Why is Other Guys star Will Ferrell funny?

Why is Other Guys star Will Ferrell funny?

Why is Other Guys star Will Ferrell funny?

Previously published Slate articles made new.
Aug. 5 2010 11:38 AM

Why Is Will Ferrell Funny?

A video slide show of The Other Guys star.

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Will Ferrell is back on the big screen this week with The Other Guys, a buddy-cop comedy co-starring Mark Wahlberg. In 2007, Josh Levin gave a point-by-point dissection of Ferrell's sense of humor, using a video slide show to analyze the comedian's hit characters. The original article is reprinted below

In Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell plays a raven-tressed, crotch-grabbing figure skater named Chazz Michael Michaels. It's not a stretch for Ferrell to swaddle himself in spandex and become an "ice-devouring sex tornado." Like Anchorman's Ron Burgundy, Chazz radiates over-the-top machismo. Like Ricky Bobby of Talladega Nights, he's a down-on-his-luck sports hero. And like, well, every character Will Ferrell has ever played, he flaunts his hairy, paunchy body without a hint of shame.

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It's undeniable that Ferrell's performances hit a lot of the same notes. But look more closely at his oeuvre and you'll see a comic actor whose most prominent trait is his flexibility. Compared with someone like Vince Vaughn, a talented comedian who infuses every role with manic shtick, Ferrell's versatility is a wonder to behold.

Click here for a video slide show on the secrets of Will Ferrell's comic genius.