Sunday, July 16, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 16

Will Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967.

Will Ferrell is Born

It was on this day that comedian, impressionist, actor, producer, and writer John William "Will" Ferrell was born in Irvine, California. Long before his days on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell was making fellow student laugh in third grade by smashing his head into the wall. In his senior year in high school, Ferrell and a friend performed comedy skits over the intercom with permission from the principal. In college, he studied sports broadcasting and interned at a local television station, but apparently hated the job and after graduating, he knew that broadcasting was not for him. It wasn’t until 1991 that with the prompting of his mother that he moved to Los Angeles to “do something he liked.” He auditioned for the comedy group The Groundlings and got the job. In 1994, a producer for SNL saw one of their shows and asked Ferrell and a few others to audition. The rest is history.