Behind the scenes of the never-aired 'hip-hop puppet show.' From Kanye West
and the producers of Crank Yankers
. (Via the AV Club.)
After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?!
That's right. The Late Late Show
's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer
-- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences
(including the iconic animal puppets
by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance"
by Irene Cara, "On the Floor"
by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka"
by Shakira, "Men in Black"
by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant"
by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
by Wham!, "It's Raining Men"
by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)"
by Tino Rossi.
Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious
-- he responded to Arthur's "homáge
" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
After David Letterman signs off and the Worldwide Pants production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Scot making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of puppets (and a couple of scantily-costumed stagehands). Now on YouTube for your viewing pleasure, the complete collection of Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show
musical numbers: "Say Hey (I Love You)"
by Michael Franti and Spearhead - "White Lines"
by Duran Duran - "Wonderful Night"
by Fatboy Slim - "Istanbul"
by They Might Be Giants - "Oops!...I Did It Again"
by Britney Spears - "MMMBop"
by Hanson - "In the Navy"
by Village People - "Fireball"
by Don Spencer - "I'm Yours"
by Jason Mraz - "The Lonely Goatherd"
from The Sound of Music
- "She Taught Me How To Yodel"
by Frank Ifield - "Fire"
by The Prodigy - "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" [more inside]