My mother insisted we start watching Craig. She records his Late, Late Show every night and now we do too. Craig is an aging wunderkind whose significant successes haven't been too noticeable. He acts, does comedy, directs, produces, writes novels and hosts all while recovering as an alcoholic. His eleven minute nightly standup introduction to the show, done without cue cards, just bullet points to keep him on track, is something of a marvel. It’s a combination of sophistication and sophmorism. Three out of five nights he’s laugh out loud funny and the other two he’s at least interesting as he riffs on a variety of subjects including his own problems (the former drinking, the ex-wives, working for CBS, his quest for US citizenship, and the requirement that he wear Speedos because he is European—Scottish). He does skits and impressions. Sean Connery is his favorite. My favorite is his Prince Charles as host of the Rather Late Programme (Prince Charles and Camilla are watching The Godfather and Camilla wonders what it would be like to wake up with a horse’s head in bed with you. The Prince answers, “One gets used to it.”) Some predict that Craig is heir to The Late Show With David Letterman when Dave decides to bag it. It would certainly be a different show. More good humored. More actual interest in the guests. Craig is a terrific interviewer. He also does interviews without benefit of notes. He sits and talks, teases, flirts, asks questions, follows up, quips wittily and has a good time. He seems to be able to bring out the best in people. Highly recommended. (I just noticed that my last six or so posts have either been about TV or the internet which is evidence of the really lousy weather we’ve had in Ashland the last three weeks).