Tag: Craig Ferguson

I'll be on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday night!

By Phil Plait | February 28, 2012 10:36 am

I am really ridiculously happy to announce that I’ll be a guest on the CBS TV program "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" Wednesday night February 29!

I’m a huge fan of Craig’s (see Related Posts below for articles I’ve written about his show) for a lot of reasons, mostly because he’s obviously very smart — he did a five minute bit in his opening monologue once about Copernicus — and also because he’s a friend of the geek, having had guests on like Adam Savage, Chris Hardwick, Jennifer Ouellette, and various cast members from Doctor Who. He’s also a big science nerd; he follows me on Twitter, so he clearly has exceptional taste.

So when I was asked to be on the show, I took nearly 60 nanoseconds to mull it over, and flew to LA to pre-tape this Leap Day show a couple of weeks ago.

As far as what happened on the segment… well, I won’t tell you. You’ll have to tune in and see… though I’ll note that Craig is known for his somewhat risque humor, and I’m not always the highest brow when it comes to science either. Still, I can show you this picture I took of me in the show Green Room:

Yup. I’m a dork.

The show airs on CBS at 12:35 a.m./11:35 p.m. (check your local listings blah blah blah) on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

Related Posts:

Late Late Cocktail Party Physics
Your late night talk shows. Giff dem to me.
Craig Ferguson takes on the Apollo deniers

Late Late Cocktail Party Physics

By Phil Plait | April 24, 2011 7:03 am

My pal Jennifer Ouellette, who writes the delightful blog Cocktail Party Physics, was recently interviewed at Tech Republic. As usual, she’s fun to read.

On that page they embedded the video of Jennifer when she appeared on Craig Ferguson’s TV show, which I totally forgot to do when she was on! So here’s the video of her talking about her book The Calculus Diaries:


See? Told you she was cool.

Related posts:

Diary of dangerous curves
Significant praise
Your late night talk shows: giff dem to me

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Humor, TV/Movies


By Phil Plait | November 16, 2010 9:59 pm

I love Doctor Who, and I love The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. So when Craig had a special "guest" on last night, well, here you go (very, very mildly NSFW stuff):

That made me so happy! We DVR the show and watch it the next day, so we just saw this. And Wednesday night we’ll watch the episode with the new Doctor, Matt Smith (and also nerdist and BA buddy Chris Hardwick). Squee!

And, oh, I might add to stay tuned right here for some more exciting Doctor Who stuff, coming very soon. Mwuhahaha.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Geekery, SciFi, TV/Movies

Atlantis schools Colbert

By Phil Plait | June 5, 2010 7:30 am

Oh, it’s so hard to maintain my long-standing feud with Stephen Colbert when he does stuff like this.

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I suppose I could take him to task for saying Obama is canceling the manned space program — sigh — but even with that this is still a terrific clip. And I’m over my Colbert obsession anyway. I have new sights to set… Craigy? Craig? Oh, Craiiiigggg…?

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, NASA, Politics, Space

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

Craig Ferguson takes on the Apollo deniers

By Phil Plait | November 12, 2009 8:00 am

Last week I posted about Adam and Jamie on Craig Ferguson’s TV show. I also found this little gem, where he talks about Apollo deniers. The whole thing is funny, but the space stuff starts at 3:00.

I love that guy.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Antiscience, Astronomy, Humor, NASA, Skepticism

Mythbusters on Craig Ferguson

By Phil Plait | November 3, 2009 1:30 pm

Well, not literally, though that would be really amusing.

Jamie Hyneman and My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage™ were on the always-hilarious Late Night with Craig Ferguson show a little while back, and the video is on YouTube (note: somewhat NSFW dialogue):

Did you hear what Adam mentioned roughly six minutes in? The JREF! Woohoo! Adam is great about donating stuff from Mythbusters to the JREF so we can auction it off to raise money, and that particular gift was pretty special. Rarefied, you might say.

And, thanks to Greg Fish, I can add this:


Yer darn tootin’.

[Get it? Tootin’! Hahahaha!]

Image from ROFLRazzi.


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