Wednesday, January 7, 2009
When You're Happy For Someone You (don't) Know
Craig Ferguson got married over the holidays. Look at them - I f'ing hate shiny happy people.
Anyone who watches Craig's show knows he often admonishes his audience - "You don't know me!" - and of course we don't.
But there are public figures who cross your path in the not real world and find a spot in your heart. Isn't that part of what art is for? Connecting strangers through personal expression on a large scale.
Actually Craig is indirectly responsible for me blogging.
When I first discovered his show - Late Late Show on CBS 12:37 AM EST watch it, screw Conan - and Fallon? WTF? - he had just started. I vaguely remembered him from Drew Carey's show and didn't like him much. I was working for the Evil Empire Corporation at the time and the last thing I was in the mood for was an obnoxious Brit - I worked with them all day and had just ended a tumultuous love affair with one.
Insomnia won out and I stuck with Craig and quickly realized how brilliant he is. His monologue is pure genius. Talk about forks off a moment - he weaves in and out of subjects with astounding skill.
And he sure ain't hard to look at.
Since I live amongst people who actually sleep at night I found message boards about Craig and encountered some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Craig was unknown so the boards were small and personal and interesting. We would gush a bit but mostly we ended up off topic.
Unfortunately for message board life but so well deserved for him Craig became more popular. He wrote a book. His ratings went up. He started doing stand-up. I've seen his stand-up 7 times in 3 years. It's not stalking if you buy a ticket.
And the boards became too high school for me. Yes the guy is good looking but unless he's going to come to NJ and screw me senseless I can't discuss his looks for more than 30 seconds. And people get very possessive of celebrities and that has always made my skin crawl. His newer fans came to discuss his personal life, bash that incredibly lovely looking lady he just married and just be overall toxic asshats.
I had already been off topic on the boards more than any site master should allow so I realized blogging was a far better way of expression here on the Internet Tubes.
I "met" Craig at his book signing - he is an endearing person. He walks with his head down a bit - I have always loved that in people - it signals a human vulnerability. He looks right at you when he speaks to you - he did it over and over that night - even for some crazy bitches who really should have a restraining order tattooed on their heads. He says thank you for every kind word. He appears genuinely surprised and delighted that you like him.
His talent speaks for itself in every monologue he delivers. In every rant he spits out at his desk. In every silly skit he throws himself into.
I'm not a celebrity person. I don't visit fan sites. I don't pay much mind to gossip.
I adore talent. I love people with quick minds and sharp tongues. I have so much respect for people who spill their guts - as Craig has done many times - most notably when his Dad died, when he talked about his own struggle with alcohol and very recently when his Mom died.
I know I don't know him but I know him.
Congratulations Craig and Megan.
the photo is from jackbook.com