On the October 28th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, veteran actor Michael Caine appeared to talk about his career as well as his new book, an autobiography of his nearly 60 years in show business. Sadly, Craig Ferguson did not choose to use his own Michael Caine impression during the interview.
This post is a little bit of blog editor prerogative. Although I set up the ground rules of this site, I’m also choosing to relax them in this case. My original plan was to post about books less than a year old. The book in this post is much older than that, but as a big fan of Marc Maron and his WTF podcast, I’m posting it anyway. Check out his acerbic comedy and/or writing, you just might like it.
On the September 30th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, comedian Marc Maron appeared to do his standup. This book is a simultaneously comedic and disturbing look inside the author’s mind, through his problems with substance abuse, relationship problems and the endemic narcissism of the comedian lifestyle.
On the September 27 episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, film director and author Guillermo del Toro appeared. He is known as the director of Pan’s Labrynth, the Hellboy films and the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit. His most recent book as co-author is the second book in a horror series about a vampiric virus spreading through New York.
On the September 23rd episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Craig interviewed celebrated author Jonathan Ames. His newest ebook is his short story with a neo-noir setting but in modern times and with a fictional version of himself as protagonist. This story also serves as the basis for the HBO series adaptation.
On the September 9th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, one of the guests was physician and television host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Recently he wrote the forward to a book written by his daughter, a diet and nutrition guide aimed at college freshman and their problems with the “freshman 15″ pounds.
On the September 1st episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, one of the guests was chef and talk show host Rachael Ray. Her most recent cookbook is one of 365 different recipes such that you can cook for an entire year without repeats.
On the August 31st episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Craig interviewed crime writer Laura Lippman. Her newest novel is a story of a woman who was kidnapped as a teenager and now is dealing with the repercussions of that in her adulthood. This book is also significant to the ebook world in that it was noted by the publisher as one that is selling better electronically than in paper.
On the August 11th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Betty White was one of the guests. Long before her current resurgence in popularity, she has been doing skits on the Late Late Show. Ms. White is known as a beloved character in the sitcom world including shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, up through her current show Hot in Cleveland. In fall 2010 she’ll be publishing a memoir of her six decades in show business.
On the August 10th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Craig interviewed columnist and humorist Dave Barry. His newest book is a collection of essays on the topic of fatherhood and aging, trying and failing to be a more mature person.
On the August 5th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Craig interviewed journalist and novelist Alex Dryden. His newest novel is the sequel to his debut, an updated version of the Cold War thriller genre with espionage in modern day Russia.
On the July 28th episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Craig interviewed actress and author Carrie Fisher. Fisher is well known as the iconic Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and as the author of a number of comic novels based around the Hollywood she well knows. Her newest book is a memoir of her experiences behind the scenes for the making of the Star Wars and the cultural phenomenon that it ushered in and that continues to this day.
On July 1st, comedian, reality show star and author Kathy Griffin was a guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Her most recent book is a show business memoir of her own odd career path through stand-up and sitcoms and reality TV. Her mother also has a book out that was released just this week, also a memoir from the other perspective of a show business life.
On June 29th, legendary actor, director and comedy writer Carl Reiner was a guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His most recent book is a “novellelah” (a term he coined) about a man who emails God and begins receiving replies back.
On June 21st, journalist and author William Knoedelseder was a guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His newest book is about the standup comedy scene of the 1970′s and focuses specifically on the scene around LA’s Comedy Store and the strike organized by comedians in 1979.
On June 15th, pioneering comic book writer Stan Lee appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Lee is the creator or co-creator of dozens of iconic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and many many more. His newest book is his first ever prose novel, after 50 years writing comic books.
On June 8th, John Waters – film director, author and personal favorite around EFTV headquarters – appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Amongst other topics, he discussed his new book about the people who have influenced his life and career.