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Last night, Craig Ferguson opened his late-night show by movingly responding to the tragedy in Boston, exhibiting levels of compassion and honesty most entertainers charged with making the masses laugh are afraid to display.

This is five minutes worth your time, in my humble opinion:

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

    by David Harris Gershon on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:13:19 PM PDT

  •  transcription (9+ / 0-)

    for us worky folks with fire walls?

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

    by delphine on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:27:39 PM PDT

    •  Here you go: (11+ / 0-)

      Just FYI for the uninitiated: Ferguson usually begins his monologues with "It's a great day for America.

      Hey everybody, good evening.  Tonight's show is a little bit different.  Obviously the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say "It's a great day for America."  So, I won't be starting the show with that tonight.  
           Is anyone else sick of this [censored]? I seem to have to say that too often, I have to not say "It's a great day for America" for some random act of madness or terrorism or...  anyway, that's the way it is.  The trouble is, of course, by the time you get to this show, 12:30 in your region or whatever... [laughter]   "Craig, is it okay to laugh?" Yes, it's okay to laugh.  But the thing is, by the time you get to this show, you know, the media has been poring over the events of the day, and those constant analysis and speculation on the assumptions that people don't.. And I'm not here to do that.  I only know...  People say to me, "Craig your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day", and yes, that's true, but I've never professed to be any damned good at that [laughter] and... the thing is, people want their mind taken off it, and I think, well, okay, if you want your mind taken off it, you know, watch a cartoon or a video or something.  I understand it; it's perfectly acceptable. I don't think it's a terrible thing not to want to think about it, but I can't not think about it.  I can't not think about it.  The deal I made with you when I started this show was that I'll be as honest as I can be.  So I have to be honest, while we'll do the best show we can do, we'll have some laughs, we'll do what we do to a degree... but this is on my mind.  I can't pretend it's not there.  I'm not one of those people.  I'm not a valuable quality entertainer.  [laughter]
           And also, I have a personal connection with the city of Boston.  I have some history there.  I have family there.  When I became an American citizen in 2008 I spoke at Thaniel Hall on July the 4th at the invitation of Tommy Menino, who is the mayor of Boston, and one of the more colorful characters in American politics.  Who would have thought the city of Boston would rise up with an interesting and colorful politician, but it happens from time to time! [laughter]   But the city of Boston... I've been there the 4th of July many times on the Esplanade there with that big half-shell or clam shell or... I always get it wrong.   I've done that a lot.  And every cop in Boston looks like I'm his brother [laughter] You know that's true.  M first stand-up special in America I shot in Boston.  I'm used to it.  I like that town.  I'm appalled by this thing.
          And when I watch it on these streets that I know, you watch the media going over and over on this thing on the streets you know, it's horrifying.  And people say, "Oh, don't let the terrorists win", they're not [censored] winning..  It's there.  And people say, "Oh, we don't know if it's a terrorist"... Yes we do.   Whoever did that, whoever did that thing, wasn't doing it for any other reason.  I mean, clearly, they  failed at achieving the number of deaths and carnage they were trying to get.  This wasn't some brave commando that stole into some military installation and put a limpet mine on the side of a battleship and then snuck out fearing for his own life... This was some [censored, censored] that went into a public place and left something they knew was going to blow up.  That's not a soldier.  That's a terrorist.  That's not a soldier.
           So if I can't... if I have all this inside of me, if I have all this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I'm not good enough a comedian to hide that from you.  I can't hide it from you. It's there.   So we'll have our guests on tonight and I'll ask them about their lives. [laughter]   I don't know how it's going to be!  Luckily we have a couple of guys tonight who I think... We've got a show. They're intelligent, experienced clever men.   Rob Lowe and Larry King are my guests tonight.  I think we'll be alright.  Join us after the break and we'll carry on.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:06:19 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for this, The Troubz - missed it last night (8+ / 0-)

    He's a good man, that CraigyFerg.

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:29:51 PM PDT

  •  Ferguson Is a Thoughtful Man (11+ / 0-)

    I've been impressed by Ferguson since his human and humane response to Britney Spears' breakdown by refusing to make fun of her:

    He's fought hard to make himself sober and all that internal work has made him a thoughtful, thoughtful man.  I'm glad he's got a platform from which to express that.

    The way to defeat terrorism is to refuse to be terrorized.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:55:56 PM PDT

  •  i love that man (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    The Troubadour, slapshoe

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 01:07:47 PM PDT

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