It's a great day for Craig Ferguson! March 31, 2010 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Since the most recent Craig Ferguson post is closed to new comments, I thought I would let everybody know that he won a Peabody award for his interview with Desmond Tutu.
posted by orrnyereg to MetaFilter-Related at 1:08 PM (30 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

Part One, Part Two and Part Three of the episode that won.
posted by kanata at 1:14 PM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow, this is really great! Thanks.
posted by kbanas at 1:18 PM on March 31, 2010


When he's at his best, which is often, he's better than anybody on television.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:22 PM on March 31, 2010 [10 favorites]


Leno got a Sherman award for his interview with some random moron on the street.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:24 PM on March 31, 2010 [2 favorites]




I've just started tuning into him two or three nights a week since that last fpp*. Question: How many late night hosts feature a skit based around Asimov's laws of robotics as he did last night?

*Turns out my enjoyment of him increased along with the strength of my evening G&T
posted by Think_Long at 1:31 PM on March 31, 2010


Leno got a Sherman award for his interview with some random moron on the street.

Which, of course, he turned into a hot rod.
posted by carsonb at 1:32 PM on March 31, 2010


Wait a minute . . . what the fuck happened to YouTube?
posted by Think_Long at 1:35 PM on March 31, 2010 [2 favorites]


Following in the footsteps of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
posted by smackfu at 1:57 PM on March 31, 2010


The only thing that annoys me about his show is that his audience claps too much. I just want them to shut up so I can hear more of him. That interview w/ Stephen Fry w/o any audience was brilliant.
posted by kanata at 1:59 PM on March 31, 2010


There's a more recent Craig Ferguson post closed to new comments. Apropos of nothing but: yay for Craig Ferguson posts (he'd been off my radar till the MeFi love for him.)
posted by Zed at 2:14 PM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Which, of course, he turned into a hot rod.

Wow, I can't stand Leno, but that video was really fascinating. I've never seen him that personable; he was affable, knowledgeable, understated. Did he even crack a single joke? I wish that side of his personality was more prevalent on his terrible talk show.
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:03 PM on March 31, 2010


That interview w/ Stephen Fry w/o any audience was brilliant.

Exactly. That he, a comedian who relies on his audience, was willing to completely forgo it for the sake of discourse was impressive. Even more so was the fact that he and Fry managed to be completely riveting and brilliant for an hour.

I rarely watch late night talk shows, but if I do, it will always be Ferguson. No questions.
posted by quin at 3:10 PM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Why are the Peabodies giving awards to "Modern Family" and "Glee"?
posted by smackfu at 3:55 PM on March 31, 2010


Think_Long: "Wait a minute . . . what the fuck happened to YouTube"

I know, right? They totally broke my favorite Greasemonkey script.

Anyway, the show's new Twitter jingles have been highly amusing:

FLUGENWEB SPACECODE TWITZONE ASSMODE
Country music
Eighties

Same goes for the brief Twitter war Craig had with Grant Imahara from Mythbusters (if Twitter made it easier to link to conversations, I would, but eh.) He's going to unveil the Robot Skeleton Sidekick (a.k.a. Geoff Peterson) on Monday.
posted by Rhaomi at 4:02 PM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


smackfu: Why are the Peabodies giving awards to "Modern Family" and "Glee"?

I don't know anything about Modern Family but Glee is excellent.
posted by headnsouth at 4:05 PM on March 31, 2010


Yes, apparently it's just a "this is a good show" award. I think the prestigious reputation comes from the journalism side, not the entertainment side.
posted by smackfu at 4:18 PM on March 31, 2010


I love the fact that in that interview Tutu does a fairly silly impression of Nelson Mandela's voice.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 4:47 PM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yay! I love Craig Ferguson, he's a charming man.
posted by saturnine at 4:57 PM on March 31, 2010


Wow, I can't stand Leno, but that video was really fascinating. I've never seen him that personable; he was affable, knowledgeable, understated. Did he even crack a single joke? I wish that side of his personality was more prevalent on his terrible talk show.

Person doing their job vs person doing what they love. Doesn't matter if you're a celebrity or a receptionist.
posted by davejay at 4:58 PM on March 31, 2010


Wait a minute . . . what the fuck happened to YouTube?

Yeah, I had that WTF moment earlier today. Format change, it would seem. All the stuff is there, just not where you expect.

And, way to go Craig. I love you bunches.

-One of your cheeky monkeys
posted by Splunge at 5:37 PM on March 31, 2010


Why are the Peabodies giving awards to "Modern Family"

Because it is seriously awesome.
posted by sallybrown at 5:54 PM on March 31, 2010


That seriously awesome link by sallybrown is blocked for being outside my country. First time a youtube vid has been for me. Is that normal and I've just missed it? Or a new thing? /mild panic!
posted by kanata at 6:19 PM on March 31, 2010


It was posted to youtube by "ABCNetwork." I wonder if they blocked it? Sorry about that!
posted by sallybrown at 6:42 PM on March 31, 2010


Ah, no prob. It is probably ABC's fault. Just caused a explosition of panic that now even YouTube is to be blocked on me.

And I agree. Modern Family is indeed awesome.
posted by kanata at 7:10 PM on March 31, 2010


Oh, it's definitely awesome. I just didn't realize the Peabody was like an Emmy or something.
posted by smackfu at 8:25 PM on March 31, 2010


The Peabody isn't like an Emmy -- it's not voted on by "peers" (read: people in the business who may or may not have endless political reasons for voting one way or another), but rather by a board of media scholars, who have pretty damn high standards. There are no "nominees/winners" per se; any program or series from any of the electronic media (radio, tv, and more recently the web) can submit work, and thousands do, every year. You can read about their history, mission statement, and the current board and winners' list at the official site.

It's the most prestigious award given in these communications media.
posted by tzikeh at 2:30 AM on April 1, 2010


I love Craig Ferguson. That is all.

(We tape the show on the DVR and watch it the next day -- the 'check the Tweets' jingles have been continuously cracking us up since he started doing them...)
posted by bitter-girl.com at 6:10 AM on April 1, 2010


I love that he had Wavy the Crocodile come out and announce that he had won the award. Wavy is my favorite puppet.
posted by Tesseractive at 11:19 AM on April 1, 2010


Good for him. Due to his very detailed descriptions of his time in NYC, I've learned that he lived in an apartment on the same floor of the small building that my girlfriend at that time lived in. But according to those same descriptions he was sleeping passed out in trash piles then, so that's probably why I never ran into him.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:24 PM on April 1, 2010


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