From the beginning, Ferguson breaks with the standard show format to warn that on this night they'll only be one guest and that subjects covered might prove too sensitive for some viewers. It was a fairly smart choice given that Stephen Fry is a fond and frequent visitor to the United States (lucky for us) but Ferguson (since 2008) is one of us... and doesn't get to fly home an ocean away. What followed is one of the smartest, fast paced, insightful and fun hours ever on a late night talker. The subjects flow effortlessly from the anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle's birth, his (Doyle's) skills as a practicing physician, drug use, religion, travel, the rise of anti-gay law in Russia, and so much more. Fry, always know as a half Jewish, out gay, atheist has rarely if ever had the moment to show his other status as one of the sharpest minds in entertainment. Not just clever... for an actor, but as always rumored... legitimately a gifted thinker. He shares many beliefs and ideas that from a less skilled source would have proved more then worthy of Ferguson's preamble caution. A great hour of television.
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