Jon Hamm appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night in Fergusons’ final week as host of the show and it honestly may be my favorite talk-show interview of the year (or at least a close second after Gwendoline Christie, also on Ferguson). Hamm and Ferguson are having the best time just screwing around.
Hamm begins the segment by darting out and hugging Geoff and the Horse (around 14:50), and it only gets better after that. My favorite exchange was this one, where Hamm talks about meeting Ferguson’s replacement James Corden on a British talk show:
Hamm: The second guest was one James Corden.
Ferguson: He’s doing [this show]!
Hamm: I know! He’s going to be SO much better at it!
Ferguson: Oh, I think so.
Ferguson: I talked to him on the phone, and he was very lovely, but he said he was very scared. I said, ‘you shouldn’t be. I’ve left the bar very low for you.’
Hamm: What I told him, to sort of finish that thought, is ‘You have to understand, NO ONE will be watching.
Ferguson: No one will be watching.
Hamm: Not at all.
Ferguson: I mean, I have driven this thing into the fucking ground.
Hamm: But I said, ‘James. Rest assured that no one else in America knows who you are, so you’re already halfway home. No one’s watching and no one know who you are.
Ferguson: And he said that to me, but I said, ‘Dude. I got this job by being eighth banana on The Drew Carey Show.
That exchange starts around the 20-minute mark, but honestly, the entire interview is straight-up comedy gold.
This is exactly why we’re going to miss Ferguson: He’s the best, most laid back interviewer in late night.