American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an by Craig Ferguson

By Craig Ferguson

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson can provide a relocating and achingly humorous memoir of residing the yank 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 latest dancer.

To numb the ache of failure, Ferguson discovered convenience in medications and alcohol, addictions that finally resulted in an aborted suicide try. (He forgot to do it whilst an individual provided him a tumbler of sherry.) yet his tale has a cheerful finishing: good fortune at the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later because the host of CBS's Late past due Show. through a ways Ferguson's maximum triumph was once his choice to turn into a U.S. citizen, a milestone he completed in early 2008.

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a crimson, white, and blue streak approximately every thing our Founding Fathers feared.

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I think she thought I was kidding. We met Richard Wolfe, the clear-thinking MSNBC political commentator and henchman of the mighty Olbermann, who in a brief conversation assured me that Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States. This still amazes me, because at that point Obama didn’t even have the Democratic nomination. We met José Andrés, the celebrity chef, who seemed to me as if he’d been hanging around the open bar too long and was banging on in a thick Spanish accent about the wonderful world of tapas.

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. My father was only ten years old at the time and my mother was seven, but the Jerries didn’t care, they needed to flatten Glasgow because it was the military workshop of the British Empire.

She was luscious and slightly zaftig, a stunning, clever young woman, which I suspect made her a target for jealousy and contempt from the less genetically gifted. It must have been difficult and embarrassing for her, and my mother inevitably developed a hardness, a shell with which to protect herself. I think she also had to hide her brilliance in order to compensate for her looks, and that ultimately made her angry. Netta looked like Elizabeth Taylor, but Netta was tough. Their relationship was always a mystery to me.

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