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Concert Review

Monday, 25 April, 2011 12:03 PM

Craig Ferguson puts on a hilarious show at Caesars Windsor

Photo credit: Roger Lauzon / Caesars Windsor

Craig Ferguson kicked off his spring 2011 comedy tour at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

   

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WINDSOR, Ont. -- Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson came to Caesars Windsor on Holy Saturday, one day before Easter Sunday. It was one of those shows that kept you on the edge of your seat to see what he was going to say next. Ferguson said that this show was the kickoff for his spring comedy tour. It had to be one of his largest audiences ever because almost every seat was filled in the 5,000-seat Colosseum.

The stage was set with beautiful red and black drapes hanging vertically from the ceiling. Blue lights accented the stage. The show started promptly at 9 p.m. after everyone took his or her seats.

Los Angeles comedian Randy Kagan, who is originally from Scottsdale, Ariz., opened the show. He was on stage for about 30 minutes before Ferguson came on at approximately 9:30 p.m.

“Canada was hip to Craig first, that’s why he keeps coming here,” Kagan said to the crowd. “This is the beginning of this year’s tour. I think we’re going to be in Canada a lot this year.”

Ferguson’s entrance was very dramatic. It began with music playing and then a green toy chest was pushed onto the stage. Puppets Wavy Rancheros (an alligator/crocodile) and Sid (a white rabbit) appeared from the toy chest and started singing a song. I originally thought that Craig Ferguson was also going to pop out of the toy chest, but he didn’t.

After the song ended, Craig Ferguson walked onto stage and told his first joke, “It’s a Great Day for Canada, Everybody!”

He thanked everyone coming and said: “Wow, it’s fantastic. You can’t say not this f***ing dump again. I have a baby in the house. This entire thing is a construct so I can get one night in a hotel room.”

Ferguson started out with some Drew Carey jokes and noted that The Price is Right host has lost a lot of weight. “Fat is where comedy is stored, joke containers,” Ferguson joked.

The comedian also discussed his new baby, experimenting with drugs, massage parlors, Coco Chanel, shark week and how he hates to read the tabloids. Several times during the show, he used his catchphrase “CBS Cares.”

In previous years, Ferguson made stops in the Detroit area at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, a venue with a seating capacity of 1,700. His show at Caesars Windsor had to be one of his largest audiences ever because it appeared that all of the 5,000 seats were filled.

A few similarities and differences from his late-night talk show

I attended a taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday, March 30. Like many people, the reason I got in was because I couldn’t get into The Price is Right. Anyways, the comedy show and the late-night talk show are similar because both have a warm-up comedian and both last about an hour. In addition, both featured characters such as the puppets and Brad Laise (the short green guy with a belly).

The late-night talk show is taped at CBS Television City in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. He tapes Monday through Thursday with two shows on Thursday (the second is to be aired on Friday night). That gives him time to do comedy shows like the one at Caesars over the weekend before he has to return to L.A.

Although Craig Ferguson is very funny and you should definitely buy a ticket to the next show in your area, I think he needs to work on his audience participation. This goes for his late-night talk show and for his comedy tour. I’ve noticed that Ferguson comes out, does this thing and then leaves the stage without interacting with the audience in any way.

I have been to other comedy shows such as Regis Philbin, who will engage the audience and bring them onto the stage or even allow audience members to raise their hand if they have a question. Ferguson does not do any of that. I think that he would be a better comedian if he added some interaction to his shows.

As for the differences between the two, Ferguson normally tells timely jokes during his Late Late Show monologue. During the comedy show, most of the jokes are timeless, in that they can be told at any time. They never get old.

Secondly, there were no appearances by Geoff Peterson (the robot skeleton sidekick) or Secretariat (a pantomime horse) during the comedy show. I figured that it would be hard to fly the robot across the country, but I think it would be cool to hear the doorbell and have the horse come across the stage a few times.

Go see Craig Ferguson at one of his upcoming comedy shows this spring and summer. You'll love it. He’ll be making stops in Charlotte, Austin, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Seattle, Atlantic City, Hammond (Ind.), Boston and Prior Lake (MN). For residents of Canada, Ferguson will be in Richmond (BC), Coquitlam (BC), Toronto and Montreal.

Some of the upcoming shows at Caesars Windsor include The Oak Ridge Boys on April 30, Jon Secada on May 5, Darius Rucker on May 6, George Lopez on May 14 and Chicago on May 15. For the full listing, visit www.caesarswindsor.com.

Related Story: Craig Ferguson performs a comedy show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre

 

Photo credit: Roger Lauzon / Caesars Windsor

Actor Brad Laise, puppets Wavy Rancheros and Sid along with another gentleman performed the opening skit before Craig Ferguson took the stage.

 

Photo credit: Roger Lauzon / Caesars Windsor

Ferguson described his experience diving with the sharks as part of The Discovery Channel's Shark Week: "So I went in and it was amazing, they're so gentle."

 

Photo credit: Roger Lauzon / Caesars Windsor

"I didn't experiment with drugs, I f***ing took them," Ferguson jokes.

 

Photo credit: Roger Lauzon / Caesars Windsor

He also discussed how there are a lot of people are waiting to be discovered in Hollywood. "I'm on TV, how hard can it be?"

 

Photo credit: Roger Lauzon / Caesars Windsor

Ferguson got serious for a minute when he said it's hard to tell jokes without offending someone. "Everyone is so touchy," he admitted.

 

 

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