PROGRAM PREMIERE: When my book on the Smothers Brothers came out in 2009, Craig Ferguson had me on as a guest on his CBS late-night TV venue, The Late Late Show.
I appreciated that gracious gesture a lot – years before, when I was writing for The New York Daily News,
I had identified Ferguson, one of the dozen or so personalities given on-air tryouts as possible replacements for Tom Snyder on The Late Late Show,
as the person who should be given the job, based on his tryout performances on CBS. He got the job – and though the two events, my recommendation and his hiring, may not have been even marginally connected, Ferguson always was very nice to me. So even though this is a TV column and website, here’s a shot at giving back: Starting today at 6 p.m. ET, Ferguson launches a new show. It’s an East Coast drive-time satellite radio show on SiriusXM,
presented on the service’s Comedy Greats channel, found on SiriusXM Channel 94. I don’t know what he’s going to do, or which guests he’s going to feature – but for this new hosting job, I suspect quite strongly, he’ll be very comfortably dressed.