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Craig Ferguson officially has the most badass mug in the history of late night

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 24th 2009 12:04PM
Craig Ferguson's rattlesnake mugThere are a lot of great traditions in the world of late night. Every host has to endure the wrath of Mother Nature's cruel comedy by letting an animal crap in their lap. Every host has to invite a nutball celebrity who is guaranteed to shoot up or snort something in the green room five seconds before their interview.

But one lesser known, some would say downright boring, tradition has gone by the wayside. Maybe that's because the choices are usually something boring. There was Johnny Carson's face mug, Conan O'Brien's Eisenhower mug and some boring old mug that's so dull, they couldn't even sell it in the gift shop to tourists who would buy a bag of puke if it had the Last Call with Carson Daly logo on it.

All of that changed when CBS' Craig Ferguson revived this grand tradition by jamming a cardiac needle of adrenaline into its heart with his mug.

Ferguson received a rather unusual gift from In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack: a rattlesnake mug from Albuquerque's National Rattlesnake Museum. The mug looks like the kind of gift Barack Obama's White House staff would buy for the British Prime Minster's family, but Ferguson absolutely fell in love with it.

He loved it so much that he officially christened it as the official Late Late Show desk mug by smashing the old one. It's a good thing Mary didn't give him a new dog or, well, I'd rather not think about it.

It might seem like a little thing, but this represents a huge step for Ferguson and his show. Ferguson's desk was just a boring, barren wasteland of varnished oak and scraps of paper. Now he has something personal and crazy that gives his show a stronger sense of style and naturalness that cements his presence on the show. It also doesn't hurt that this mug could kick the ass of any other coffee mug in the history of late night, if coffee mugs had asses.

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My son and I adore Craig and just happen to live in Albuquerque, home of the famous Rattlesnake Museum. LOVE THE MUG!!! Craig is the absolute best late night host since Johnny Carson... in fact, for us, it is a tossup. He is nothing short of brilliant. We can't wait until he moves up a spot earlier, which indeed he WILL replace Letterman. Craig has affected our sleep schedule. Every night we wait up for him to come on. We laugh so much my son gets headaches from it. Never get rid of that Mug!

April 28 2009 at 3:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's actually the "American International Rattlesnake Museum" I believe.

April 25 2009 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to work at the Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque and highly recommend anyone visiting the city to go there. It's a great educational museum with live rattlesnakes and other types of snakes. It's really wonderful and well worth the trip. I get so happy every time Craig mentions it. He is just the funniest man on TV right now.

April 25 2009 at 2:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That cup is the "frigin" bomb...as is Craig. Love the cup and him.

April 24 2009 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kimmel had a "The View" Mug for a couple of years

April 24 2009 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jean frank

He should move the photo of "vampire" Bob Barker closer to the coolest mug ever! Couldn't have been a more perfect gift from "Agent Shannon" than a gift from Craigs oft talked about rattlesnake museum.

April 24 2009 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I heart Craig. Best late night host on tv.

April 24 2009 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cool mug:)

April 24 2009 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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