Zitat des Tages von Craig Ferguson:
When I stopped drinking, it was only because I thought if I don't stop, I'm going to die.
I don't know now if I'm funny. I just keep talking and hope that I hit something that's funny.
I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: 'Wait a minute - if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?' And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.
HD doesn't mean anything to me. It's a technical thing. It's like demographics. A lot of people know about it.
I think sometimes that people think brave means not being afraid, which of course it doesn't mean that at all. It means that you're afraid, but you move past that and do it anyway, do what you think is right.
If Scotland and America go to war, I'm afraid I've already sworn in.
If we are now holding late-night talk-show hosts to the same moral accountability as we hold politicians or clergymen, I'm out. I'm gone.
Historically, when Americans don't know what to do next, they go to Paris. Benjamin Franklin is like: 'What am I going to do now? I'll go to Paris!'
The idea of having Australians upset at me is just awful.
They were singing, Gillette, the best a man can get, with a lot of guys hugging their fathers and sailing and riding bikes. I suddenly felt a long way from the best a man could get and I thought it would be nice to get from there to the best.
Don't ever rope me in as a late-night talk show host. I don't want to be one.
I realized women and humor were linked very closely.
I think I'm just someone that just tries to get by. I'm kind of - if it was during the Second World War, I'd be a black marketeer, I think.
I wanted to be a rock star.
I don't get emails from my corporate overlords.
When I went out on tour as Bing Hitler I would hook up with Lenny and we'd get drunk together. He was always very supportive. He was a big star and a lot of what he said to me had power and impact. Apart from that, I just like him.
I'm crazy. I know I'm crazy 'cause Desmond Tutu told me, and he's very clever. He said, 'You must free yourself, be more of who you are. Be more crazy.' And I'm going to.
I'm not aware of having a creepy laugh, but apparently I do.
I am probably a pseudo-intellectual.
I come from a very critical culture. You know the Scots. They're always saying: 'Oh, no. It will never work. You'll never amount to anything. You've got to know your place in the world.'
A lot of people come to L.A. looking for something. What I came here for, I realize now, is to be okay with myself.
It's like, it's kind of like if you ever had a car and it was a bit of a clunker but you love it, that's my show. It's a bit of a clunker but I know where everything is and I like it.
Being an American is something I wanted to be for a very long time, probably since I saw the moon landing when I was a child.
I try and live my life in bite-size chunks.
I dropped out of high school when I was 16, after I had a huge argument with my English teacher over the meaning of the word 'existentialism.'
All they teach you in drama school is how to do stage fights and be a pain in rehearsals.
A friend of mine that I was in a band with started me on Kafka, which in turn led to Camus and Sartre.
I used to psych myself up before the show and now I do the complete opposite: I psych myself down. It's 12:30 at night, you don't want some guy yelling at you. You want some guy just talking to you.
I said that the only way I could have a band that would work in the format of my show is if the band were crap. So if I have a band they'd have to really suck.
I aim to please. I'm nothing if not a vaudevillian.
It's very interesting to know what people are doing while you're working on late-night television.
I used to believe, like many people who come from poor backgrounds, that it gave me an edge, but I think that's just something we have to tell ourselves to get by sometimes. I don't believe that anymore. Children of privilege can be just as talented and clever as anybody else.
There's just a feeling you get from certain things you do in life that just kind of feel pure and independent of what's actually, physically, going on.
Late night is no different than making a film, really, except that it's faster, and if you do a crap one, you can do a better one tomorrow. Writing a novel and doing stand-up - that stuff is very similar.
I don't see my show as a stepping stone to something else like some people, who get a job then have a foot out the door looking for their next job.
I proved to my own satisfaction that I am madder than I think.