When you're scraping the bottom of the barrel, you find yourself with a Will Ferrell.
One of the most successful Saturday Night Live
alumni since Adam Sandler
, Will Ferrell is a comedic
actor well known for his ability to say, do, and bear witness to the craziest things with a totally straight face, although he is certainly quite capable of hamming it up
. His popularity on SNL
(during the show's third Golden Age
when Lorne Michaels
once again had to save his show from cancellation following the harsh criticism and low ratings of the show's 20th season by firing long-standing/poorly-performing cast members, keeping in the stand-out performers, and hiring some new blood — both on and off-set) ensured that he would become a box-office juggernaut in the world of funny movies. He is also part of the Frat Pack
, his recurring characters include Baron Nocturna from "Goth Talk," Frank Henderson (a dad who threatens his kids with horrible punishments if they don't get off his shed), Jacob Silj (a man who has No Indoor Voice
due to a medical condition), Gene Frenkle (Blue Oyster Cult's cowbell player), Terrence Maddox (a drifter who poses nude for art classes), Roger Klavin (one half of The Luvahs), Marty Culp (one half of the singing Culp couple), and Steve Butabi (one half of the Roxbury Brothers). His most memorable celebrity impressions include Alex Trebek, Harry Caray, James Lipton, George W. Bush
(which, sadly, he didn't get to play for all eight years of Bush, Jr.'s administrationnote
), Kenneth Star, Neil Diamond, Robert Goulet, and Janet Reno.
Tropes exhibited by Will Ferrell: