It was a serious subject, but the laughs arrived when Craig Ferguson took the stage Thursday at the Shoah Foundation’s annual gala, held at Hollywood & Highland.
“What comedian doesn’t want to speak to a group that focuses on the worst atrocities known to man?” he asked with a grimace, then launched into a funny tribute to Jeffrey Katzenberg, the man of the hour, there to receive the Ambassador for Humanity Award. “Jeffrey’s worked at every studio — Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks and Vivid Entertainment. Hey, he was young and he needed the money. And he was in better shape, too,” Ferguson joked. “And he still hasn’t done Hair Club for Men.”
George Lucas, Wallis Annenberg, Jerry Bruckheimer and Shoah founder Steven Spielberg also helped raise coin for the USC-based foundation, created to film the memories of genocide survivors. Then, after Jennifer Hudson belted out a couple of songs, Spielberg honored his DreamWorks partner. But even he couldn’t help himself from making fun: “Thanks to Craig Ferguson, you are the only reason we have for staying up late in our house — unless I get lucky!”