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SNL news...this SUCKS !!

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  1. Old School

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    Will Ferrell may be my favorite SNL cast member ever. I hate this.



    Tuesday, May 7, 2002

    Los Angeles Times

    TELEVISION

    Will's 'Strategery'

    Uh, make that strategy. Either way, Will Ferrell is leaving "SNL" and George Bush behind.

    By PAUL BROWNFIELD, Times Staff Writer

    Because the 2000 presidential campaign strayed into theater of the absurd, Will Ferrell is leaving "Saturday Night Live" known most prominently as "the guy who impersonates Bush."

    Being widely admired for your impression of a sitting president isn't a terrible fate, but after seven seasons on "SNL," the 35-year-old Ferrell segues now into a career that will presumably involve trying to become big at the movies--and in comedies, that most hit-or-miss of genres.

    Ferrell lives in the Hollywood Hills but has been keeping an apartment in New York for the purposes of his regular job. He is leaving "SNL" for reasons you might expect, including the sense that, after seven years, it is time.

    "It's kind of like dog years," he said of his career on the show, which began in 1995, when Ferrell was plucked from the L.A. sketch comedy troupe the Groundlings by "SNL" founder and executive producer Lorne Michaels.

    In leaving, Ferrell said he uses an analogy that Michaels hated hearing: He didn't want to become that guy who's already graduated from high school but still hangs out in his van in the parking lot, picking up seniors.

    Will he be the next Bill Murray or Dana Carvey? There is no predicting this, really (why did it happen for Rob Schneider but never for the late Phil Hartman?), but three upcoming at-bats may shed light on Ferrell: "Old School," to be released Sept. 27, in which Ferrell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn play thirtysomething friends who start their own fraternity next door to a college; "Elf," with Ferrell as a human being raised at the North Pole who discovers that he isn't actually an elf; and "Ron Burgundy," with Ferrell cast as a longtime local newsman suddenly saddled with a female co-anchor (think Jerry Dunphy in smaller market and circa 1976).

    If all three are made, and even one becomes a hit, the meetings that Ferrell is taking with movie people will no doubt change. "I'm in that category of, 'Oh, he's funny,' " Ferrell said of the current response he elicits from executives. It isn't hard to imagine what thought comes next: But can he open a movie?

    If talent were the sole criterion, you'd want to bet on him. As he closes out his "SNL" tenure on May 18, the show's season finale, Ferrell leaves behind a legacy worthy of all the "SNL" reruns that Comedy Central--and, soon, E! Entertainment Television--air to fill out the day.

    In addition to George W. Bush, Ferrell was Alex Trebek, the simmering, superior "Jeopardy!" host. He was Craig, Spartan Spirit cheerleader; and Marty Culp, middle school music teacher who, with wife Bobbi, performed horrific covers of pop hits that inevitably had the kids hurling garbage at the stage. He was James Lipton, the constipated-with-awe host of Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio."

    If the disparate characters had anything in common, it was that they were infused with Ferrell's ability to create comic tension between the exterior, contained self and the inner mess of a person who longed to get out.

    On "SNL," which too often settles for repertory players impersonating pop culture figures, Ferrell was less a mimic than an interpreter. And didn't many of his characters seem on the verge of nervous breakdowns?

    Sitting in a booth at Victors deli in Hollywood Friday night, Ferrell betrays a sense of eccentricity, hiding several layers of himself underneath the particular layer he was showing.

    It was hard to imagine, given all those characters, that Ferrell comes from Irvine or that he enrolled at USC with aspirations of becoming a sports information director or broadcaster.

    Ferrell ordered hot tea and said he had to get up early the next morning to go on a 20-mile run (three times around Griffith Park), part of a training regimen he and his wife, Viveca, are putting themselves through before running the Stockholm Marathon in June.

    After the run, Ferrell was getting on a plane for New York to participate in NBC's 75th anniversary celebration, a TV event broadcast Sunday night and about which Ferrell seemed a little dubious.

    In giving up his TV job, Ferrell leaves behind lots of money and characters that are owned by the show, not by the performer. To that end, Michaels has turned "SNL" into an incubator for quick-and-dirty features based on show sketches.

    The movies, produced by Michaels and backed by Paramount Pictures and NBC, are supposed to spawn the next "Wayne's World" franchise. Only this hasn't much happened.

    Ferrell has appeared in a slew of them, co-starring in 1998's "A Night at the Roxbury," which was based on two disco-hopping characters performed on the show by Ferrell and Chris Kattan.

    Yet that movie and others--including last year's "Zoolander," in which Ferrell played an evil fashion designer--have failed to move him beyond the "Oh, he's funny" perception.

    Now, Ferrell is focusing on new ideas, including "Ron Burgundy," the news anchor comedy, which Ferrell dreamed up with "SNL" writer Adam McKay.

    He and McKay want to recapture the spirit of the "Animal House" and "Caddyshack" ensemble bacchanals that featured "SNL" alumni John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray but were more than simply star vehicles.

    "Adam and I feel like comedy films are missing what those late '70s comedies had," Ferrell said.

    He knows that making a movie can be painstaking--unlike the seat-of-the-pants manner in which comedy sometimes happens on "SNL."

    He'll miss the action, the high-wire act of doing live TV, the Fridays on which he and the writers are still throwing together the Bush sketch, pending breaking news. Comedians, like presidents, have their term limits.
     
  2. boomboom

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    "Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription ... is MORE COWBELL!"
     
  3. Master Baiter

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    That was the funniest sketch. One of my all time favorites. I hate to see Will Farrell go, he is definitely one of main reasons I watch SNL.
     
  4. TheFreak

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    This sounds freaking awesome.
     
  5. Rocketman95

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    Yeah it does, TheFreak.

    This really sucks. That b*stard SamCassell is probably happy though. :)
     
  6. MadMax

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    man...that's awful news!!!


    PLEASE STAY, TRACY MORGAN!!! PLEASE STAY!!!
     
  7. Old School

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    Yes..Old School is a movie based on my life. I think you will enjoy it.


    os
     
  8. RunninRaven

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    I would be happy about this because I can't stand Will Ferrell, but it doesn't really effect me because he only pissed me off in SNL, which I stopped watching LONG ago. I do, however, find Ferrell very funny in some of the movies he has done (Austin Powers, I believe he was in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), so maybe this will be a good thing. :D
     
  9. IVFL

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    That sketch killed me, I love it when his gut is hanging out of his shirt, and the other characters are trying not to laugh, but he kept a straight face the whole time. the guy is good, I think he will do well on the big screen,

    Thats Ferrell, he's so hot right now
     
  10. DaDakota

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    More Cowbell is a classic....

    I think he will do great in movies.

    DaDakota
     
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    "Well I've been taking your speed, and wearing your vibrating heat beads and guess what....I found out I'm the Devil"
     
  13. MadMax

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    i totally forgot about that skit!!! hilarious!! thanks for the laugh!
     
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    Ferrell is definately the funniest guy on SNL right now, I'm gonna miss almost everything he does. Robert Goulet, Niel Diamond, Dubya Bush, and James Lipton are his best in my opinion. I didn't really like the cheerleaders or the singing middle school teachers skits. You know what is hilarious is the "Lova" sketches. Where him and Rachael Dratch are some weird couple that is always talking about sex.
     
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    Dude you are nuts. Will Ferrell is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!

    Why can't you stand him? :confused:
     
  16. KellyDwyer

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    No.

    No!

    NO!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
     
  17. WoodlandsBoy

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    What about when he was playing W in the campaign 2000 skit "Palm Beach" and at the end of the skit he was playn with yarn like a cat. Man that made me laugh....ROTFLMAO
     
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    I will smash your face in with a shovel if you don't get back on the bag.
     
  19. RunninRaven

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    I just never thought he was funny. He and Chris Catan formed one of the single most annoying duos in TV history in my opinion with that Night at the Roxbury ****...and there were other skits that I never liked as well that I can't really remember off the top of my head.
     
  20. KellyDwyer

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    "I'll slap you in the mouth, I'm Neil Diamond!"

    I had that sound clip as the main "screwup" sound on my laptop for a while, until the comp died in the ass. I actually had my parents convinced it was actually a clip from Diamond bootleg.
     

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