LOS ANGELES (USA TODAY) - They starred on a sitcom together. They're studio neighbors. So what's a little job sharing between friends?
Daytime game-show emcee Drew Carey and late-night talk host Craig Ferguson are pulling an
The longtime friends praise each other on the colorful Price set, where
"I think Craig is the best late-night-show host," says Carey, who makes his debut Monday as a contestant on ABC's
"And I think Drew is one of the best Price Is Right hosts," Ferguson says slyly, drawing one of many raucous laughs from Carey.
Carey, who will get things rolling that Monday night in the early hours of April 1, will feature comedy icon
"I'm just using it as an excuse to meet people. ... That's one of the great things about doing a show like that," says the comedian. He'll bring his announcer, George Gray, and the famed Price models to Ferguson's nearby studio in the
It's the look you might expect from a married couple, which their Drew Carey Show characters are, at least by the power vested in television. In a 2000 episode, Drew and his English boss,
"First gay wedding in television history, actually. Thank you," says Ferguson, although it wasn't quite. He offers feigned perspective on the union: "We have our days. But you know, he's nice, and he brings me a present every now and then. Just kind of keeps it fresh. Wears lingerie."
Carey plans to ad-lib his monologue, as Ferguson does, rather than come out with a set list of jokes. "I'm not going to burn my stand-up on his show," he says.
Ferguson nods: "Yeah, that's right. Don't throw it away."
Carey, who guest-hosted The Late Late Show a couple of times before Ferguson's tenure, has one concern: "I'm worried about Carl Reiner and Joan Jett, that I'm going to ask them such an obvious question that they've heard a million times."
Ferguson protests: "That's my signature move."
Ferguson, who brought along announcer
His favorite Price game is Plinko, "because I just like the sound of that."
The late-night host, who starts his own syndicated game show, Celebrity Name Game, in the fall, says he was prepared for the hard-charging, bear-hugging Price winners. "They come at you fast. You've got to move," he says. "You played football," he tells Carey. "You were a reserve Marine. (You) know how to deal with that kind of situation. I was scared."
Carey revels in the contestants' enthusiasm. "I love it. People go crazy. It's a big day for them. And you get to be a part of it," he says. "They've been watching since they were a kid. They watch it with their grandmother. And then they get to be on the show. It's a big deal."
Each offers the other a tip he received from the wisest of men, legendary Price host Barker and Late Late Show's executive producer, who is affectionately known as "the host whisperer."
"I'll give you the same advice Bob gave me. You've got to be yourself. Make it your own show," Carey says.
"And I'll give you the advice