Your late night talk shows. Giff dem to me.

By Phil Plait | April 5, 2010 11:30 am

I am a big fan of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and I’m also a fan, bordering on a man crush, of the Mythbusters (Kari Byron, of course, is not a man, so my crush on her is purely — OK, mostly — platonic). Adam, of course, has been relegated to My Close Personal Friend™ status, but still.

As it happens, Craig is a big Mythbusters fan as well. When he came up with the idea of having a robot skeleton sidekick, he turned to the one man who could realize his dream: Miles Dyson. I mean, Mythbuster Grant Imahara.

grantimahara_rsskGrant has been working feverishly on the auto-sidekick for weeks, and tonight it will be unveiled on the show! I’m really squeeing over this, and can’t wait to see it.

I love The Late Late Show for many reasons, but the biggest is Craig himself: he’s very funny, and extremely smart. He’s self-taught in many ways, and has had a rough life — he’ll be the first to say it was self-inflicted, but the bottom line is he’s pulled himself out of the muck and turned it all around. His humor is whip-crack fast, and he’s clearly a big fan of science, so of course I am powerless not to like him. Did you see his 5 minute rant about Copernicus (starting around the four minute mark)? I mean, seriously, Copernicus? Craig, I less-than-three you.

And as part of his Robot Skeleton Army — as he calls his Twitter followers — I am very pleased that he’s using this occasion to raise money for Lollipop Theater, a way to get movies and TV shows to sick kids. If you see the hashtag #lollipoptheater in my own tweets today, that’s why.

You can read more about Craig and Grant’s excellent adventure on NPR’s Monkey See blog (where I got the picture of Grant above) and in a great post by my friend Erin McCarthy at the Popular Mechanics site.

And check your local listings for Craig’s show tonight. It’s on CBS, and is usually at 12:35 a.m. (11:35 p.m. central) though it may be delayed by basketball. And remember: it’s a great day for America everybody.

Image credit: Grant Imahara.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Geekery, TV/Movies

Comments (12)

  1. Ted C

    You have great taste in TV programming.

  2. PG

    As if all the parties at Elton John’s house weren’t enough, Craig was also in an episode of Red Dwarf!

  3. Navneeth

    Kudos to Mr. Ferguson. I’m amazed that he managed to talk about Copernicus for five minutes on a late-night laugh-at-the-stereotype show.

  4. jcm

    I can wait to see the (killer) robot.

  5. I welcome our new robot sidekick overlords.

  6. Woof

    Welcome to SkyNet!

  7. Basketball will delay things at least in the Eastern and Central time zones. Tip off is scheduled for 9:21 Eastern. TV listings in DC have the news starting at 11:30, so figure at least a half hour delay unless you’re in the western U.S.

    Grant has been releasing photos of Geoff on the Late Late Show set on his Twitter stream @grantimahara.

  8. Allen

    Too bad Geoff won’t have the proper amount of suction.

    @Navneeth: That’s one of the reasons why I really love his show. It’s not like Leno (patooey) or Letterman where they make stale jokes getting the middle-of-the-road cheap laughs. He actually appreciates his audience and knows that they are intelligent people, and that he can talk about Flaubert , or like last week, talked to a moral philosopher and had an intelligent conversation.

  9. Way back in 2001, there was a comedy debate on Australian television in which teams argued for and against the notion that “the brain is the sexiest organ”.

    I (very) dimly recall that during the debate, reference was made to a myth that if two people stare into each others’ eyes for a given length of time (presumably blinking is allowed but not aversion of gaze) then an expression of either affection or violence will always result – put crudely, they will either kiss or punch.

    It was a comedy debate, not to be taken seriously. But if I were to meet the Mythbusters at a party, then it’s definitely something I would like to try. Preferably with Kari, who strikes me as the sort of person who would be amused by the suggestion.

    My hypothesis: the experiment would probably end in a third option – laughter.

  10. I’d try that “eye debate” thing with Grant, any day. Mmmmm…brains….

  11. Nige

    Being a fellow Scot I’m proud of Craig Ferguson, sure he may accentuate his accent a little for the American market but he goes a long way show that us Scots aren’t all kilt wearing, whiskey drinking, haggis eating, bag pipe playing stereotypes that are often seen in international media. Sure we do a little of that from time to time but not to Braveheart levels!

    Excited to see the skeleton tho, been getting regular updates about it from Grant Imahara on his Twitter.


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