Craig Ferguson

America has been good to The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, so good that he took a cram course in our history and became a U.S. citizen, as the genial comic relates in American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot (Harper, $25.99). Of course there’s a long tradition of Scots immigration in this county, though usually it was to dig coal, not work on a Drew Carey sitcom (Ferguson’s big break in the ’90s). Along the way, he’s written screenplays and a well-received novel (Between the Bridge and the River). But it’s his second career as a charming TV host that’s made him a happy resident of Los Angeles and newly minted American. Tonight, he’ll talk about the bad old days of booze and drugs and comedy back in England and why he jumped the puddle to a strange new continent. BRIAN MILLER

Fri., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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