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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Orpheum audience was glad to see Craig Ferguson

By Bonnie Bing

I usually see comedian Craig Ferguson late at night on my TV screen. I don’t watch long because he’s the host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show,” which is one too many Lates for me.

“You should tape it,” he told me when I asked for him to get an earlier time slot. I told him it’s just not the same as watching him late at night.

“I hear that,” he said, looking a little puzzled.

He had just finished making a full-house audience at the Orpheum Theatre laugh throughout his stand-up show Jan. 27. He was so loud and intense on stage, he seemed downright docile as he took a few minutes to talk before he left the theater.

“I really like this theater. They don’t have many like this anymore,” he said.

He had taken off his sport coat and was wearing a ball cap with an Ireland logo on it. The cap was pulled down so far he probably wasn’t recognized when he left to go back to the hotel.

I told him I recalled him saying on his television show one night that he didn’t plan his monologue. He said he just got out there with the studio audience and the camera and started talking. I asked if that was really true.

“I do just make it up as it happens,” he said.

No cue cards?

“That is so boring. That is like doing radio in a suit,” he said. And, for the first time that evening, he seemed very serious. “I just get out there and go.”

For the show, he wore a pair of light-colored casual pants, a black shirt he did not tuck in and a sport coat. All had a narrow fit. After I explained that I am the fashion writer at The Eagle, I asked if he had a favorite fashion designer. He thought for a few seconds, then he said, “Christian Louboutin.”

The famous designer of ladies shoes?

“Yes. I like how he makes a woman’s foot look.”

And he wasn’t kidding. His wife must have good taste in shoes.

I enjoyed his comments during the show when he expressed how happy he was to be in Wichita. As if he read our minds, he said he knew everyone in the audience was thinking how he probably said that wherever he was on stage.

“I am not faking it. There’s a little tiny baby in my house who cries and poos all the time. I am happy to be here!”

And when the full house gave him a standing ovation, it was clear we were happy to have him here.

A show with a twist

Members of West Wichita Women’s Network are sponsoring Divas on a Dime on Feb 21 at Newman University Dugan Conference Center, 3100 McCormick. All proceeds from the fashion show will go to Wichita Women’s Initiative Network, a non-profit organization that provides survivors of domestic abuse with educational and employment opportunities. Tickets are $25 and available online at www.wichitawin.org or by calling 316-262-3960. The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with complimentary wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. A fashion show at 7 p.m. will feature clothes from Goodwill Industries stores. I will be the commentator for the fashion show, and Greg “The Hit Man” Williams of Power 93.9 will be master of ceremonies.

The evening will include the opportunity to register for drawings for gift baskets and a cruise for two donated by Warren Travel.

Reach Bonnie Bing at 316-268-6246 or bbing@wichitaeagle.com.

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