craig ferguson boston marathon explosion Craig Ferguson 'appalled' by the Boston Marathon explosion; 'I'm not a good enough comedian to hide all that'Craig Ferguson opened his Monday night (April 15) episode of “The Late Late Show” with a heartfelt message about today’s tragic explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line.


Hey everybody, good evening. Tonight’s show is a little bit different. Obviously, the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say ‘It’s a great day for America,’ so I won’t be starting the show with that tonight.

Is anyone else sick of this s***? I seem to have to say that too often. People say to me ‘Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day.’ And I think, yes, that’s true, but I’ve never professed to be any damn good at that. And, the thing is, people want their mind taken off it. And I think, well OK, if you want your mind taken off it, you know, watch a cartoon or a video or something. I understand it, it’s perfectly acceptable. I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to not want to think about it, but I can’t not think about it.

Also, I have a personal connection with the city of Boston. I have some history there. I have family there. When I became an American citizen in 2008, I spoke at Faneuil Hall on July 4, at the invitation of Tommy Menino who is the mayor of Boston, and one of the more colorful characters in American politics … I’ve been there for the Fourth of July many times and every cop in Boston looks like I’m his brother. My first stand-up special in America, I shot it in Boston. I like that town. I’m appalled by this thing and when I watch it on these streets that I know, it’s horrifying.

If I have all this inside of me, if I have all this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I’m not a good enough comedian to hide all that from you.

Ellen DeGeneres also taped a message for the city of Boston, and comedian Patton Oswalt posted a wonderful message on Facebook in the wake of the tragedy.