TV’s Craig Ferguson charmed the tough crowd at the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C. on Saturday.
Ferguson’s barbs at the New York Times for sitting out the dinner this year (“Shut the hell up, you sanctimonious whining jerks!”) were gleefully reported by other media, but the “Late Late Show” host’s remarks at the dinner were also full of the lower-key observations and word play that we’ve come to appreciate from this ex-pat Scot who clearly, unabashedly, wholeheartedly loves his adopted home.
Before he made the move from the Old Country, Ferguson noted, plenty of people suggested that he might like Canada, with its pockets of Scottish communities, a little better. Nothin’ doing, he said.
“To me, Canada is not the party. It’s the apartment above the party,” Ferguson said.
When you’re up watching TV at 12:45 in the morning, lines like that help you sleep a little better.
Here’s some highlights, courtesy of CSPAN and YouTube. (Forgive me, Brian Lamb.)