By Craig Ferguson
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson offers a relocating and achingly humorous memoir of residing the yankee dream as he trips from the suggest streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. alongside the way in which he stumbles via a number of makes an attempt to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a development employee, a bouncer, and, tragically, a contemporary dancer.
To numb the ache of failure, Ferguson chanced on convenience in medications and alcohol, addictions that finally resulted in an aborted suicide try. (He forgot to do it while a person provided him a tumbler of sherry.) yet his tale has a contented finishing: luck at the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later because the host of CBS's Late overdue Show. through a long way Ferguson's maximum triumph used to be his choice to develop into a U.S. citizen, a milestone he accomplished in early 2008.
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a pink, white, and blue streak approximately every thing our Founding Fathers feared.
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It’s a long way from where I’ve been to standing here talking to the president,” I told him. “It’s a long way from where I could’ve ended up to being the president,” he replied. “Only in America,” he chuckled. We clinked our glasses of sparkling water. “Damn straight, Mr. President,” I said. And I believe it. 2 Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor It probably began when the Germans tried to kill my parents. Every night when the weather suited their purpose, the Germans would fly over in their Heinkels and Messerschmitts and drop their bombs on Glasgow, the city where my parents grew up, just a few miles from each other.
This is not an atmosphere in which comedy usually flourishes, although having lived in Hollywood for fifteen years, I’m used to it. I should have said no because the sound system in the hotel was so awful it was impossible for anyone in the first two rows of tables to understand what was being said, Scottish accent or not. But I didn’t say no. I didn’t say no because between safety and adventure I choose adventure. Plus, I thought it would be great crack, getting to meet all these muckety-mucks, and, truthfully, as a new American I felt it would somehow be unpatriotic to refuse a chance to make a fool of myself in front of the president, who, after all, had no problem doing exactly that in front of the entire world.