Happy Birthday Will Ferrell! Celebrate The Comedian's 51st Trip Around the Sun By Voting for His Funniest Role of All Time

By Johnni Macke Jul 16, 2018 12:00 PMTags

Happy birthday Will Ferrell!

The funny guy turns 51 years old today and lucky for us his comedic chops just keep getting more and more funny as the years go by.

Fans of Ferrell know the Irvine, California native as a father of three, husband, comedian and above all else an actor who continually makes them laugh at the box office.

Over the past 20 plus years, The House actor has been in more movies than we can count (almost all of which are comedies) and numerous TV series including Saturday Night Live where he got his big comedy break.

Even though we have a few favorite Ferrell characters from SNL like George W. Bush or all the times he channeled his inner cheerleader as half of the Spartan's cheer team (alongside Cheri Oteri), his movie roles are the ones we can't stop laughing at after all of these years. 

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Whether it's his role as everyone's favorite, and totally absurd anchorman, Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or his ability to make an adult elf lovable in Elf, his film characters are always memorable.

In honor of the hilarious star's birthday we want to celebrate his best comedy roles ever...and get your opinion on which of them reigns supreme.

So, get ready to laugh as you scroll through Ferrell's funniest roles below and cast your vote for the one you can't help but laugh at once you're done.

Happy bday Will, you are one funny guy!

A Night at the Roxbury

As one of Will Ferrell's first movies, A Night at the Roxbury has a special place in a lot of people's hearts. It follows Steve (Ferrell) and Doug Butabi (Chris Kattan) as they try to get into the coolest club in town...The Roxbury. It is based on the hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch "The Roxbury Guys" and although there is a lot of head bobbing, we still laugh every time we see it.


In 1999, Ferrell played not one, but two funny roles in Superstar, which was about Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon), a Catholic schoolgirl who dreams of superstardom. Ferrell was Jesus (in a vision to Mary) as well as Mary Katherine Gallagher's dream date, and the coolest guy in school, Sky Corrigan. 


He invented the piano key necktie! In both Zoolander and Zoolander 2, the California native played the super intense fashion designer, Mugatu. He had a strange sense of style, obsession with Hansel (so hot right now) and tricked dumb male models into killing political figures. Oh, and he had a hairstyle that we will never forget.

Old School

We're going streaking! In 2003, Ferrell brought us Frank the Tank in Old School and for fans of college-based movies this movie is one of the best of the best...even if the guys weren't in college. Instead, they were instead trying to stay young and opened a fraternity near the college they once attended. So funny.


Buddy the Elf is one of Ferrell's most beloved characters. If you don't have a soft spot for Buddy and his elf culture (especially around the holidays) then we can't be friends. OK, that's a little harsh, but how can you not love and laugh with an adult elf who wears a costume every day and thinks spaghetti with syrup is a good dinner choice?

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

2004 gave fans Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and we've never looked back. In this iconic comedy the 51-year-old actor portrayed San Diego's top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, in the 1970s as the station begins to switch things up and add women into their male-dominated field. Hilarity ensues when Ron begins to fall apart and can no longer read the news.

Kicking & Screaming

Kicking & Screaming might be one of the actor's most underrated comedies. In this 2005 film, Ferrell plays Phil Weston, who always seems to be competing with his father and never winning. So, when his son doesn't get any playing time on his dad's soccer team he creates his own team and gets a little too competitive. There is a giant tiger tracksuit, a coffee machine that travels with him, and screaming at kids. All of which is hilarious. 

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Oh, Ricky Bobby. In this movie Ferrell plays NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby who is talented, but when his No. 1 status on the track is challenged and he gets into an accident he must re-train himself to be the champion everyone knows him as. 

Blades of Glory

Ferrell as a figure skater? Yes, please! After being stripped of his gold medal, Ferrell's Chazz Michael Michaels must team up with his rival in pairs skating in order to compete at the next Olympic games...and it's not an easy road to haul.


Is there any sport that this comedian can't pretend play? In Semi-Pro, Ferrell switched out his blades for basketball shoes as Jackie Moon, who plays, owns and coaches the Flint Michigan Tropics as they try to make their NBA dreams come true. 

Step Brothers

Sharing your family with someone else isn't exactly easy. Take it from Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly), who become roommates when their parents decide to get remarried...despite the fact that they are both middle-aged men. Oh, and another thing, you can't just make bunk beds. These two learned that the hard way as well.

The Other Guys

The Other Guys was the first movie starring Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and now we want them in every movie together. In this film, the two are detectives that aren't exactly the top cops in the city, but despite their lack of strength and closing rate they work together to make a big sting and earn some respect in New York City.

The Campaign

We all knew the day would come when Ferrell would go political in a movie and it finally happened in 2012 with The Campaign, which also starred Zach Galifianakis.

Get Hard

Get Hard is the movie we didn't know we needed from Ferrell. It follows his character James King as he prepares to go to jail for fraud and takes lessons on how to toughen up from Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart). It's ridiculous and so funny. 

Daddy's Home

Instead of playing partners Daddy's Home shows Ferrell and Wahlberg as competing fathers. Brad (Ferrell) is trying to get his stepchildren to love him when their real dad Dusty (Wahlberg) rides into town and makes things a lot harder on him. 

The House

In 2017, the funny guy teamed up with Amy Poehler in The House and things got crazy. As their daughter prepares to go away to college the couple starts an illegal casino to make enough money to send their daughter to school. What could go wrong?


Will Ferrell's Funniest Movie Roles

Which of Will Ferrell's movie roles makes you laugh the most?
Steve Butabi in A Night at the Roxbury
Sky Corrigan/Jesus in Superstar
Mugatu in Zoolander
Frank in Old School
Buddy in Elf
Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Phil Weston in Kicking & Screaming
Rick Bobby in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Chazz Michael Michaels in Blades of Glory
Jackie Moon in Semi-Pro
Brennan Huff in Step Brothers
Allen Gamble in The Other Guys
Cam Brady in The Campaign
James in Get Hard
Brad Whitaker in Daddy's Home
Scott Johansen in The House

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