If you stay up late enough to watch shows with "Late Late" in the title, you probably know that Craig Ferguson is one of the funniest people on the planet. Ferguson did inventive and hilarious things with the staid late-night talk-show format, which featured ad-libbed monologues and a robot sidekick named Geoff.
Ferguson's been a busy man since he came to America from his native Scotland. He's acted in dozens of films and dozens of TV shows (including his weekly turn in "The Drew Carey Show"). He's won two Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Peabody and he's written a best-selling novel, a successful memoir and a couple of feature films. But back in Scotland, he got his start as a stand-up comic (unless you count his tenure as a drummer in a punk band). But while he's been doing all that, he's also been touring America doing stand-up, including sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.
He's calling his current tour "The New Deal Comedy Tour" and he's bringing it to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on Tuesday.
Details: 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $20-$50. Information: 941-953-3368, vanwezel.org.
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