This weekend, the world is blessed with another movie from Will Ferrell. The Other Guys co-stars Mark Wahlberg and gives us Ferrell in his best type of role: over serious, socially unsavvy goofball.
Naturally we are all hoping that it’s closer to Old School/Anchorman than, say, Land of the Lost…but Ferrell’s track record includes many, many more hits than misses so I’ll be there expecting plenty of LOLs.
And speaking of Ferrell and LOLs, I decided that the eve of his new movie’s opening would be a great time to celebrate Ferrell’s voluminous catalog of hilarious characters, skits, and clips. So…I spent the last two hours poring through YouTube, Hulu, FunnyOrDie and other sites to come up with the following 25 videos, which I think represent a close-to-definitive list of the funniest Ferrell videos available online.
As always when I write posts like this (see past examples for Louis CK, Zach Galifianakis, Dave Chappelle, and Steve Carell/Paul Rudd) I’m sure I will leave out some good clips. Please post your amendments to this list in the comment section. You can even call me an idiot or an ass clown for forgetting your favorite Ferrell clip; I promise I won’t take it personally.
I’ll note that the videos are not posted in any particular order. They are simply posted in the order I found them. I was originally going to rank them, but after I had spent five minutes and still hadn’t come up with a choice I felt comfortable with for #1 I decided to scrap that idea.
So here they are, the 25 funniest reasons why Will Ferrell is kind of a big deal.
SNL: Celebrity Jeopardy w/ Turd Ferguson
There are a lot of Celebrity Jeopardy episodes so it’s tough to pick just one. I chose this one because a) it gave us Turd Ferguson; b) Sean Connery is in it; and c) Will Ferrell gets to wrestle with a sombrero at the end.
SNL: More Cowbell
Does this one really need any introduction? It might be the most famous, oft-quoted skit that Will Ferrell has ever been involved in. This was Ferrell at the height of his powers.
Old School: Pretty Nice Little Saturday
An underrated scene from Old School. Ferrell’s delivery of the “nice little Saturday” rant kills me every time. I could have used the “We’re going streaking!” clip too, but that would have required you seeing Ferrell’s barenaked butt cheeks…and no one wants to see that.
Old School: Dart Scene
The best scene from Old School. Sean William Scott is awesome in it, and Ferrell shows off his tremendous ability to pull off physical comedy.
Anchorman: I’m Kind of a Big Deal
Anchorman is a really, really, ridiculously funny movie, but it doesn’t work as well in clips as other Ferrell movies. It’s a movie that is much better in context and watched as a whole. That said, this clip is classic Ron Burgundy.
Ron Burgundy Auditions for ESPN
This clip isn’t even in the movie, but rather a special feature on the DVD. I love the part at the end when Burgundy puts the chair on the desk like a child and then sprints away.
SNL: Harry Caray Impression
My favorite Harry Caray impression by Will Ferrell is the episode of “Space: The Infinite Frontier” with Jeff Goldblum. That one cannot be embedded, but you can watch it here. The clip below is no slouch though. Ferrell’s Caray impression is spot-on hilarious; so much so that most Harry Caray impressions now are people impersonating Will Ferrell impersonating Caray.
Talladega Nights: Baby Jesus Prayer
The most oft-quoted scene from The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. And for good reason.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly make their demands for hosting the ESPYs
These two play off of eachother really well. This clip is from the ESPYs when Ferrell and Reilly had their run with Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. I think it’s time they made a third flick together.
Step Brothers: Job Interviews
Remember what I just said about these two playing off of eachother really well?
SNL: Goodbye Dan Marino
This video holds a special place in my heart because Dan Marino is my favorite NFL player of all-time. It also holds a special place because it’s hilarious.
SNL: Dodge Stratus
Classic. Needs no introduction. This man is a division manager!
SNL: Will Ferrell and Garth Brooks
I’ve always thought this was one of the more underrated skits by Will Ferrell. This is clearly the funniest use of the term “slacks” in the history of comedy.
SNL: Will Ferrell and Cheri O’Teri as The Cheerleaders
This is one of the characters that made Ferrell a star. And Cheri O’Teri is just a freak of nature. Together, they make what should be a pretty lame skit funny.
SNL: The Lovers
There are a few examples of “The Lovers” to choose from, but anytime you have Christopher Walken it trumps a giggling Jimmy Fallon.
SNL: Will Ferrell as George W. Bush (bonus appearance by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin)
George W. Bush is one of Ferrell’s most well-known and widely appreciated characters so obviously it had to make an appearance. I chose this one because we also get to appreciate Tina Fey’s spot-on impression of Sarah Palin.
Wedding Crashers: Chaz and his mom’s meatloaf
You know you’re funny when your short cameo in a really funny, popular movie is probably the funniest, most popular part of the movie.
Zoolander: Crazy Pills
Forgot about this, didn’t you? It’s okay, I did too. I laughed my ass off when I saw this again though. I think Ferrell’s performance in Zoolander, as ridiculous as it was, might be his best movie work ever after Anchorman. Seriously.
SNL: Sculpture Class
Best line: “Mighty Kong has awoken!”
SNL: Get Off the Shed
There’s not much too this skit, but it’s a classic example of what made Ferrell so funny early in his SNL career. Plus this one has sentimental value because it was an oft-quoted skit with a group of friends I hung out with in college.
SNL: Dale Sturtivent Talking Down to Dogs
The funniest clip from the earliest incarnation of Ron Burgundy.
SNL: Will Ferrell as James Lipton of Inside the Actors Studio
I love Ferrell’s James Lipton impression and, of course, the word scrumtrulescent.
SNL: Neil Diamond will smack you in the mouth!
Another of Ferrell’s most underrated SNL skits is his VH1 Storytellers impression of Neil Diamond. I could not find the entire skit for embedding, but did find this clip, which is the funniest part. A link to the whole skit is underneath the video.
Entire Will Ferrell as Neil Diamond skit: http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/31749/detail/
And one more short Neil Diamond clip for good measure:
Honorable Mention: Ian Tombelson
This skit does not actually feature Ferrell, just a picture of him (as I-swear-I’m-not-a-NARC Ian Tombelson). But when Ferrell and his stupid mustache flash up on the screen, it’s the funniest part of the whole skit. But since the skit is pretty funny overall, I figured it was worthy of posting.
Alright, what’d I miss? The comment section awaits a repository for more Ferrell hilarity. Lay it on us. And for more funny stuff to fill your weekend, I always recommend this site and this site. Good stuff always.