American actor, comedian, producer, and writer
John William Ferrell (born July 16, 1967) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, where he performed from 1995 to 2002, and has subsequently starred in comedy films such as Elf (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Kicking & Screaming (2005), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Semi-Pro (2008), and Land of the Lost (2009). He founded the comedy website Funny or Die in 2007 with his writing partner Adam McKay. Other notable film roles include The Other Guys (2010), The Campaign (2012), Get Hard (2015), Holmes & Watson (2018), and the animated films Curious George (2006) and Megamind (2010).
Ferrell is considered a member of the "Frat Pack", a generation of leading Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and the 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Saturday Night Live, and three Golden Globe Award nominations for acting in The Producers (2005) and Stranger than Fiction (2006) and for producing Vice (2018). He was also named the best comedian of 2015 in the British GQ Men of the Year awards. Ferrell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 24, 2015.
Whenever someone calls me ugly I get super sad and hug them, because I know how tough life is for the visually impaired.
Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.
Facebook is like jail, you sit around and waste time, you write on walls and you get poked by people you don't know
We all know the moon isn't made out of green cheese...but if it was made out of barbeque spare ribs would you eat it?
Alcohol is like Photoshop for real life
No matter how much you screw up your life, you can fix it.
No matter how much you screw up your own life by the wrong decisions that you make, it's never too late to do the right thing and change your ways and you can teach old dogs new tricks.
If no-one comes from the future to stop doing it, then how bad of a decision can it really be?
There’s a benefit to losing, you get to learn from your mistakes.
A fashion plate, a rock star in his own mind, Megamind is more showman than deadly menace.
Sleep is so cute when it tries to compete with the internet.
Aren't we all striving to be overpaid for what we do?
I think my new iPhone 5S is broken. I pressed the home button and I'm still at work
If you ain't first, you're last!
In every circle of friends there's always that one person everyone secretly hates. Don't have one? Then it's probably you.
I hate when new parents ask who the baby looks like. It was born 15 minutes ago, it looks like a potato
I guess destiny isn't the path chosen for us, but the path we chose for ourselves.
Grief is nature’s most powerful aphrodisiac.
I have the physique a lot of people dream about having. It's my obligation to share it with the world.
It's the fastest who get paid and it's the fastest who get laid.
I look good. I mean, really good. Hey everyone! Come and see how good I look!
I just Fell Down the Stairs Holding a Guitar and Accidentally Wrote a One Direction Song
I often don't think a lot about the ramifications of anything I do.
Anyone can memorize facts and figures. The real way to learn anything is to go out and experience it. Let your curiosity lead you.
Anyone who does anything creative is always gonna want to change.
Personal philosophy: Clothing optional
Facebook: What's on your mind? ..Twitter: What's happening? Myspace: Where did everybody go?
I'm a cotton-headed ninny muggins.
I’m just a big, hairy, American winning machine!
What’s the point of being bad when there’s nothing good to stop you?
I put my pants on just like the rest of you - one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records.
Inappropriate behavior makes me laugh.
I don't know about living on an automatic pilot, but I've had times where I've decided to just test myself and my mettle, and for no good reason other than it's what life is. Even before I was acting, I had, like, one day in high school I decided to just show them my pajamas, just for no good reason.
Why not work with your friends? It's working with people you know, and you share the same sensibility.
One of the challenges you will face is finding a job in our depressed economy, ... In fact, the chances of finding a job are about as good as finding weapons of mass destruction in the Iraqi desert -- slim and none, and slim just left the building.
That's what I think works the best, and what I think makes the best comedy - something that's completely committed and more approached as an acting exercise, as opposed to being worried about whether to be funny or not. The comedy comes from the context.
I've never had a yard sale, ever, in my life. I don't know if I ever thought about stuff I would get rid of.
I think a lot of the instincts you have doing comedy are really the same for doing drama, in that it's essentially about listening. The way I approach comedy, is you have to commit to everything as if it's a dramatic role, meaning you play it straight.
But for fatherhood advice, try to look your child in the eye.... Get to know their name; that becomes important when you want something. And remember to feed them. That's about all you need.
Oftentimes, even as a little kid, I would get up before anyone else. My brother would still be sleeping, my mom would still be sleeping, so I would literally play 'Monopoly' by myself. I would play board games; I would do things by myself.
Members of the Senate and House, if they want to send troops into war, should be forced to send a family member. That would really make everyone stop and go, 'Ohhh-kaaay.'
If you're flying with your children, it's best to book them on the same flight and not on one where they have more legroom and are leaving at a different time. They could get there earlier than you, and that causes resentment. Two-year-olds can also never figure out those connecting flights. It just makes it harder, so travel as a family.
I was a strange kid in that, while most kids hate school and want to turn 18 or 21, I loved high school.
I just had some of the same journalists that panned Electric Circus at the time, they just listened to Universal Mind Control and they loved it. And then they went back to tell me that Electric Circus, if it came out at today, it would've had a different reception. One of them told me, "Hey, man. You need to bring it out again." And I said, "Hey, it's cool. It is what it is."
It doesn't really exist, this Frat Pack. We run into each other on occasions and we all like each other's films, I guess, but there isn't some big funny restaurant or bar where we all hang out. At least, if there is, they haven't invited me.
I think people don't understand that comedy is an outlet for me. Comedy allows me to get outside of myself, and exercise this thing that is still kind of scary to me.
Once a person has a child, the first question everyone asks is: "Are you going to have more children?" But it basically means: "Are you going to have more sex with your wife in the hopes of having children?
I have only been funny about seventy four per cent of the time. Yes I think that is right. Seventy-four per cent of the time.
A lot of the times you read something and you don't realize that you are going to have to do the things that you read.
I've never been a conceited person or cocky, never felt boastful, but I always had a sense of self-worth; I always had a real sense of myself.
When I first started doing sketch comedy, I promised myself that if I were ever to have any success in this business, I wouldn't hold back. Why get there and play it safe?
I built a jail in my closet and I would incarcerate my family from time to time.
I guess ultimately a lot of comedians just wanna be taken seriously.
When I was ten, I wrote an essay on what I would be when I grew up and said I would be a professional soccer player and a comedian in off season.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here.
Molly Shannon and I used to always talk about that we really felt strongly that we were comedic actors, that we weren't comedians. You just played things real and the comedy came out of the context.
A lot of people have gotten into comedy because of certain influences in their lives or events that were painful, and I really have wracked my brain to figure it out. I pretty much have had a normal childhood. Maybe it was too normal.
I live by 'Earnin' and burnin'.' Meaning, I like to make money and spend it before I even have it. That's the way I live my life.
I never put too much pressure on myself when I'm the central thing, just because I don't think I could handle it mentally. I haven't really thought about the implications of carrying a movie. It still has to be just a fun, weird thing.
Every time I do a partnership with the corporation, it's usually - I mean, it is - reflective of me and they really want who I am. They want what I've established for my brand and the respect and quality that I've established.
My wife and I always enjoy going for a jog.
You have to listen a lot, and you have to be open and ready to adjust to anything. It kind of provides a framework that you use all the time. You never really shut off that part of your brain when you're doing something. It's invaluable to have.
One of my first memories of being a kid was, 'I want to have a real job when I grow up.' And to me that meant you wear a suit and a hat and carry a briefcase and go to your job.
It's nice to be in a place where I can be a little more selective, and to be sought out for ideas that I have.
I love watching people be totally committed in a very real way to stupid situations. I find it's not so much trying to be funny, it's trying to be real in a messed up context. That's comedy to me.
Enjoy the little fun things - like taking your kids to school - before they're all grown up.
I'm able to come and do a new sound and grow even more and make greater songs because my song-making abilities have grown.
I'm really an artist of feeling. I like creating things when it feels right.
I think it just came with me evolving as a person and me understanding that it's not right to judge or to say anything derogatory about other people, especially if I don't know them.
I'm a Cancer; I'm music passionate. I like long walks on the beach.
When you look at someone like Sacha Baron Cohen, you have to really respect the boundaries he is pushing as Bruno or Borat.
You know you can be having a bad day and someone will walk by and say: 'Hey, I love you, Will.' That really cheers you up. That's a really lovely thing.
I would think beer and football go hand in hand.
I've got no dark secrets, I wasn't beaten up, my parents were kind to me and there was a low crime rate where we lived. Maybe that's where the comedy comes from, as some sort of reaction to the safe, boring suburbs.