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Craig Ferguson Tries to Pass Sheldon's Friend Test on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2010 6:54AM
'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson often has skits with his guests before he brings them out to chat on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on CBS), but rarely are they as ambitious as the one that preceded his episode featuring the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory.' Ferguson was on the set of the hit comedy in a scene that felt like it came from an actual episode.

In it, he was looking to join the quartet of misfits as a fifth friend, but before he could do that he'd have to pass Sheldon's (Emmy-winner Jim Parsons) rigorous test. Before they could even get that far, though, Sheldon took issue with the name of Ferguson's show. "What time is it on?" he asked.

When told it was at 12:30AM, Sheldon posed the question, "Given that AM stands for Ante Meridiem, wouldn't it more logically be called 'The Early Early Show with Craig Ferguson'?"

Ferguson passed through the trick 'Star Wars' question, but was rejected before he could elucidate on any of his amassed 'Doctor Who' knowledge. When Ferguson kept pushing to get another chance, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) chimed in: "Trust me. Let it go. This is not a test you want to pass."

Finally admitting defeat, Ferguson left, saying that he'd see them on his show in a few minutes. When Howard (Simon Helberg) didn't understand it, Sheldon explained. "It was a humorous conceit predicated on the violation of the fourth wall and I did not care for it."

Ferguson remains a largely undiscovered gem in late night, and this skit is just another showcase of his comedic brilliance. That coupled with the genius of the characters on 'The Big Bang Theory' created a must-see moment for the millions of fans of the quirky comedy, heading to Thursdays this season.

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A little bit of feedback from a fan of the blog: I know you like your TV Replay feature (I personally don't appreciate the abundance of the posts), but posting a 2-minute awkwardly-cut version of a 3-minute sketch instead of just embedding CBS's version of the sketch (which IS online, right here: http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_late_show/video/?pid=ygLOhbz5BzrQBRRlW8Gk_oAGXo2et4wm&vs=homepage&play=true ) is just shameful. Next time, save the money on securing the rights, and embed the CBS video!

September 23 2010 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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