American on Purpose the Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot ( CD)
|The host of The Late, Late Show traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood, revealing the funny and heartwarming story of becoming an American citizen. Simultaneous. *Author: Ferguson, Craig *Subtitle: the Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot *Publication Date: 2009/09/22 *Binding Type: CD/Spoken Word *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 6.00|
From the Publisher:
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.
To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.
Comedian Craig Ferguson may have been born in Scotland, but the best part of his life began in America, as he details in this memoir of his unique immigration experience. Ferguson grew up in Glasgow, which he notes was voted the "second-worst town in the United Kingdom," and while his childhood had some memorable moments, it was rather uneventful. His Scottish adult experience, marked by alcoholism, culminated when he determined to kill himself by driving off a bridge, only to be fortuitously deterred by a friend who baited him with more booze. But everything turned around for Ferguson when he hit the shores of America in 1993. After an aborted stint as a punk rock drummer, he found success as a comedian, screenwriter, and supporting sitcom star on THE DREW CAREY SHOW. By 2008, he was the host of his own late night talk show and the guest speaker at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, where he lectured before the president and caught a glimpse of the First Lady's panties. But Ferguson's proudest achievement of 2008 was becoming an American citizen, and as he continues to entertain and enlighten with his welcome blend of intelligence and wit, America should be equally as proud of him.