Will Ferrell does it all when he’s booked on a late night talk show. He’s comedian. He sings. And he even arrives at the studio in his own makeup. In the case of Conan on Thursday night, that makeup was tiger face-paint from a children’s birthday party. Ferrell came straight from 8 year old Justin’s birthday party, (a kid that he doesn’t even really know) to the Conan taping.
The sight gag was funny enough, but Ferrell didn’t seem to be pulling off the gimmick all that well. It was like the audience wanted a better excuse than a kid’s birthday for a comedy star sitting on a talk show couch with his face painted to look like a tiger. They would have to wait for the pay off to come later in the interview. The wait time was pretty lengthy. Will Ferrell was a three segment guest on Conan last night. He was the only talk guest scheduled and did all the interview segments until musical guest Ha Ha Tonka performed.
Despite having a band booked, it was Will Ferrell’s musical performance that stole the show on Conan. He insisted on singing The Carpenters’ “Superstar“, with no interruptions, and dedicated it to the birthday boy, 8 year old Justin. Before you get too creeped out, you can see the reason why Will was singing the song for Justin in the Team Coco clips below. Like anything he does, Ferrell put his heart and soul into singing The Carpenters 1971 hit. Of course, Conan O’Brien needed to remember…NO interruptions.
Besides talking about getting his face painted, bouncy houses and going to the birthday party of a kid he had never met before, Will Ferrell also discussed giving a commencement speech to one of this year’s college graduating classes, working as possibly California’s worst parking valet and getting revenge on his valet supervisor. One clip you should definitely watch besides the “Superstar” performance, is Will Ferrell talking about an amazing and elaborate prank he use to play in college at USC. It was so good, it became a monthly highlight at Southern Cal.
Will Ferrell stars with Amy Poehler in “The House“, the new comedy movie out nationwide on Friday, June 30th. It co-stars Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas, Jeremy Renner and Allison Tolman. The film is written by Brendan O’Brien and Andrew Jay Cohen (Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and is directed by Andrew Jay Cohen.