On the Radar: Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson's stand-up comedy

He’s sharp and exudes a giddiness that’s contagious. Ferguson’s casual, off-the-cuff style—talking to the audience as opposed to just reciting jokes from a cue card—is both warm and a refreshing change of pace. The Scottish-born host, who first became known to millions of Americans as Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show, currently holds dual citizenship, having become a citizen of the U.S. in 2008. You can experience the funnyman and his quick wit in person next Wednesday, when Ferguson makes his debut at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Sure, he’s performing on a work night, but remember—tomorrow’s just your future yesterday. 8 p.m., Wed. March 17, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, $29.50-$69.50, rutheckerdhall.com.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendar for.  Johnny Carson was famously regarded as the man millions of people chose to go to bed with each weeknight. And as we approach two decades since Johnny took his final bow, Letterman’s ever-increasing grumpiness, Leno’s gladhanding and Conan’s shameless doofus make Carson’s special brand of class and magnetism seem like a distant memory.  But there is at least one man worth staying up for. Because the crème de la crème of late night TV hosts is—drum roll—Craig Ferguson.

There’s a good reason why his Late Late Show, which he’s helmed since 2005, set all-time viewer records during three consecutive sweeps.

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