By Ane Howard for Hollywood Today
MONTREAL (RUSHPRNEWS) 7/20/08 – If there was ever any question about Craig Fergusonâ€™s true alliance, all was laid to rest at Friday’s night gala performance of the 26th installment of Montrealâ€™s Just For Laughs Festival, known as the biggest two-week comedy show in the world. One reason why itâ€™s bits like Fergusonâ€™s over-the-top hymn of love to Sean Connery and all things Sean, i.e. Scotland, on live television, quenched the thirst of the most inquiring mind.
Then there was Fergusonâ€™s dismissal of Daniel Craig, as an over waxed â€œgay dolphin,â€ who could never compete with the unapologetic masculinity of Sean, and his boreal forest of chest hair, and Fergusonâ€™s sudden display of a heart stopping red bra.
Bob Arnoâ€™s virtuoso performance was also a heart thumper. With a switch from crime to comedy, â€œpickpocketâ€ Arno has gone straight but, be forewarned, heâ€™s nobodyâ€™s straight man. He delivered a hilarious routine that left the audience running for cover, and double-checking its pockets.
Elvira Kurt never slept with Ferguson, despite his buoyant assertion, as he brought her on stage. She came out dressed, as she put it as â€œa tiny gay businessman.â€ She gave a scathing dissection of relationships and how when they reach that point when neither party knows enough to leave one alone.
Craig Robinson of â€˜The Officeâ€ fame, on keyboard and on cue, seems to exemplify this tendency, by parlaying a single line â€œtake your panties off, into a riotous session of audience participation. As Robinson told Hollywood Today, â€œThe Office made all of this possible. I was here ten years ago and now, Iâ€™m playing to sold out crowd. TV does wonders,â€ he concludes.
Enough about fame because more importantly, thereâ€™s â€œsomething wrongâ€ with Bruce Bruceâ€™s butt, as the double named comedian shared with the audience. This was in no way the doing of Craig Ferguson, but rather, the outcome of a â€œrubber glovedâ€ session with a doctor who single-handedly crushed Bruceâ€™s slack jaw expectation, that his prostate could be accessed through his mouth.
Back to Scotland with Craig Hill, a whirling dervish Scott in a â€œkilt de Queer,â€ madly lip-synching Madonna that brought â€œsexy backâ€.
Wrapping up the evening, Ferguson, who has been able to beat late night time slot opponent Conan Oâ€™Brien for stretches, commandeered a Busby and Berkeley extravaganza complete with â€œDrinking in the Rainâ€, bagpipers moving down the aisles, the Loch Ness Monster waving the national color, Fergusonâ€™s personal rendition of â€˜Fuck all the Englishâ€ to the tune of â€œWe are the champions.â€ Sheer insanity, sheer fun.
The Montreal fest, billed as the largest of its kind, ran June 27 to July 20.
Craig, wear a dress if youâ€™d like. After all, youâ€™re in Canada now.
Â Donald McGrath contributed to this report.