The 25 Funniest Reasons Why Will Ferrell is Kind of a Big Deal

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.

will-ferrellAs 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:

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.

About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.


  1. You're big chance to get famous via digg and someone with actual talent and you call him a "gooball" – FAIL

    • Well, you took care of one part of my comment. Don't throw stones if you live in a glass house, or however that saying goes.

      Secondly, I hardly think this is MSF's "big change to get famous via digg…" We've done pretty well there:”” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>

      Thirdly, your big chance to laugh and enjoy someone with actual talent and all you can focus on is one left out "f". Talk about not being able to see the forest for the trees. I try hard to make sure all typos are caught before posts get published, but I'm far from perfect. Still, we're about 99% accurate, which I'm okay with. I do appreciate you pointing it out though and it has since been changed. My only advice would be for you to lighten up a bit and just enjoy the videos. The purpose of the post was to celebrate Will Ferrell (who, I don't think it can be argued, plays goofball roles to perfection) not serve as a shrine to my grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills.

      Thanks for visiting though, and do come again. But I'll warn you: there just might be a typo in the next post you see here. I hope that's okay.

  2. dammit previous superwitty comment would have worked much better if I had used 'your' instead of 'you're' – FAIL ME!

  3. Will Fan says:

    You left off Will's best sketch ever.

    It was considered a little too racy – and has subsequently been taken out of re-runs of this episode. But it is downright hilarious from start to finish

  4. Anyone else want a snowcone?

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  5. I really like the clip of Will Ferrell as Mustafa in Austin Powers when he drives off the cliff. Or when he gets very badly burned.

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