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Ferguson Curses at His Audience for Getting Involved in Alan Alda's Story (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 4th 2011 6:15AM
Alan Alda, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Alan Alda appeared to be the only one on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) who was fascinated by his story of Marie Curie. We guessed that, at least based on Craig Ferguson's expression throughout, which was one of feigned interest.

But then, when Alda revealed that the guy who revitalized passion in her heart after the death of her husband was himself married, the audience gasped. Not only were they following the story, they were clearly on the edge of their seats, and now so invested in her story as to be shocked.

Alda went on to explain how this was more commonplace back then, so long as wife and mistress were of different social classes. He asked for the audience's thoughts on that, but Ferguson had enough of him and the audience. He told Alda not to encourage them and simply cursed out the audience.

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Nancy Herman

You may have seen this in the other comments, but it bears repeating. Craig does not feign interest in history; he's a huge history buff, and clearly loved Alan's story. If you spend more time watching, you'll find there's plenty of history, philosophy and science to be found in Craig's shows. One of the things he does best is weave these subjects into the show with humor. Messing with the audience is part of the fun. Favorite guest Alan Alda knows this. He and Craig were having a good time. We did too!

November 05 2011 at 1:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Feigned interest? I don't think we were watching the same show...

November 05 2011 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jess Normal

It sounds like maybe you do not watch the show very often. Craig is like a punk rock history teacher! His monologues frequently start, end, or revolve around a historical point, with his own blend of comedy thrown in. I am sure he WAS interested in Alan's story (as he is forever talking about history). He and Alan played off of each other wonderfully during the segment, and Alan seemed to be having a great time! The LLS audience is constantly teased and cussed at - all in fun. I think the Late Late Show is the only late night show that is intelligent AND hilarious AND genuine; all because of Craig Ferguson. Craig can have a good conversation with just about anyone, (and sometimes about nothing at all, but heck it's very entertaining!). Watch a few more shows and you'll see what everyone else does.

November 04 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Clearly, if you think Craig was feigning interest in Alan Alda's story, you are not a regular viewer of the show. Craig is the best late night host out there. He is witty, intelligent and hilarious. His show is the best hour on TV and is over much too soon. You should watch it.

November 04 2011 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry, I have to disagree w/you about Craig Ferguson feigning interest in Alan Alda's story about Marie Curie, and for that matter, having "had enough of him and the audience." Have you ever watched the show before? Craig regularly does entire monologues on historical topics so I'm certain he was interested, and as far as cussing at the audience, it's all in fun.

Craig offers the most intelligent, clever, silly, and good-natured show in late night. Watch a week's worth of shows; you'll see what I mean.

November 04 2011 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to @colleen_byrne's comment

I completely agree with you.
As for the author of this story, watch the show, regularly, like his fans do. And his audience (mostly). Then you can determine whether or not he was "feigning" interest. The man simply does not do that. Plain and simple.

November 04 2011 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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