Ferguson recruits Fink for head writer
Craig Ferguson is putting his stamp on “The Late Late Show,” tapping “Saturday Night Live” vet Hugh Fink to serve as head writer of the CBS skein.
Fink collaborated with David Spade for the “Hollywood Minute” segment of “SNL.” Duo, along with Pariah TV, are also working on comic news skein “Gone Hollywood,” which is in active contention for a series order from Comedy Central (Daily Variety, Sept. 7).
It’s not unusual for new latenight hosts to bring in their own comedy team. In fact, many shows start from scratch with completely new teams.
Fink will work with Ferguson and “Late Late Show” exec producer Todd Yasui to manage the skein’s staff of scribes and hone Ferguson’s nightly monologue.
Hiring of Fink comes after the exit of Mike Gibbons, who had been with the Eye latenighter for five years. Yasui said Gibbons left for a position at Ellen DeGeneres’ syndie yakker.