Craig Ferguson rocked the Paley Center for Media with laughter last night in New York. The self-effacing host of CBS’ The Late Late Show will perform at Radio City Music Hall this weekend, and he gave the Paley Center audience an up-close view of his career and his candid approach to late night comedy. Wearing Kermit the Frog socks in solidarity with Sesame Street, he also weighed in on Mitt Romney’s PBS debate comments.

Since no one can deliver a line quite like Ferguson, we’ve listed selected quotes on various topics that he made in reply to audience queries and questions from moderator Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times:

On Mitt Romney’s debate comments about cutting PBS funding: “How much are we going to save by getting rid of PBS, forty bucks?”

On his influences growing up: “I used to watch the Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy, so you could say I was drawn to black and white absurdism.”

On overcoming his alcoholism, [which he described in his book, American on Purpose]: “When I got sober, I experienced life on a whole new level. My career is based on resentment and alcohol, and I’m not the first.”

On his accent: “No one in the casting community in Hollywood really knows the difference between British and Scottish accents.”

On the early days of The Late Late Show: “When I auditioned, I said ‘This should be a lark.’ I thought the show would only last three weeks to one month, and I’m not the only one who thought that.”

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