Tuesday, November 10, 2009
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
I was a child who grew up listening to my father laugh at late-night TV, and back then, the King of Late Night was Johnny Carson. As I lay in bed, hearing my father’s chuckles, I couldn’t wait to be old enough to stay up and to see what was so funny for myself. As I got older, Johnny gave way to an up and coming smart-ass named David Letterman, and my boyfriend (now husband) and I howled at his jokes and antics.
But these days, my late-night heart has been captured by a funny Scotsman-turned-American named Craig Ferguson. There’s just something about that accent! So I was thrilled to learn Ferguson had written a new book, “American On Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot,” a memoir of his life up till now.
Telling the story of his extraordinary adventures through life, Ferguson takes his readers from the rough streets of his childhood in Glasgow, Scotland, to his outrageous range of jobs from punk musician to bar bouncer to construction worker – all on his way to making his dream come true of becoming a comedian.
Ferguson doesn’t hold back anything as he shares his life. He relates his struggle with alcoholism and drugs, his many failed relationships, and his struggles to break into the Hollywood acting community. He certainly paid his dues, over and over again, and but always seem to be able to bounce back and try again. Finally achieving sobriety and landing a part on “The Drew Carey Show” was the chance he needed, and it was through this that he was asked to audition to be the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, a role he shines in today.
One reoccurring theme throughout Ferguson’s life was his love of America and his desire to live here.
“America gave me everything I have today,” he writes. “It gave me a second chance at life.”
He also says “I am the child of two parents and two countries. My mother put the blue in my eyes and my father gave me grit. Scotland made me what I am, and America let me be it.”
Ferguson became an American citizen in January, 2008, and his book is testimony to his love of his new country and his pride in being the kilt-wearing, flag waving patriot that he is today.