I have a new favorite TV show: Join or Die with Craig Ferguson. Ferguson is a irreverent, sometimes raunchy Scottish comedian who used to host the Late Late Show alongside his skeleton puppet sidekick Geoff. Join or Die airs Thursdays at 11 pm on the History Channel, which is your first clue that this isn’t your run of the mill late night talk show.
The premise of Join or Die, named after Ferguson’s tattoo, is that four people, a random assortment of comedians, actors, historians and scientists plus Ferguson, debate a historic question of the day. The first show asked “What Was History’s Biggest Political Blunder?” (Answer: Elliot Spitzer’s hooker indiscretions). The most recent show determined that history’s greatest “Frenemies” were Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. But the show I have liked the best so far, naturally, was the one that focused on, “What Was History’s Worst Medical Advice?” You can watch the entire episode here. (more…)