Craig Ferguson on Being Sober, Killer Ducks

Comedian talks alcoholism and Scottish gang youth
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2009 11:10 AM CDT
In an April 26, 2008 file photo Craig Ferguson performs during the Annual Dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association in Washington.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari/file)
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(Newser) Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson endured an Oliver Twist-like childhood, loves his newly earned US citizenship, and once was chased by killer ducks while he was on acid. In an interview in Time, the Scottish-born comedian dishes on:

  • Alcoholism: "The idea of having one or two drinks bores the ass out of me. If I'm going to drink, I'm going to do it to get drunk. I remember talking to someone early on after I was sober about how I suddenly felt awkward at parties. They said, 'Well, you're supposed to. Everyone feels awkward at parties.'" 

  • The Protestant and Catholic gangs of his youth: "I don't think people who are involved in sectarian violence are theologians. It was just about gang colors."
  • The danger of his unscripted conversations with guests: "It's pretty much dead set that someone is going to be embarrassed by the end of the show."
  • Those killer ducks: "I can't prove it, but it sure felt like I was being followed by them. It was one of the more bizarre and unhinged moments in my life. I got away though. They didn't get me."
(Read more Craig Ferguson stories.)