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
Craig Ferguson on Being Sober, Killer Ducks
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)

(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.'" 

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  • 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.)

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