Comedian, former late-night host visits Columbus

Craig Ferguson has been on TV. Craig Ferguson has talked about politics. He's shared his own personal story about what it means to be an immigrant, what it means to be an American.

So while these things are front and center in the collective conscience of the United States populace right now, Ferguson's “Hobo Fabulous Tour” tour doesn't speak to those things. It's not that being an immigrant isn't part of his story. It's just that it's only a part of it.

“I've said a lot of things I've wanted to say about that, now I'm saying this,” Ferguson said by phone from Scotland during a break in his current North American tour, which stops at the Davidson Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 28. “Hobo Fabulous” eschews politics for a more personal approach.

“It's not just late-night. It's all media. Politics is omnipresent. You and I are talking about it right now. So I felt like I needed an hour and a half a day where I don't think about that stuff,” Ferguson said. “Of course I have opinions. But making people laugh is my job.”

And so on this tour you'll hear more personal revelations from Ferguson than at any time in his recent career. The 56-year-old entertainer will share these anecdotes in the hopes of finding common ground with audience members of all kinds.

“This show is extremely personal and yet, in a sense, relatable to everyone. Love, sex, death, weather, traffic … it's all part of my battle against bitterness, as I try to maintain a healthy outlook despite hurtling into my dotage,” Ferguson said. “On one hand, my ears and nose are getting bigger, and I've started hating young people. But I'm also looking at my own young life from the perspective of my old life. There's a long story [in the show] about how I lost my virginity when I was 17. It wouldn't have worked until I was in my 50s. I come out looking very foolish, but I mind less looking foolish.”

Ferguson also insisted that “Hobo Fabulous” not be filmed for any network or streaming service, preferring to keep the experience solely about those sharing the time and space.

“Let's try and be 100 percent in the present, not just in life, but in particular with this show,” he said. “Let's make the night about what we're doing right now in this place.”

Toward that end, Ferguson is making the first 15 minutes or so of each performance unique to that audience.

“I'm tailoring each show for where I'm going to be, and so the first part will be wildly different each night,” Ferguson said. “In my years on the road, I've learned that audiences have collective personalities. That's what I want here, something that represents an organic occurrence.”