Colin Ferguson: the one where we (almost) didn’t talk food

Hello, Blog of Funny Names fans and welcome to this month’s Funny Names in Food post. It’s time to come clean: It’s getting harder to find funny food names. Despite what King Dave says, there just aren’t that many funny names (of interest, anyway) in the food world. The entertainment industry? Oh man, they’re all over. And sports? Pshaw–everywhere (especially boxing, right Dave?). Our music expert, Diddy, has found numerous funnily named individuals on Yoot Oob. (He came to BoFN because of his obsession with Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu–how can I top that?)

So. I almost pulled an amb and went on about an actor (!) in a new-found TV favorite. Sci fi fans have known about Eureka for ages as it went off-air only a few years ago. But I just recently stumbled upon it and have gone head-over-in-heels crazy in love with the show. A bit Dr. Who, it’s based more on reality (read: no aliens) and is full of suspense, romance, laughs, great special effects, twisty-turny jaw-dropping storylines, and beautiful people.

looking good, Sheriff Carter

looking good, Sheriff Carter

Hunky Sheriff Jack Carter, played by Colin Ferguson, struck me as a potential funny names candidate, so I ALMOST told you that he’s a Canadian-born actor. I almost shared that he grew up in Montreal, Hong Kong, England, and Connecticut and has Canadian, British, and American citizenship. Perhaps I might have noted that his time in Montreal gave him a good handle on that French language, so our Mr. Ferguson is bilingual. Just shy of six feet, he totally qualifies as that “tall drink of water” women tend to swoon over. (Though happily married, I still swoon over Mr. Ferguson myself.)

from Hubba. Hubba.

from Hubba. Hubba.

Had I decided to venture outside of my food world here, I’d have mentioned that Mr. Ferguson was once a member of the Montreal improv group, On the Spot. His professional acting roles include appearing in films alongside Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow, and Lyle Lovett (The Opposite of Sex) and Diane Keaton (Because I Said So). (Though I wasn’t so keen on checking out his appearance in Lake Placid 3–eek!) He also had that lead in Eureka and was guest presenter for sci-fi news show HypaSpace. (Had I told you this last bit, though, I wouldn’t have known of what I spoke as outside of Dr. Who and Eureka, I don’t know sci fi.)

In what seems a strange–albeit extremely profitable–move, Mr. Ferguson was chosen as the latest (and decidedly hottest) Maytag repairman. He’s actually quite entertaining in these commercials (watch them here–seriously, do) and I’m thrilled to have finally found a food connection for Mr. Ferguson. (Maytag=refrigerators=food. Yes?) This means I do not have to scrap all that I’ve written and hunt down that increasingly elusive funny name in food. My work here is done–phew! Enjoy Mr. Ferguson and I’m off to start hunting down next month’s name.


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About Liz

Owner of deLizious Food Communications. Projects include recipe development, editing, and formatting; food writing and editing; nutrition analysis; public speaking and cooking instruction. Past and present clients: General Mills, Green Giant Fresh, Hormel, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Pork Producers, Norwood Promotional Products, Pillsbury, Tad Ware, and Weight Watchers Publishing. Mother of two young girls.
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43 Responses to Colin Ferguson: the one where we (almost) didn’t talk food

  1. Rio says:

    I love Eureka! It got cancelled? Hmmm. Is it on Netflicks? And yes, Colin Ferguson is a heart throb.

    • Liz says:

      Hey, Rio. Found Eureka on Netflix, yes. Cancelled after five seasons a few years back. Am almost through and enjoying. Appreciate your visit!

  2. ksbeth says:

    he can sell me an appliance any day )

  3. wdydfae says:

    Aha! Diddy’s theory of Funny Name scarcity gaining a little more traction, is it? Hmm?

    [edited out the Kipling. That was kind of bleak.]

    ” (He came to BoFN because of his obsession with Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu–how can I top that?)”

    Let’s set the record straight, Liz. I slavishly copied BoFN at my place using Kyary. But I came to BoFN because you and Amb dragged me over and forced Dave to let me in.

    “a tall drink of water”
    A tall drink of water? Do you gals really say that?

    “(Maytag=refrigerators=food. Yes?)”
    Stretching it Liz. Stretching it.

    Well, I think Colin Ferguson represents the first stage of funny name depletion: the kinda-sorta maybe a little funny name. On the other hand, you range over the topics so nimbly here, who’s going to notice?

    • Liz says:

      ‘k now, Diddy. You’ve given me a lot to deal with here. I think we should call a meeting to discuss.

      Working backward: Tough call on the names that work here. Eureka also has a Niall Matter, but he did not excite me as much as did Mr. F. Just call me Jack-be-nimble and thanks for what I think (?) was a compliment.

      BoFN is all about pushing boundaries, so I am pushing the kitchen appliance confines.

      Gals might say “tall drink of water,” but I don’t so much. Seemed to fit here. Sheriffs and water have been on my mind since a recent Kerbey post:

      I don’t remember begging Dave to take you on. In fact I think I argued against it 😉

      And the Kipling went way over my head. Sorry to be so dense, but what did that have to do with the price of tea in China? Or funny names?

      Funny names are everywhere, as your Dr Seuss poem so brilliantly pointed out, but just because a person has a good name doesn’t mean he or she is worth writing about. I got really excited about this Colin guy, so he had to work. His first name IS just one letter away from an internal organ and a punctuation mark.

      • Dave says:

        I think Funny Names in Food can be a very versatile category… I think that if you can provide proof that someone eats food (or has eaten food at some point in their life), they should qualify for this category.

        Also, any funny named food items can qualify as well… particularly ones that have names: Eggs Benedict, Veal Oscar. Or just awesome terms like pumpernickel bialy! (I’m not even sure if that’s a thing, but Supermarket sweep used to talk about pumpernickel bagels and bialys). Oh, speaking of Supermarket Sweep…. how about David Ruprecht? That’s a funny-ish name, and the beady-eyed guy once ran as a Libertarian candidate for political office.

        Uh oh… I’ve fallen into a recursive loop of funny names brainstorming! Make it stop!

        The good thing is I’m teaching an MCAT class in 18 minutes. Time to get rolling!

        • Liz says:

          yes to versatile–appreciate the support, King D. I see lots of funny names in food, but I only want to write about people I’m excited about. Hadn’t realized I could delve into the world of actual food names. Opens up a whole ‘nother door. Hope your class went well. Cracking up that you teach MCAT classes and I teach boozy marshmallow classes. I’m supposed to be the more mature one, due to my age and all. Sheesh.

          • Dave says:

            Well now I’m done with my MCAT class and a 2-hour tutoring session, so I can now spend my evening preparing for boozy trivia time! Woohoo!

          • Liz says:


            (foreshadowing Wed’s food for fun post)

            You’re welcome 🙂

      • wdydfae says:

        “His first name IS just one letter away from an internal organ and a punctuation mark.”

        That one’s worth the price of admission, Liz.

      • wdydfae says:

        Kipling’s bleak poem is about reality, the gods of the Copybook Headings, kicking in against idealistic delusions.

        I was trying to stretch the allusion to cover Funny Name scarcity, hitting the recurring theme/running battle of the Blossom Dearie post, the Grinch post, and the Mary Cheeves Perky post, and now your post which continues to explore that eternal question! The idealists say there is an endless supply of funny names. The grim gods of the Copybook Headings say no.

    • Dave says:

      Haha, that theory will never gain much traction… perhaps in a small field like food writing it’s possible, but there are just too many funny names out there!!!! 🙂

      I was wondering about “a tall drink of water” and “hubba hubba.” I recently posted about people not actually saying “hubba hubba” on my Facebook page, and here is Liz doing it (but it’s writing, so I think my argument still stands… who the heck says hubba hubba in real life when they’re attracted to someone!

    • Dave says:

      Diddy…. funny names will never run out. You should see the one Mark emailed to my inbox today. It’s like the British Outerbridge Horsey… so good! In fact, I’ll forward it to you (but I think Mark calls dibs on the name, because it’s so ridiculously good)!

    • kerbey says:

      Yes, we verily swoon over tall drinks of water. And who knows? Perhaps he says his name like Colin Powell, as in the bowel area, and is that not funny? Hmm? And when he starred in an episode of “Dead Last,” he played Prince Torben of Mulravia. And that is surely hi-larious.

  4. kerbey says:

    My husband has a separate room for watching Sci-Fi, as I cannot get into it at all. But during the Eureka years, I confess to peeking in for at least a dozen episodes, for one reason and one reason only. Ferguson. Bravo for not pulling an amb and going on and on about the way he looked in his uniform, fueling certain people’s sheriff-related scenarios–or how he can hold so many dishes at once and get them so clean. Let’s also remember that the former Maytag Repairman was one Gordon Jump (Mr. Carlson on WKRP, the show with the dopest theme song this side of Love Boat), so the step from Gordon to Collin is one giant leap for mankind. BTW, Gordon named his daughter Kiva, so Kiva Jump is begging to one day be famous and be on this blog.

    Collin is always a man in uniform, isn’t he? I think Annie Lennox sang a song about that…

    • Liz says:

      you were the first person I met, Kerbey, who had actually heard of Eureka! (and I’ve met only two others since and they’re related so probably only count as one)

      I’m a food professional, so had to keep it clean. Though I’d like to see what you and amb might have to say.

      Hadn’t thought about the Maytag repairman in years, but Ferguson brings charm to the role. I followed your lead and researched my topic here and I learned that he is far more than a pretty face. His improv experience shows in Eureka as he does so much great physical comedy (always moaning and screaming when he gets zapped, etc) and his lines are delivered well as far as timing, etc. Well-traveled, intelligent, versatile actor. Pretty cool guy. So REGARDLESS of diddy’s claim that this name just might not officially qualify as funny, I couldn’t resist writing him up.

      and lol, he was a game warden in Lake Placid 3. So yes, he wears the uniforms well.

    • Dave says:

      A separate room for watching Sci Fi. That’s something I’ve never heard of. Well done… really pushing the envelope. (and for the record, I couldn’t get into sci fi much either… except for the book (but not the movie) Ender’s Game)

      And Kiva Jump totally needs to be on this blog!

    • Liz says:

      and p.s. “Dopest” is good, right?

      • kerbey says:

        Yes, and that is a legit question bc sometimes people say that movie is so gnarly and mean good, but sometimes they say that movie is so gnarly and mean bad, so it gets confusing.

  5. Arto says:

    Hmm, we have some Maytag appliance or another at the house. Gotta be careful not to break it so these handsome fellas don’t come over causing all kinds of hubba-hubba with the ladies of the house.

    Food connection? Well, you could him Col for short. Col, kind of sounds like kohl, which is cabbage in German! A-ha! Food! Flawless.

    Hmmm…I think your fridge connector was perhaps less of a stretch after all.

  6. wdydfae says:

    Based on close study of this thread, I’ve concluded that the standard response of women when seeing Colin Fergusen is, “Hubba hubba! I’d sure like to play a little ‘May tag’ with that tall drink of water!”

  7. amb says:

    This post (and this comment thread!) make me so, so happy on so many levels. Liz !!! I’ve never been prouder of you, my friend. And he’s Canadian !!! *limerence limerence limerence* (Limerence is the new swoon. It’s a thing, now. Once he’s back from the south of France EJ can tell you all about it).

    ANYWAY, now that I’m done being distracted by those cheekbones, can I just say … oh my goodness, that was fun. Thanks for letting me know what I’ve been missing around here lately, Liz!

    • Liz says:

      and the eye crinkles. You saw the eye crinkles? Limerence away. Doubly appropriate if it’s a French thing and Mr. F. speaks French.

      Needed you here for all of those “many levels,” amb. You’re always the first person I think of when I learn and actor is Canadian. And I totally wrote a “Fave TV Show You’ve Never Heard Of” post, while cloaking it (because I’m stealthy like that) as a FN in Food post. It’s all that spy training from our Argo days.

      Good to see you here. Don’t be a stranger 😉 And hope your legs haven’t completely fallen off from all the hamster wheel running and underwater paddling.

  8. Liz–I can’t believe I missed this post! I love Eureka, so much, in fact, my better half and I purchased all the DVD’s including season 3.5. . . Oh my geek glasses are steaming up.

    Loved the food segue, by the way. 🙂

    • Liz says:

      Season 3.5 ???

      • They cancelled it in the middle of what would have been season 4. So many fans protested, they called it season 3.5 and then continued on with seasons 4 and 5 before it ended. 🙂

        • Liz says:

          ah ha, well I hope I saw all of 3 with netflix. Thinking I didn’t miss anything. Except for the breakup scene with Tess and Jack which it seems I need to get a DVD for. And were there webisodes I should be looking up, too?

          Just finished season 5 last night and LOVED how it all tied together. Super high on the show right now–like it’s my most favoritest ever. Easier to relate to than Dr. Who. Though I love the dr, too.

          Glad you found this post–Eureka fans unite. Surprised it didn’t get bigger coverage. Such a smart show–visually impressive, but it had real storylines, too. Dialogue sparkled. Players were beautiful and they evolved nicely. Watched the Pilot tonight and was surprised by how different the characters look. Jo got softer throughout, Allison less glam (though she’s still foxy in the end). Wish we could chat about this in person. Lots to say 😀

          • I’m so glad you like the show. You’re right the characters change/evolved throughout the series. I thought the writer’s did a great job with it. And the special effects were marvelous for small screen production.

            It is one of my favorite all time series. I don’t know if they ever did webisodes. I’ll have to spend some time hunting and see if I can find any.

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