250x205]


That was him? Beer milkshakes?!
 
2012-07-22 10:14:07 AM  
This is what happens when you try to get out of working on Friday by taping two shows on Thursday.
 
2012-07-22 11:13:22 AM  

rc3ntexas: I don't watch paid programming


Huh?? It's ALL paid programming.

And you're doing yourself a disservice, cause Ferguson hosts a consistently funny, offbeat show, and his guest interviews are an absolute joy to watch, he always gets MUCH more fun out of them than other hosts, even the good ones like Letterman and Conan. And one of the surprising factors is, like mentioned above, Ferguson has a rare humanity about him, very honest and down-to-earth.
 
2012-07-22 11:14:18 AM  

gopher321: There is a big room with four corners. In the first corner, you find Superman. In the second corner you find Batman. In the third corner you find Spiderman. And in the fourth corner you find a gorgeous, extremely intelligent, 100% natural blonde woman with a ultra-thin magazine-model figure. In the center of the room there is a pot of gold. Who gets to the pot of gold first?

A: None, because none of these characters exist.



Yeah, but neither does the pot of gold.
 
2012-07-22 11:18:14 AM  
FFS, why does Fark keep linking to Buzzfeed when they're just embedding the YouTube video?

Oh yeah, $$$
 
2012-07-22 11:34:07 AM  
I got distracted by this sidebar item instead and forgot to watch the Craig Ferguson thing: Link
 
2012-07-22 11:34:25 AM  
Ya'll are wearing out your knee pads on this thread.


Pace yourselves, knobgobblers. Obama might need you to defend him one tab over.
 
2012-07-22 11:35:50 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

dude is funny, yo
 
2012-07-22 11:37:16 AM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


www.worstpreviews.com

It's because it's not part of the plan.
 
2012-07-22 11:44:13 AM  

Snatch Bandergrip: rc3ntexas: I don't watch paid programming

Huh?? It's ALL paid programming.

And you're doing yourself a disservice, cause Ferguson hosts a consistently funny, offbeat show, and his guest interviews are an absolute joy to watch, he always gets MUCH more fun out of them than other hosts, even the good ones like Letterman and Conan. And one of the surprising factors is, like mentioned above, Ferguson has a rare humanity about him, very honest and down-to-earth.


So we agree then?

Like I said he is the only one I watch when I have the time.

I don't disagree with anything you said.
 
2012-07-22 12:14:10 PM  

stoli n coke: Now, can you please convince Kristen Bell to come back and do a show in her underwear?


Anyone's underwear, really. I'll loan her mine, if she likes.
 
2012-07-22 12:26:23 PM  
I'm pretty certain he is wearing a Breitling B-1 (maybe titanium?). I almost picked up a used one last week but the seller was in the UK and I hate Int'l transactions for stuff like that.

/got nuthin', classy move by Craig
 
2012-07-22 12:48:44 PM  

Oysterman: fusillade762: baka-san: Was watching that last night...

Classy move.

Agreed.

I was kinda wondering if any of the late night shows were going to mention it, then I remembered they actually tape Friday's shows on Thursday.

I was looking forward to Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert's take on it, and remembered they don't even have Friday shows.

/Monday will be an interesting night.


I think it's unlikely he was 'forced' to this by CBS.

Why?

This is the same guy who came on a few years back when Britney Spears was having her melt-down and said he would stop making fun of her. He was a drunk/addict and knew what it was like and felt she needed more understanding/treatment than being a point of ridicule.

He seems like a stand-up kinda guy and good on him for doing it.

Now this:
1) Interesting to hear his normal tone of voice with more of the Scottish burr coming out
and
B) what's up with the ring on his right hand middle finger? That just looks poofy.
 
2012-07-22 12:53:22 PM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.



I don't think it's fair to rail against the people that died though. Saying they're getting their 15 minutes of fame? Wtf? I'm sure their families would much rather have had them come home that night. Yes, there's a lot of bad shiat that happens in this world and this is some bad shiat. Media insanity aside, there are a lot of people hurting and devastated. Dismissing this as a baker's dozen being murdered like it's nothing makes you more of an asshole than anything else you said.
 
2012-07-22 12:56:23 PM  

rc3ntexas: Snatch Bandergrip: rc3ntexas: I don't watch paid programming

Huh?? It's ALL paid programming.

And you're doing yourself a disservice, cause Ferguson hosts a consistently funny, offbeat show, and his guest interviews are an absolute joy to watch, he always gets MUCH more fun out of them than other hosts, even the good ones like Letterman and Conan. And one of the surprising factors is, like mentioned above, Ferguson has a rare humanity about him, very honest and down-to-earth.

So we agree then?

Like I said he is the only one I watch when I have the time.

I don't disagree with anything you said.


Perhaps I misread, my bad.

Please accept this Ferguson clip as a token of my apologies. :)
 
2012-07-22 01:00:10 PM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


Agreed.


[Redacted observations of J. Kennedy flying his plane into the drink]
 
2012-07-22 01:44:24 PM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it


or even hears about it ... which probably explains why they don't give it any thought.

Dumbass.

Large events get larger coverage. Details at 11.

:K
 
2012-07-22 01:45:06 PM  
He couldn't run an old episode because his slogan is "It's a great day for America". There was no other way to run an old show. Best way of handling this.
 
2012-07-22 02:20:14 PM  
Maybe because I lived in the UK for so long, or just didnt catch the right show or give it enough time, I just dont get the Ferguson love that is displayed especially here on Fark. I suspect it comes from a bit of nationalism where a foreigner that is not brown and from the UK to boot is willing to officially become an American so we think "hey, he gets it". All that not withstanding, I dont sense the funny.
 
2012-07-22 02:44:40 PM  

DemoKnite: Maybe because I lived in the UK for so long, or just didnt catch the right show or give it enough time, I just dont get the Ferguson love that is displayed especially here on Fark. I suspect it comes from a bit of nationalism where a foreigner that is not brown and from the UK to boot is willing to officially become an American so we think "hey, he gets it". All that not withstanding, I dont sense the funny.


I think it's because, in general, you know you are watching a guy who is not a raging egomaniac, and seems to have at least a foot on the ground. I can also appreciate someone who is willing to admit his awful past mistakes that doesn't come across in a "Look at me! I'm special!" kind of way. I don't care about his love for America. I just know when I tune in I'll see something halfway unique, and on rare occasions will see something heartfelt that not a single one of the other late night hosts is ever going to do.

I know there's a strong strain of wanting to tear down good or successful people -- especially in internet forums -- but it's so rare we get someone with a modicum of sense in a decent high position in the entertainment industry that sometimes it is good to celebrate that person.
 
2012-07-22 02:48:10 PM  
Team Craig. That is all.
 
2012-07-22 03:15:58 PM  

FitzShivering: DemoKnite: Maybe because I lived in the UK for so long, or just didnt catch the right show or give it enough time, I just dont get the Ferguson love that is displayed especially here on Fark. I suspect it comes from a bit of nationalism where a foreigner that is not brown and from the UK to boot is willing to officially become an American so we think "hey, he gets it". All that not withstanding, I dont sense the funny.

I think it's because, in general, you know you are watching a guy who is not a raging egomaniac, and seems to have at least a foot on the ground. I can also appreciate someone who is willing to admit his awful past mistakes that doesn't come across in a "Look at me! I'm special!" kind of way. I don't care about his love for America. I just know when I tune in I'll see something halfway unique, and on rare occasions will see something heartfelt that not a single one of the other late night hosts is ever going to do.

I know there's a strong strain of wanting to tear down good or successful people -- especially in internet forums -- but it's so rare we get someone with a modicum of sense in a decent high position in the entertainment industry that sometimes it is good to celebrate that person.


Yeah, what he said.
 
2012-07-22 04:07:32 PM  

Mentat: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

Craig's made these kind of monologues before. He was the only late night host to refuse to mock Brittney Spears when she was going through her problems because it was too close to his own past issues with alcohol. He's genuinely one of the good ones.


That was a great monologue. So tender and genuinely concerned.
 
2012-07-22 04:14:30 PM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


it's a big deal because it was terrorism. it might not have been political terrorism, but it was terrorism, and this kind of attack at a soft target largely populated by children at a highly anticipated festive event is, and should be treated as, a major story
 
2012-07-22 04:14:36 PM  
Craig by himself, and Craig with Geoff, all make me howl -- they are great. I thought his pre-empting his monologue in the light of what happened was just about as classy an action as we're likely to see in late-night talk show television.

Team Craig.
 
2012-07-22 04:24:52 PM  
Another great monologue was his eulogy for his father in 2006:

Link

Craig's the only one who could make a eulogy for a man I never met something I really enjoyed watching.
 
2012-07-22 04:33:29 PM  
Good on him...I usually don't get to watch his show on late night, but when I surf for interviews with some of the actors I enjoy, I usually get a kick out of the ones that end up on his show. It's especially entertaining, IMHO, to see him conversing with a fellow Scotsman. Loved his interviews with Kevin McKidd and Robert Carlyle.

Scottish enough for ye?

/accent pr0n for nerds like me
 
2012-07-22 05:08:37 PM  

Mark Ratner: The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.

But, uhhmm, do you like Craig Ferguson?


The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


yes you are absolutely right
you are an asshole
 
2012-07-22 05:15:49 PM  
Well done Classy Man.
 
2012-07-22 05:34:50 PM  

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


You sound a lot like me when I was in my teens. I do understand where you're coming from, and though I'm pretty sure it would anger you (it would have me), I feel for you that you actually feel that way. I also understand the dejection and cynicism inherent in such a rant.

Just because people dying is a part of life does not mean it is something to be ignored, nor something that isn't emotionally devastating. Just because people die in other circumstances does not mean that the death of a different group of people is not both sad and significant. While what I guess is the origin of your feelings is that we _should_ care about everyone else dying is getting translated into what comes across as an asshole nature, you should consider that with everything else in the world, the people who are close to us really are one of the few things that matters and lasts. When you see people upset over this and talking -- at least excluding newscasters -- you're often seeing a mixture of emotions indicating how fragile and evanescent life can be, and people waking up to a moment for how quickly those close to them could be taken away from them. When you hear people say, "Imagine it was your child," they're being more honest than the rest. When we see things like this, it is natural to imagine, "That could have been someone I loved." And if you love someone deeply, the thought of them being taken out by a psychopath in an innocuous setting is absolutely horrifying.

I agree with you entirely that none of these people are heroes, and that the hagiography present in the media whenever people die is both absurd and counter-productive, but I really think you are missing the ultimate emotional point of it all: it's about handling loss, and thinking about the loss you would feel in those circumstances. People don't associate as strongly with, "The guy starving in Africa" or "The gang kid shot in the street" because they're just not going to lose people that way. Perhaps they should. But everyone can understand the feeling of someone he or she loves being in the wrong place at the wrong time and having their lives ended senselessly.
 
2012-07-22 06:15:47 PM  

Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.


Ferguson has my respect for his speech on his recovery. Everything I've really seen him do has been heartfelt, honest, sincere, and completely in evens with the program of AA as it's supposed to be worked (but oh so often is not).

So this is just another check mark in his 'class act' box for me. Plus his comedy is hilarious.

As for the shooting, a few guys were watching it on TV at work friday. After the 4th time in 10 minutes of them reviewing the same 'facts' and sensationalizing the whole thing, and tracking down every person who ever knew any of these people, I was literally so angry at the whole media shiat storm I had to leave the room for an hour. It infuriates me. Sure, the loss was tragic for some people, but the 'coverage' is disgusting.
 
2012-07-22 06:23:05 PM  

skinink: the march of the host and the women


Here I was going to post a pic of the makeup hotties, but damned if I can find even one :(
 
2012-07-22 06:25:14 PM  
Fergusons' the real deal; I watch his show when I get up each morning (CBS has it up on his site by 4am or so; a couple of dedicated folks also post it, sans commercials, on yt pretty quickly also).
He runs the show the way he sees fit; the running gag is that CBS doesn't even know he's there.

As others have said, there's none of that plastic-y fakeness to his show; he intentionally goes out of his way to buck the formulaic late night stuff that even his boss, Letterman, does.
He also doesn't have a problem making light of himself or showing his emotions, god or bad.
There's no pretensions, I suppose you could say.
Works off the cuff a lot and is acually funnier that way than when he's on script; wish he'd do more of the skits he used to do, though. He's friggin hilarious when he does those.

It also helps that he's the funniest late night host on tv, bar none.
 
2012-07-22 07:20:04 PM  

blueviking: Good on him...I usually don't get to watch his show on late night, but when I surf for interviews with some of the actors I enjoy, I usually get a kick out of the ones that end up on his show. It's especially entertaining, IMHO, to see him conversing with a fellow Scotsman. Loved his interviews with Kevin McKidd and Robert Carlyle.

Scottish enough for ye?

/accent pr0n for nerds like me


That was cool.

CF seems like an ok guy. I may have to start watching.
 
2012-07-22 07:22:58 PM  

blueviking: Good on him...I usually don't get to watch his show on late night, but when I surf for interviews with some of the actors I enjoy, I usually get a kick out of the ones that end up on his show. It's especially entertaining, IMHO, to see him conversing with a fellow Scotsman. Loved his interviews with Kevin McKidd and Robert Carlyle.

Scottish enough for ye?

/accent pr0n for nerds like me


See also: McGregor, Ewan and Connolly, Billy
 
2012-07-22 07:23:48 PM  

FitzShivering: The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.

You sound a lot like me when I was in my teens. I do understand where you're coming from, and though I'm pretty sure it would anger you (it would have me), I feel for you that you actually feel that way. I also understand the dejection and cynicism inherent in such a rant.

Just because people dying is a part of life does not mean it is something to be ignored, nor something that isn't emotionally devastating. Just because people die in other circumstances does not mean that the death of a different group of people is not both sad and significant. While what I guess is the origin of your feelings is that we _should_ care about everyone else dying is getting translated into what comes across as an asshole nature, you should consider that with everything else in the world, the people who are close to us really are one of the few things that matters and lasts. When you see people upset over this and talking -- at least excluding newscasters -- you're often seeing a mixture of emotions indicating how fragile and evanescent life can be, and people waking up to a moment for how quickly those close to them could be taken away from them. When you hear people say, "Imagine it was your child," they're being mor ...


Really, really well put. Honestly.
 
2012-07-22 07:27:01 PM  
That was the best handling of this tragedy I've seen so far.
 
2012-07-22 09:16:38 PM  
Good on him.
 
2012-07-22 09:22:51 PM  

nimawai: I'd rather try to look on the bright side of life.


Relevant.
 
2012-07-22 09:23:15 PM  
ok...the guy is a class act
 
2012-07-22 09:49:40 PM  
Besides the one glaring asshole in this thread, I think Craig and most others commenting in here are class acts. Hey, but what do I know.
 
2012-07-22 10:00:46 PM  
I do have to say that I would have felt better if Alex the Intern had returned to comfort me.
 
2012-07-22 10:45:43 PM  
Another classy Ferguson moment.

Link
 
2012-07-22 11:22:19 PM  
My favorite Ferguson moment Geronimo!
 
2012-07-23 12:12:43 AM  
I watch on a semi-regular basis, at times I piss away too many hours online and miss it but I always enjoy his show when I do catch it. I've watched the others (except Conan, he's creepy to me) and they are all 'highly polished' network drones that seem indistinguisable to me. I love the fact that he asks the strangest questions of his guests and lets interviews go off the rails to land wherever they may. His guests all look like they having a ball even when he befuddles them. He seems to like to allow his guests be as odd and quirky as they are in RL, as odd and quirky as he is.

Perhaps my personality and his sense of humor are compatable. I find him hilarious. I love his monologues, his quirkness, his silly school boy sexual jokes/inuendeos, his gleefulnaughtyness and I find him personable and real. I just get the feeling that if you were trapped in an elevator with any of the others you'd get 'Prima Donna' attitude and with Craig you'd get a guy that was as frightened/frustrated as you and he'd talk with you and maybe play a little harmonica...

And yeah, that was very classy and heartfelt, he was as at a loss, just like the rest of us and it showed.

Bravo!
 
2012-07-23 01:05:42 AM  
Future Fark link:
The leaked footage of Bat-man jokes cut from Craig Ferguson's monologue.
 
2012-07-23 02:36:52 AM  

OK So Amuse Me: I love the fact that he asks the strangest questions of his guests and lets interviews go off the rails to land wherever they may. His guests all look like they having a ball even when he befuddles them. He seems to like to allow his guests be as odd and quirky as they are in RL, as odd and quirky as he is.


What can sometimes also be fun is when he gets a guest who DOESN'T know how to swing with him, and they are either truly clueless, annoyed/pissed, or just trudge on like it's a "regular" talk show. The all-time worst in this department was Patricia Heaton, who seemed prepared to be interviewed by Jay Leno and did not budge an inch the whole time. Heather Graham was so cluelessly ditzy I actually slightly regretted all the times I'd fapped to Rollergirl and Felicity Shagwell.
 
2012-07-23 03:29:04 AM  

OK So Amuse Me: I watch on a semi-regular basis, at times I piss away too many hours online and miss it but I always enjoy his show when I do catch it.


Now you can piss away your hours and still get the show.

/"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."
//fark You, CBS!
 
2012-07-23 03:49:37 AM  
You know, he's a pussy. This fear of living is unacceptable.

Some sociopath blows up and kills a lot of people whose only crime was going out and living their lives. Yes, it's terrible. Yes, it's worth talking about. For fark sake, giving up enjoyment of your life, changing your jokes, and explicitly avoiding talking about a movie because of it is just horse shiat.

What people like him need to be doing is reviewing TDKR's on their shows.

Cut through the fear and go on living people, you could die tomorrow for all you know.
 
2012-07-23 03:53:38 AM  

DemoKnite: Maybe because I lived in the UK for so long, or just didnt catch the right show or give it enough time, I just dont get the Ferguson love that is displayed especially here on Fark. I suspect it comes from a bit of nationalism where a foreigner that is not brown and from the UK to boot is willing to officially become an American so we think "hey, he gets it". All that not withstanding, I dont sense the funny.


You're reading way too much into it. Not everyone likes the same kind of jokes, so even though lots of others find Ferguson hilarious, it doesn't guarantee that you will. Mystery solved!

/Ferguson was popular long before he started the US citizenship process, BTW, and claiming racism has anything to do with his appeal makes no sense, unless you think there's an equally funny brown Scotsman with a talk show on a rival network, but no one watches him solely because of his brownness. In reality, NO ONE WATCHES HIM BECAUSE THERE IS NO BROWN SCOTSMAN WITH A TALK SHOW ON A RIVAL NETWORK. Just thought I'd clarify that for you in case there was still any lingering confusion.
 
2012-07-23 04:06:57 AM  

Ed Willy: He couldn't run an old episode because his slogan is "It's a great day for America". There was no other way to run an old show. Best way of handling this.


I disagree.

The best way of handling this is to make fun of a good movie, just as he originally intended. To do anything else other than to continue to live your life is to reward the sociopath who committed this atrocity.
 
2012-07-23 04:31:06 AM  

Renowned transvestite sexologist: Ed Willy: He couldn't run an old episode because his slogan is "It's a great day for America". There was no other way to run an old show. Best way of handling this.

I disagree.

The best way of handling this is to make fun of a good movie, just as he originally intended. To do anything else other than to continue to live your life is to reward the sociopath who committed this atrocity.


He felt it was in bad taste to say it's a great day while a number of people are in shock and mourning, so he changed his show's opening out of respect for their grief. In no way has he "rewarded" the shooter, who isn't even likely to see a television for a very, very long time.
 
2012-07-23 04:38:21 AM  

smask: OK So Amuse Me: I watch on a semi-regular basis, at times I piss away too many hours online and miss it but I always enjoy his show when I do catch it.

Now you can piss away your hours and still get the show.

/"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."
//fark You, CBS!


If CBS itself had a decent video player that didn't spend half its time absurdly pixely, I'd be willing to watch the previous night's show online with commercials as a way of supporting the production of the show.

But seeing as CBS's streaming video sucks a big, green donkey dick, DrPinch is my hero.
 
2012-07-23 04:40:05 AM  

EdgeRunner: He felt it was in bad taste to say it's a great day while a number of people are in shock and mourning, so he changed his show's opening out of respect for their grief. In no way has he "rewarded" the shooter, who isn't even likely to see a television for a very, very long time.


Thing is, it is a great day.

How we react to things like functions as motive the sociopaths who commit these acts. Put the guy on trial, get help to the victims and their families, and move on with our lives. This thing where rampant speculation about the sociopath is just fine and dandy, but god forbid you tell jokes or even worse tell jokes about the Dark Knight Rises.

Those can actually help the victims and their family's should do so, otherwise the rest of should continue to live our lives to be best of our abilities.

Additionally, just to spite the farkwad who did this, go see Dark Knight Rises with a bunch of friends.
 
2012-07-23 04:44:06 AM  

Renowned transvestite sexologist: You know, he's a pussy. This fear of living is unacceptable.


What do those two things have to do with each other? He felt it was in poor taste to run a segment where he says "It's a great day for America" and did a bunch of "Batman" jokes in the wake of horrific events directly tied (fairly or not) to the movie in the psyches of many people - events that made it not a great day. As such, he taped a new opening and explained why.

How is this being a pussy? How is this fear of anything? He made a judgment call based on his personal sense of right and wrong.

It's not like he went off half-cocked writing pissy little insults about strangers on internet forums.
 
2012-07-23 06:06:39 AM  
Looks like Neil Gaiman has competition for the title of 'Classiest Human on the Planet'.
 
2012-07-23 06:21:34 AM  

100 Watt Walrus: smask: OK So Amuse Me: I watch on a semi-regular basis, at times I piss away too many hours online and miss it but I always enjoy his show when I do catch it.

Now you can piss away your hours and still get the show.

/"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."
//fark You, CBS!

If CBS itself had a decent video player that didn't spend half its time absurdly pixely, I'd be willing to watch the previous night's show online with commercials as a way of supporting the production of the show.

But seeing as CBS's streaming video sucks a big, green donkey dick, DrPinch is my hero.

I concur. CBS' view blows chunks. I'd put up with the commercials if the damn thing didn't "time out" or whatever that is that it does every time I go to view an episode.

OTOH, they don't go after DrPinch2190 (among others) on youtube for posting entire shows sans commercials either, so I guess there's that.

What some of you are failing to recognize is that CF, at his most fundamental, is a decent human being. He doesn't take himself or what he does on his show seriously; he knows he's there to provide some light entertainment in the middle of the night when most folks are asleep already.
He shows respect when it's due and an indication of that was how he dealt with this situation.
Instead of doing what other shows commonly do (reruns, etc.) he simply chose to take the time to pass on his condolences and grieve a bit, like any decent human would do.

Whoever said "fear of living" doesn't get it.
Tha sociopath hasn't managed to put fear into anyone; to the contrary, I'm sure I'm not alone in just wanting a couple minutes alone in a small room with the creep to exact a little free-to-taxpayers justice.
However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't show proper respect to the victims and their families, which is what CF was doing. Good on him for doing so.
 
2012-07-23 06:40:15 AM  

Snatch Bandergrip: rc3ntexas: Snatch Bandergrip: rc3ntexas: I don't watch paid programming

Huh?? It's ALL paid programming.

And you're doing yourself a disservice, cause Ferguson hosts a consistently funny, offbeat show, and his guest interviews are an absolute joy to watch, he always gets MUCH more fun out of them than other hosts, even the good ones like Letterman and Conan. And one of the surprising factors is, like mentioned above, Ferguson has a rare humanity about him, very honest and down-to-earth.

So we agree then?

Like I said he is the only one I watch when I have the time.

I don't disagree with anything you said.

Perhaps I misread, my bad.

Please accept this Ferguson clip as a token of my apologies. :)



Its all good.
Oh, and thanks for the clip.
 
2012-07-23 10:22:00 PM  

The1andonlyZack: innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it.


I'd be more worried about a society that doesn't attempt to try to give some empathy to such widely broadcast non-ordinary situations.

Yes, it happens all the time, but it's hardly ever broadcast like this was, or has the same specifics that this does.

It's an outreach, a show of support, on scale with what happened. Two guys get into a fight, one dies, sure, there is some local outreach there, but as you say, it's not shocking to people outside the area, it happens all the time. Here it was a crazed gunman doing crazy shiat to a large number of people, that doesn't happen every day, and on the whole is a bit more shocking. This is the kind of trauma that can and will fark people over for life, specifically because it is so out of the ordinary.

Not to say, that small scale victims/families think it's ordinary, but in the grand scope of things, it is. We'd all care if it happened near us, mostly.

If you honestly can't tell the difference between this and a typical gang shooting or whatever, get help. Check yourself into a hospital somewhere, because you're the kind of detatched individual that could snap and do this tomorrow.
 
2012-07-24 08:13:56 PM  

Renowned transvestite sexologist: Ed Willy: He couldn't run an old episode because his slogan is "It's a great day for America". There was no other way to run an old show. Best way of handling this.

I disagree.
The best way of handling this is to make fun of a good movie, just as he originally intended. To do anything else other than to continue to live your life is to reward the sociopath who committed this atrocity.




Erm...Even Letterman was somber after the 9/11 attacks.
Just sayin'

/Team Ferguson, even though I hardly ever stay up to watch him anymore.
//Liked how he didn't mock Britney Spears
///Never understood why Lindsay Lohan was fair game, though.
 
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