In the Venn Diagram of life, there have been a few people who meet in the middle of comedy and professional basketball. Michael Jordan was there, unintentionally, via Space Jam. Larry Johnson and Penny Hardaway had some moments in their 90s commercials. And for a long time, no one could touch Shaquille O’Neal both on and off the court.
And then there's Blake Griffin. A former number-one draft pick who has a quiet demeanor off the court, he's slowly built his comedy chops while no one was looking. While other athletes took to the gym in the off season, Griffin took an internship at Funny or Die. That, coupled [...]
The US is set to take on Germany in the World Cup very shortly down in Brazil, and it looks like they have a secret weapon on their side: Will Ferrell. He showed up at the US fan HQ down in Brazil and gave a rousing speech in which he offered to join the team, despite not being in the best shape. He knows that you don't need to be all that athletic to play soccer as long as you're willing to bite your opponent without remorse. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Will Ferrell is going dramatic again, this time in a movie about the iconic 1973 tennis match known as "The Battle of the Sexes" between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Variety reports that the movie is called Match Maker, and it's a drama written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).
The film is based on a 2013 ESPN article about the match called The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes, written by Don Van Natta Jr. Ferrell will play Riggs, a 55-year-old retired player, who went up against King, a 29-year-old tennis champ, [...]
Radio host Sean Cannon assembled an all-star team of celebrities to record a new version of sports novelty song "The Super Bowl Shuffle" for the charity Reading Is Fundamental. The cover track features comedians Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Tom Scharpling, Kyle Kinane, and Dave Hill, and non-comedy people Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav), Honus Honus (Man Man), John Roderick (The Long Winters), pro wrestler Colt Cabana, and internet celebrity cat Lil Bub.
Listen to the new version of "Super Bowl Shuffle" below:
The Anchorman 2 marketing blitz continued this weekend, with Will Ferrell appearing in character as Ron Burgundy for both an entire North Dakota local news broadcast as well as at a Canadian curling tournament. Ferrell played it pretty straight in ND, reading actual news stories with that silky baritone alongside one of the actual anchors. He showed up wearing a kilt to the curling tournament, so he played that one a little less straight. Check that out below.
Ferrell will also be hosting SportsCenter this Thursday at 6pm on ESPN, and will presumably show up in character in a few dozen more places before the movie is actually released [...]