Emmy-nominated and Peabody-Award-winning comedian Craig Ferguson flew out to Canada yesterday to attend the Baniff World Media Festival, where he received the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award.
The Scotland native, 51, has now been hosting CBS’ Late Late Show for nine years. He’s been nominated for an Emmy and he won a Peabody Award for the interview he did with Bishop Desmond Tutu.
The Late Late Show is unscripted, and Craig always tears up the carefully written note cards that he’s given before an interview. “That’s just a kind of protest. It’s saying ‘I’m not going to do what your publicist told you I was going to do.’ That’s how it started as, and what it’s become is some stupid OCD thing, I suppose, but I just do it.”
Craig puts his own twist on the late night talk show stereotype, and that’s why he’s won this award.
Craig said he met Peter Ustinov about 20 years ago at a hotel in Edinburgh."Sir Peter Ustinov was in the breakfast area. I saw him and said good morning. He said, ‘Good morning. Try the bacon.’ I said OK and that was me and Sir Peter Ustinov. And here we are full circle back in the land of bacon."
Even though he’s experienced in the world of accepting awards, Craig still felt a bit of discomfort when he was told that he won.
"The idea of accepting an award makes me feel very uncomfortable. A big part of it in my head is ‘Who do you think you are? A comedy award for you? Rubbish."