By Craig Ferguson
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson can provide 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 best way he stumbles via numerous 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 discomfort of failure, Ferguson discovered convenience in medications and alcohol, addictions that finally ended in an aborted suicide try. (He forgot to do it whilst an individual provided him a pitcher of sherry.) yet his tale has a contented finishing: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up within the usa. ultimately sober, Ferguson landed a leap forward half at the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, successful that finally resulted in his position because the host of CBS's The past due overdue Show. through a long way Ferguson's maximum triumph was once his choice to develop into a U.S. citizen, a milestone he accomplished in early 2008, in advance of his command functionality for the president on the White condo Correspondents' organization Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a pink, white, and blue streak approximately every little thing our Founding Fathers feared.
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Scottish people love to dance. Only certain types of dancing, though. The kind that comes with a set of rules and instructions. We are, after all, the great engineers. Organized stamping and clapping or structured reels and skips are what Scots want—God forbid anything involving sexiness or free expression, no fluid or sensual movements, please. No squeezy buttocks pushing against groins to a salsa beat, that’s just the kind of thing that leads to people talking about their feelings. The GIs changed all that.
Pupils from dozens of schools all over Scotland, sailing aboard a shoddily refitted WWII-era British minesweeper (the SS Uganda or SS Nevasa), were to be ferried around various European ports for a couple of weeks in the interest of making them better citizens of the world. The whole thing was probably a scam by unscrupulous travel agents, but by 1975 it had become a tradition at Cumbernauld High and both my older siblings had been allowed to go. My sister sailed the murky North Sea to Leningrad and brought home matrioshka dolls and Communist Party propaganda extolling the virtues of Soviet potatoes over their meager, decadent capitalist rivals.
The Secret Service guys started to clear the room. Megan wished me luck with the speech and kissed me goodbye. I stood alone at the bar, and that’s when I first saw the president of the United States. He was, unbelievably, standing on his own in the corner, looking a little awkward. He saw me at the same time and recognized me. He smiled that big goofy smile of his and walked over, a moment in my life so surreal that it’s matched only by the time I was pursued by what I imagined to be killer ducks during a bad acid trip.