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Will Ferrell's Broadway Bush - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 15th 2009 11:09AM
Bush FerrellWho knew this was George W. Bush in reflection week? I must have missed the memo. But when I tuned in to watch the HBO debut of Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America, his take on President Bush since the end of this presidency, I couldn't help but recall that just a couple of days ago on Hard Ball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was going at Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer hammer and tongs as Fleischer defended his old boss.

Don't these post-mortems usually take a few years to take place? But this post isn't about politics. It's about Will Ferrell, and my thoughts are mainly about Ferrell's show, which has a certain raunchy charm, which apparently offended quite a few people when it played on Broadway. All the raunch is still in place in the HBO version, so if you're curious about Bush's little George (allegedly), check it out.

As a Broadway show turned TV special, Will Ferrell's one-man show (actually there are a couple of other characters, but they don't speak), wasn't up to the standard of a good Saturday Night Live opening sketch in my estimation. The humor is scattershot. I've always thought that Will's W was terrific, like this bit from last October when he did a cameo opposite Tina Fey's Sarah Palin.



This one-minute was better than the ninety minutes on stage. I think the problem with Ferrell on stage is simply this: editing. On film, including his great web site Funnyordie.com, the comedy can be snipped and cut to the essence. There's no flab or filler. I think the You're Welcome, America -- which has some funny spurts, like when George tells the story of the Bush men getting lost in a mine shaft on his Crawford ranch -- might have been really perfect at half the length.

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Milton

Ferrell, a commie America hating Puke, I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire!

July 18 2011 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Beast

It was okay / hit and miss. The NY Times review was spot on - this was Will Ferrell being Will Ferrell. The opening prayer was straight out of Talladega Nights. The only funny parts were completely over the top and more about exaggeration than satire (which is why sketch comedy is rarely successful if longer than 5 minutes). The monkey bit, however, was absolutely hilarious.

March 16 2009 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

TL: I'm not a member of the "hard left" ... in fact I voted for Bush in 2000. You have to be either mentally retarded or a Christian (which is a form of mental retardation in and of itself) to have seen Bush in action for 4 years and vote to give him a second term. Likewise, after 8 years of Bush destruction, it takes a very special kind of mental retardation to vote republican.

The modern "Republican Party" has nothing in common with the GOP of the 20th century. I like to call myself a "Goldwater liberal." Barry Goldwater, a/k/a "Mr. Conservative" is so far to the left of Dennis Kucinich that if he ran for office today, Goldwater would be run out of the country by the most liberal of Democrats with chants of "COMMIE!" and "PINKO!" and "LENIN!"

Barry "Mr. Conservative" Goldwater is to the left of Obama on every single issue. And Goldwater was seen as an extreme right-wing nutjob back when he was running for president. John McCain has completely disgraced Goldwater's seat in the Senate - where a great man used to sit now festerss a hot, steamy, turd.

But idiots like you, who are so blinded by ideology and too dumb to think for yourself, that you'll vote "Republican" no matter what the party stands for.

But the worst are the whores who vote republican for no other reason than they want tax cuts. They're the same type of people who voted for Hitler back in 1930s Germany. Some things are more important than lower taxes... plus, what good are lower taxes if the economy is in complete disarray and the value of the dollar is dropping by the minute?

Meanwhile, if you really love America, if you really get off on wearing that American flag pin on your lapel, if you really think America can do no wrong, if you really think America is the greatest country in the world and the beacon of freedom and liberty and democracy and happiness for all humanity, you should LOVE paying your federal income taxes! April 15th should be your favorite day of the year. You should smile as you write your check to Uncle Sam, and you should include an extra 15% "Freedom Tithing" just because you have the privilege of doing so. Paying LESS taxes to fund the greatest country in the world should be the last thing on your mind if you are, in fact, a "real" American.

You can't love something and want to stiff it at the same time. Why is there a direct correlation between the unquestioning love Republicans claim they have for America and their insistence on paying less taxes to America? People who are to greedy to share their wealth with America clearly hate America. They also hate freedom and democracy, otherwise they'd do everything they could to fund it with as much of their money as possible. Republicans should be begging to have tax rates at 80% or higher... if they really love America the way they claim they do. It should be an HONOR to pay 80% of your hard earned money to the greatest country, under God, to ensure liberty and justice for all. The Rush Limbaughs of the world should be paying ALL their money in taxes - they should take a vow of poverty and, with a huge freedom-smile, give all of their money to the U.S. Treasury - what is more patriotic than paying a 100% tax rate? Is there any greater way to show you love America? Anyone can wear a ten-cent american flag lapel pin. But only a true patriot, only a truly great American hero would volunteer 100% of his earnings to give back to God's country.

But no, Republicans bitch about being overtaxed and accuse the Democrats of hating America. Assholes. Freedom of speech does not include the freedom to be a hypocrite. The First Amendment does not go that far. Nor should it.

March 15 2009 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

That show was hilarious. The part about training monkies to fight in Iraq was just amazing, as was the entire show.

March 15 2009 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sandra

I asbolutely agree with you Michael. We were ROFL the whole show, especially that Monkey bit. Too Funny! He nailed Busquot to a "T".

March 15 2009 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

I really wanted to like this since I absolutely fucking HATE George Dubya Bush. But I just didn't find it funny. I laughed maybe three or four times... and not desperately trying to catch my breath laughing, either. I also never liked Will Ferrell's Bush impression. He doesn't look like him and he doesn't have the voice or mannerisms down at all. I thought Josh Brolin was a horrible choice to play Bush in Oliver Stone's movie "W." but Brolin absolutely nailed it.... Will Ferrell should have studied how Brolin does it. People who claim Ferrell's Bush is "terrific" need to see Josh Brolin in "W." ... they'll never compliment Ferrell again, as his impression is third rate, at best.

I wanted to like this, and it could have been hilarious. But it just fell flat and after 20 minutes I wanted it to be over. Of course, if you're going to be reminding me of GWB, you better be freakin' hilarious to overcome my autonomous response of bitterness and anger towards this idiot who singlehandedly destroyed America and its economy. After McCain lost, Bush spent his last 3 months in office doing a slash and burn on the economy so that Obama would come in facing a dreadful collapse timed to turn into a depression after he was sworn in on January 20th... so the Republicans could say the depression is "Obama's fault."

I mean, these Republicans are people who can only benefit from terrorist attacks, financial collapse, mass destruction, war and famine. Seriously, those are the only things that can put them back in power, much like how 9-11 - a terrorist attack that took place on the Republican's watch yet they never accepted any responsibility for it - was used by them to usurp power. The last thing the Republicans want is a solid economy, a lack of terrorism, and relative peace. They'd be screwed.

March 15 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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TL

wait... what's that?!? BLACK HELICOPTERS!!! The conspiracy theories are tiring... Bruce, you are an idiot and is exactly what's wrong with the (hard) left...

March 15 2009 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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