Craig Ferguson seems likes a nice enough guy. Backstage he asked for hair gel and a toothbrush. How’s that for normal? His stand-up is a bit more naughty than his TV show -OK, quite a bit more – but for the most part everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.
I was backstage talking to RandyKagan (looks nothing like his photo above) who writes for Craig and who opened the show tonight. I didn’t know if Randy wanted me to introduce him or if I needed to say anything special when I did my curtain speech. I had been chatting with him for a few minutes when the tall guy next to him said, “Hi. I’m Craig. Nice to meet you.” I had know idea. He’s like Clark Kent – he had on a pair of glasses and suddenly the celebrity is gone.
So after the show, a funny little thing happened. A photographer wanted to get a picture with Craig, Randy and me. Craig told me to stand in the middle. I did the natural thing which was to put my arms out like we were sort of in a huddle for the picture, but as I put my arm behind Craig, a wind caught his jacket (a really nice leather one by the way) and blew it out away fromhis body for a mintue. When the jacket fell back into place my hand was on the inside in a rather too familiar way. So suddenly I am trying to explain why my hand is sort of closer to his skin than it really should be and all the time the photographer is taking pictures and I am not completely sure but I think there might be a rather embarrassing photo. If so, I’ll post it and other photos from the evening when I get them.
But anyway, back to Craig being a normal guy. Before he and Randy headed off to explore the bar at the Stephen F. Austin, we chatted for a minute about our children. I have a six year old daughter, Craig has a six year old son and Randy has a five year old daughter. We shared a non-celebrity moment. For a few mintues we were just three dads talking about our kids. Then I think they left to go find some hookers… or maybe they just went for a drink… who knows? I headed home to go to bed.