2018 Bombeck workshop keynoter
Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. For a decade, he hosted CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which set all-time viewer records, earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination and the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
As the host of “Celebrity Name Game,” Ferguson was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host two years in a row (2015-2016). This year he was nominated for a third Daytime Emmy Award. Also this year, Craig launched his new SiriusXM program The Craig Ferguson Show, which is broadcast live on Comedy Greats every evening.
In 2015, he performed in his fourth original stand-up comedy special on EPIX, Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. In 2016, Craig completed The New Deal Tour, a 60-show comedy stand-up tour across North America. Ferguson has also been seen in his original History Channel show, Join or Die, which featured him and his celebrity friends debating provocative topics with history experts.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Craig got his start in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the U.K. before discovering he had a knack for comedy, which led to his own BBC television show, The Ferguson Theory.
After several stints on the English comedy circuit, Ferguson brought his act to America in 1995 to star with Betty White and Marie Osmond in the short-lived ABC comedy, Maybe This Time. After the show ended, ABC decided to add the talented Scotsman to The Drew Carey Show, where he played Drew Carey’s boss, Nigel Wick, from 1996-2003.
He has written and starred in three films, directing one of them, and has appeared in several others, including several voice-over roles for animations, such as How to Train Your Dragon and Winnie the Pooh. When he hosted the 2008 White House Correspondence Dinner, critics raved of his witty and comical deliverance speech.
He also serves on the board of the Lollipop Theater Network, which brings movies to hospitalized children facing chronic and life-threatening illnesses nationwide.