..WHO IS WILL FERRELL??


 

Age: 33

Birthday: July 16

Marital Status: Married

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Blue

Hometown: Irvine, CA

High School: University High

College: USC

 

Will in the lobby of his Manhattan apartment Building.

Photo: Kimberly Butler

Will Ferrell was born in Irvine, California about 600 years ago to aliens from a planet that is not only impossible to pronounce (we would need 4 tongues to do it), but to try to spell it out in any language on our planet would make the reader immediately burst into flame. And we don't want that, now do we?

Little is known about his humble beginnings in the mean streets of Irvine, known then as "The Land of Polyester and Perry Como."

His first big comedy gig was as a public address morning announcement reader at University High School. The readings would tend to take on a twisted edge when read by Ferrell. Friends knew that he had a craving to make people laugh and his dreams were bigger than the small town mentality of Irvine. He failed miserably in his early attempts at stand up in the country western bars of his hometown. The crowds were relentless in their heckling, saying things like,

"Yucko, stinko!",
"I can't understand one bit of your humor!"
"What's the square root of Pi?"
"If Sam left at 3:30 Central Time on a train to Pittsburgh going 30 mph and left his dog at a kennel for 4 weeks, what color is his tie?"

Unswayed and more determined than ever, Will decided it was time to leave the small town where he grew up and try his luck in the City of Angels. When that didn't work out, he ended up in the Los Angeles, where he attended college at the University of Southern California.

Somewhere in his adventures he joined the comedy / improv group The Groundlings, where he met up with new friends Ana Gasteyer and Cheri Oteri. The Groundlings had previously produced former SNL talents Lorraine Newman, Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz.

Meanwhile in New York City, SNL was going through a very rocky period. The glory days of the Carvey, Hartman & Hooks cast were gone and the new cast members (all terrific comedic actors) were having trouble picking up any kind of momentum. In the summer of 1996, producer Lorne Michaels decided it was time for a brand new look to history's longest running television show.

What Lorne found was a terrific set of people who knew live comedy theater back and forth.
One of the standouts from the very first show was Will Ferrell.

His very first sketch established him as a surprisingly zany comedic actor behind a normal facade:
He played a man whose family had invited the new neighbors on the block over for a backyard barbecue. They were getting along swimmingly in their small talk. Then the children (off camera) started climbing onto the backyard shed. Ferrell abruptly cut off the pleasant conversation to yell at the children, "GET OFF THE SHED!"
After shouting, he went back to barbecuing as if nothing had happened, leaving the neighbors slightly nervous. The kids continued to climb back on to the rage of their father who continued to shout at them. At one point he even screamed, "I AM GOING TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE! NOW, GET OFF THE SHED!!"
That line leaves us in stitches, to this day.

Will Ferrell is currently into another season as an SNL cast member, and we hope he stays for quite a while.

He has also appeared on several television programs, such as "Grace Under Fire", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Living Single" and "Strangers with Candy." WIll has also provided his voice to animated television series such as Duckman, King of the Hill and Disney's Hercules.

Make sure to check out Will in his many movie appearances as well. He's appeared in both Austin Powers movies, A Night at the Roxbury, Dick and the upcoming Superstar with fellow SNL castmate Molly Shannon.