Will Ferrell & Chad Smith's 'Tonight Show' Drum-Off Is the Stuff Of Doppelganger Dreams
It’s happening. It’s finally happening. Celebrity twins/doppelgängers/separated at birth brothers Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith are facing off in a charity drum battle. After years of being told they were the same person, Ferrell and Smith decided to set the record straight by not only appearing in the same room at the same time together, but they also want to settle who is the better drummer. The two will appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 22 for a drum battle to end all drum battles. Or as Ferrell puts it, "[this battle] could become the beginning of a rivalry that will go on until the end of time."
The two challenged their fans to help raise $300,000 for the charities Cancer for College and Little Kids Rock in order to see the drum-off happen. Now that their fundraising goal has been met, the two are going face off for the coveted Golden Cowbell.
It’s not just drum skills that are at play here. We’re already in the midst of some mega-smack-talking showdowns. Smith said of Ferrell, “unless Will's been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it'll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I'm ready to take him down... it is going to be complete public humiliation on the part of Will Ferrell."
Ferrell is taking the “speak softly” approach with his verbal assault and retorted, “Chad apparently has a lot of anger and issues... I don't quite come from the same place. I don't get nearly as many references to being Chad Smith as he does Will Ferrell. I'm not looking at this as much as a competition so much as a public service to the world."
Once and for all, we will finally know who the REAL Chad Smith is —and my money is on Chad Smith. Just to make things interesting, here are a handful of Will Ferrell/ Chad Smith Mash-Up Drum Battles we’d love to see on the big night:
The Sock Challenge
The Task: Each contestant must do a cowbell solo... while wearing only a strategically placed sock.
Level of Difficulty: 3 out of 5 peppers!
The How Now Brown Cow Challenge
The Task: Each Contestant must repeat Ron Burgundy tongue-twisters while drumming the beat to "Afternoon Delight." The Arsonist has oddly shaped feet!
Level of Difficulty: 4 out of 5 peppers!
The Robert Goulet Staring Contest
The Task: Ferrell and Smith must stare at each other while performing ridiculous tambourine solos. The first to laugh loses.
Level of Difficulty: 5 out of 5 peppers!
Best of luck to them both.