BATD ON Jun 30, 2009 AT 2:46 pm
Hilarious Will Ferrell established his comedic roots in Hollywood in an improv group called The Groundlings. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and is famously known for his impersonations (and was SNL’s highest paid cast member), but has done everything from films, to voicing, to cameos, to viral internet videos. Unlike most comedians, Ferrell was born to parents not in comedy; however, his father has show business roots as the keyboardist in the band, The Righteous Brothers. The 41 year old has appeared in some huge comedies (some already cult classics) since 1998, including A Night at the Roxbury, Austin Powers, Old School, Elf, Anchorman: The Story of Ron Burgundy, Kick and Screaming, Stranger than Fiction, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, Step Brothers, and, most recently, Land of the Lost. He is a member of the press created group the “Frat Pack”, who’s hilarious members include Ben Stiller, Steve Carrel, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, and Owen and Luke Wilson. Some Frat Pack movies Ferrell has appeared in include Zoolander, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Anchorman, Wedding Crashers, and Blades of Glory.
Growing up in Irvine, California, he was surprisingly, NOT the class clown, but the athlete and scholar (shocking, we know)! He did do the announcements every morning though in different voices, but is most remembered at his high school for holding the football kicker’s record to this day (so strange)! His seven year stint on Saturday Night Live is what shot him to stardom, most famously known for impersonating former US President George W. Bush, Jeopardy host Alex Trebeck, performer Robert Goulet, and night clubber Steve Butabi, which was the basis for the movie A Night at the Roxbury in which he played the same character. He has hosted the show several times since departing and has been the only cast member in the history of SNL to receive a farewell on the season finale.
His voice has been used in various shows, including the animated series, The Oblongs and Family Guy as well as the voice of The Man in the Yellow Hat in Curious George. This busy guy also co- founded the video website Funny or Die with Adam McKay (it is McKay’s daughter who play’s Pearl in the absolutely hilarious video, The Landlord). Ferrell also produced and starred in the three month Broadway Show called You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush. Ferrell is married to actress Viveca Paulin and has two children, Magnus Paulin, 5 years old and Mattias Paulin, 3.
In 2006, it was reported that Ferrell had died in a paragliding accident, which was obviously false and quickly retracted. Ferrell attributes his comedic roots to living in the “safe, boring suburbs” and talks about his love for comedic films, saying, “I’d much rather be in a comedy. In my view, comedy wins out in the long run. I’m not sure I’m a good enough actor to play real tragedy, so I bring a comic element to most things as my answer to the world’s problems. I love goofing around, but I don’t feel the need to act the clown in private – I do it at work, that’s where I exorcise my demons. Although I confess that I do sometimes put together outfits to annoy my wife.” The funnyman has already appeared in recently released Land of the Lost this year and still has another film, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, coming out in 2009. He has 7 films in the making (whew!) as well as the HBO show he writes and has a part in, The Goods: Live hard, Sell Hard. He has won many awards including MTV Awards, various Comedy Awards, and has even been nominated for an Emmy. This funnyman surely has some more laughs up his sleeve and we will be waiting to see what comedic genius he delivers next!