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Craig Ferguson 

When: Sat., Nov. 20, 7 & 9:45 p.m. 2010
Price: $25-$45
As the 2010 late-night wars entered the nuclear winter that was Conan O’Brien’s brief departure from television, no one benefited more from the situation than Craig Ferguson. The Scottish-born, ex-drunk, ex-punk-rocker has been consistently deconstructing the “late-night talk show” genre since 2005, when he began hosting The Late Late Show on CBS. Ferguson approaches his show with the anarchic glee of a kid who knows his parents aren’t watching him. Where else can you find a robot skeleton sidekick that both wryly comments on the nature of talk-show sidekicks and offers cheap gay jokes? But beyond the Aquaman skits and puppet musical interludes, one of Ferguson’s great assets is his anecdote-heavy monologue, pulled in part from his stand-up act, that strikes a balance between pop-cultural musings and meaningful introspective comedy. Ferguson arrives in Nashville for a one-night-only pair of shows, both to be taped for an upcoming stand-up special. $25-$45.
— Lance Conzett

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