Freed from the bonds of CBS, Craig Ferguson is significantly saltier.
The 52-year-old Scottish comedian, who is wrapping up his eight-year tenure as the host of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” performed in front of a crowd of about 900 people Friday night at the Orpheum Theatre.
He kept the crowd laughing with his hour-plus set that included rapid-fire f-bombs, (interrupted occasionally by six or so other unprintable words), R-rated jokes and physical antics that kept him jumping and flailing all over the stage.
He even twerked.
“That’s not sexy. That’s not erotic. That’s like when the dog has worms,” he said.
Ferguson bounded onto the stage with his television friend, the pantomime horse Secretariat, both performing a Scottish jig to a bagpipe soundtrack. Ferguson, dressed in a black blazer, un-tucked blue shirt and Converse shoes, also was sporting his “Movember Mustache,” which he referenced several times on stage.
He started the evening joking about Wichita’s weather, which he also had referenced earlier in the day on Twitter, posting “I am in Wichita KS and it is so cold I am going to have to cut open my fake horse and crawl inside him to survive.”
He continued the joke on stage, complaining about the frigid temperatures and referencing Wichita’s other big nature event this week.
“Welcome to the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, home of Don Johnson, Wyatt Earp and now earthquakes,” he said. “I left Los Angeles to get away from this (expletive).”
Ferguson’s opening act was Josh Robert Thompson, the comedian who voices his skeletal robot buddy Geoff Peterson on his show. His mouth was even saltier than Ferguson’s, but he warmed the crowd up with amazingly on-target voice impersonations of stars including Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson and Robert De Niro.