Renaissance Showman

There’s at least one upside to the ongoing Writers Guild strike: Craig Ferguson has time to hit the road. The former Drew Carey Show player, longtime comic and novelist, and now the host of CBS’ Late Late Show, has been off the air for two months. “I have a great time doing it. I miss it,” Ferguson says of his network gig. “It’s like therapy, but they pay you.” Performing live, meanwhile, is cathartic in a different vein. “You’re not constrained by time or by the censor or the sponsor worrying about you saying ass too much,” he explains. “You can cuss a little more, and you can go off on tangents. When I do standup on TV, I’m kind of a guest in your house. But when I’m doing standup in a theater, the dynamic is a little bit different. It’s like you’re a guest in my house, so I can kick back a little more.” And the Scotsman’s ultimate entertainment goal? “Whether it’s doing standup or making a film or doing a show, I just want to do work that engages me.”Ferguson kicks back at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway) tonight at 7:30. Tickets cost $35; call 816-753-8665 for information.

Craig Ferguson

Uptown Theater

Fri., Jan. 4, 2008