If you read my blog with any regularity, you know that I’m totally in the tank for Jimmy Fallon. I was a big fan of his when he hosted Late Night and have been a booster for him after he’s taken over The Tonight Show. I particularly like the games and other bits that he does with guests – the interviews themselves I can often take or leave, but I really dig the extra stuff that he does on his show. Whether is doing the history of rap with Justin Timberlake, photobombing tourists or pretending to be Neil Young, it’s all the bonus material that makes me smile the most.
Tonight will be no different, as The Tonight Show will serve as a venue for an epic drum battle between Will Ferrell and actual drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
This showdown really took off when Will Ferrell did a Reddit AMA and someone commented on the striking resemblance between Ferrell and Smith.
Always the wiseguy, Ferrell replied that they were in fact the same person and that Will Ferrell was simply one of his characters. “It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, share a resemblance to each other. A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith.” Ferrell later doubled down on this claim on Instagram:
Not to be outdone, Chad Smith issued his own video and threw down the gauntlet for a drum battle:
Ferrell accepted, on the condition that the battle could not take place until $300,000 was raised for Cancer for College. Fans stepped up, the threshold was met, and the battle was scheduled for The Tonight Show. No word on if and how cowbell will factor in. All I know is that I’ll definitely be tuning in (not much of an effort since I watch pretty much every night).
While Smith is often approached by fans asking for his autograph will praising his work in Old School or Zoolander, the duo have apparently only crossed paths once, at the premiere for the film Ladies Man. Ferrell simply told Smith that he was “very handsome” and walked away. Smith has even occasionally worn a shirt that declares that he is “not Will Ferrell” while performing:
I have no idea what the rules will be or how this is all going to shake out, but I’m willing to bet that whatever happens, it will be entertaining. Even if you don’t regularly watch The Tonight Show, if you are a Will Ferrell or Chad Smith fan, it is probably worth a look. this has the potential to be memorable.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs on NBC at 11:35 pm.