A couple of days ago, I posted about going to a comedy club with the family for a birthday celebration. I used a clip of the very funny Craig Ferguson to illustrate my hopes and dreams for a wonderful, laugh filled night. (Sadly, those hopes and dreams were dashed because the headliner was rude to the audience and not all that funny. The opening guy was okay.) Imagine my surprise and sadness when it came out yesterday that Craig has decided to leave The Late Late Show when his contract expires in December.
Now anyone who’s been with me from the beginning knows I’m a fan of TV theme songs. When Psych finished its run a couple of weeks ago, I mourned the end of one of the few really great themes left on TV. We are now faced with losing what might actually be the last great TV theme song.
When he took over the show in 2005, Ferguson co-wrote and recorded a new theme. It helped that he had a background as a musician (he played drums for any number of Punk/Rock bands in Scotland and England). This is one of those bouncy, catchy numbers that used to precede virtually everything. It’s also kind of sly and sarcastic, which I really appreciate.
I’m not really worried about what Ferguson will do with himself. He’s just signed on to host a syndicated game show, and he’s got his own production company to keep him busy, in addition to still doing stand-up gigs on a regular basis. Not to mention the multi-million dollar bonus he got for not being chosen to succeed David Letterman (it’s called a “Prince of Wales” clause). And now that his old bandmate Peter Capaldi will be playing the Doctor, might there be a future guest shot on a certain iconic British sci-fi show? No, Craig will be fine. I just hate losing the theme.