The NBC anchorman emeritus proved that the good sense of humor he always displayed in all those “Late Night with David Letterman” appearances has not been lost in retirement. Ferrell by all accounts (here’s the New York Times’ take on the perf) had a lot of fun in his Ron Burgundy guise with this “anchorman-vs.-anchorman” moment, alternately grilling and chilling with the TV icon that Burgundy quickly dubbed “T-Bo.”
All kidding aside, the eight-city “Funny or Die” tour (designed to promote his latest comedy, “Semi-Pro,” which bows this week, and the tour’s namesake FunnyOrDie.com website in which Ferrell is a partner) did boffo business as it wound through college towns in chilly Northeastern climes this month. It’s a comedy caravan that is likely to be replicated in some form in a city near you in the near future, as Variety noted earlier this week. There’s been a clamor on this coast because Ferrell and his co-stars, Zach Galifianakis, Demetri Martin and Nick Swardson, haven’t come anywhere near the 310, 323 or even the 818.
You gotta respect Ferrell for his love of the game. Instead of going for the cushy presenter slot (and swag bag) on the Oscar telecast, he spent Hollywood’s Biggest Night on the opposite end of the country, digging the company of a few thousand fans, a fellow anchorman and three loopy cohorts who got an early, career-boosting Christmas present from Ferrell this year.