Unlike many other late-night hosts who seem in it for the long haul, Craig Ferguson made his mark for a decade on CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” and then got out before the applause died down. The Scottish comedian brings his “The New Deal” tour to the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Ferguson has had an eclectic career in show business, getting a taste of public performance for “some of the worst punk bands in the UK,” according to his website. He eventually moved on to acting, where he discovered his gift for comedy. The BBC gave him his own show, “The Ferguson Theory,” and he crossed over in the States as boss Nigel Wick on “The Drew Carey Show.” Ferguson took over “The Late Late Show” in 2004 and turned the usual format on its head by ditching preplanned monologues and interview questions, achieving the show’s highest ratings in its history.
In addition to his comedy, Ferguson has appeared in several films, including voice work on “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Brave.” He penned three films (including “I’ll Be There, which he also directed and starred in), as well as two books: his memoir, “American On Purpose,” and the novel “Between the Bridge and the River.”
Tickets are $45 to $85 (box office, Ticketmaster).
– Mark Ciemcioch