Will Ferrell Recalls Channeling Ron Burgundy During Australian Open

The actor also talked about the comical criticism he faced while acting as fictitious tv host, Cord Hosenbeck, during the Rose Parade and heckled Jimmy Fallon during a sketch.
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During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday night, Will Ferrell talked about channeling his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy at a tennis match in Australia.

“I got called onto the court by John McEnroe to help conduct his interview with Roger Federer, but I did it as Ron Burgandy,” Ferrell explained. “He’s a sweetheart, but he’s very Swiss,” Ferrell added of Federer, who was unaware that the comedian would interview him in character.

Ferrell recalled Federer's hesitant body language immediately upon seeing Ferrell approaching in character. “So, I started asking, Roger… ‘You’re 36 years old. You’re defying the laws of age. Are you a witch or a vampire?'” Federer responded that he believed they “both sound terrible.”

Continuing to embrace comical personas, earlier this month, Ferrell and Molly Shannon acted as fictional TV hosts Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan while hosting the live coverage of the Rose Parade that streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Though the live coverage was all for comedic show, Ferrell revealed that many believed he was in fact a television host.

“People thought we were real people, real hosts,” Ferrell said. The comedian later explained that his wife read him reviews of his and Shannon’s fictitious hosts, with people writing, “How have these people been in broadcasting for 25 years?” Offering an example, Ferrell said that during the live stream his character consistently discussed his fear of horses, which led a reviewer to demand he “talk about the floats.”

After Fallon told Ferrell he needs to see more Cord and Tish, Ferrell revealed that there’s a “move afoot” for the pair to announce the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Later in the show, Ferrell and Fallon acted in a comical sketch, in which Fallon attempted to sing “Don’t Stop Believin',” only to face constant heckling by Ferrell’s character. After Fallon’s Peter ends the song, it was narrated that the heckler moved in with his brother and opened a “bad sports bar in Sacramento” titled “Streetlights with Gabriel.” Meanwhile, Fallon’s Peter quit singing, but sold “Don’t Stop Believin'” to Journey.