MAYBE it's the puppets. Or the robot-skeleton sidekick. Or the always-waiting-in-the-wings not-quite-thoroughbred version of Secretariat.
Or maybe it's just the cheeky Scottish humour.
Whatever the case, comedian and late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson (of CBS's post-Letterman Late Late Show) is very popular among Winnipeggers. Tickets for his Oct. 19 standup-comedy show at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre sold out within a couple of hours after they went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, the show's promoter, Montreal-based Just For Laughs, confirmed.
The 51-year-old Glasgow-born entertainer, who survived a misspent youth as a punk-rock drummer, first gained popularity in North America when he portrayed smug English boss Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show from 1996 to 2003. He has been host of The Late Late Show since January, 2005, and has also toured extensively as a comedian and released three standup-comedy specials, including I'm Here to Help, which debuted on Netflix in March.
A spokesman for Just For Laughs could not comment on the possibility of a second show as a result of Friday's quick sellout of the Oct. 19 event.