January 6th, 2009
08:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Ferrell taking Bush spoofs to Broadway, HBO

Will Ferrell will take his impersonation of President Bush to Broadway.
Will Ferrell will take his impersonation of President Bush to Broadway.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Will Ferrell, the man who invented "strategery" and other Bushisms, is taking his spoofs of the 43rd president to Broadway and HBO.

The "Saturday Night Live" veteran will star in "You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush" at New York's Cort Theater, with previews in line for Inauguration Day.

The show will take a chronological look at Bush's life - from his college days and time as the governor of Texas to the 2000 race for president and his two terms in office.

Ferrell, who poked fun at the president will his successful impersonations on "SNL," told CNN he likes that Bush "never thinks he's wrong."

"He's arrogant with a school-boy attitude, and combine that with the fact that he is commander in chief - and, unfortunately, it's very funny."

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  1. SA in OO

    The really "unfortunate" thing is that Will Ferrell is only one of many actors who could have done a better job of playing president than Dubya did. The difference is when actors act like fools on TV or in the theatre, it doesn't destroy the lives and livelyhood of literally millions of people.

    January 6, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Sylvia Norwood

    Well I think Will Ferrell is an idiot...have never thought he was humorous..and I happen to like President Bush very much and respect him tremendously! I will miss him.

    January 6, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. REG in AZ

    Very funny in jest; very sad in reality!

    January 6, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Perusing-Through

    This guy Will Ferrell is funny.

    January 6, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. yeah well

    yeah well the last eight years have been anything but funny. In fact it's going to take decades to undo Bush's damage to America, the once greatest country on earth, Thanks alot Bush.

    January 6, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Lenny Schmitt

    Our country was built by people overcoming hard times. My business is booming. I dropped out of school after the ninth grade and spent time in jail. I was addicted to drugs and I am permanently disabled. Congressman Jessie Helms looked past all that and gave me a chance. I now own my own business and my income is over $200,000.00 a year. If a disabled, high scholl drop out could be successful anyone can. This is the most forgiving country in the world and our government for all its faults tries to do the best it can for all it's citizens, even those of us who have made terrible mistakes. If our life is not what you want it to be get off you butt and change it. You are in the greatest country in the world, be thankful.

    January 6, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. gregg45

    and you find will funny,,never saw brillo hair that funny... maybe thats why i never liked clowns,, reap what ya get,,, former democrat,,me that is

    January 6, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Pat

    Ferrell - YEAH - He's a "piece" of Hollywood's money-making idiots we should REALLY listen to!

    January 6, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. PA

    Excuse me but even with the Best and Most Talented Comedians Bush will never be funny, as whether it's Bush in reality or impersonated the personna will never cease to evoke painful, aggitating, repulsive, pathetic memories. Bush will never be remembered as funny. He will only be remembered if the Media perpetuates it and then only as a Bad Joke. I hope Will is as fit as George in case he has to Dodge a fast flying shoe!

    January 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Joe Independent

    too bad Will Ferrell hasn't done anything funny since Old School. Step Brothers was painful to watch. Hope this is his comeback.

    January 6, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Proud American

    Lenny Schmitt – You and Jessie Helms must of got high together. From the looks of your spelling (scholl) you dropped out in the 3rd grade. The reason americans are out of work is because your Idiot president destoryed our economy and Jesse Helms allowed it while you too were got getting high. Idiot

    January 6, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Bud in Boston

    Will Ferrell is a funny guy however, I do not anticipate that people will flock to this show. Bush destroyed not only this country but the economies around the world. If you ever think that one person can't make a difference, remember Georgie.

    Who would want to sit through an 1-2 hour show being reminded of the disaster that these last 8 years have been. It's not even remotely funny.

    January 6, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Jan Illinois

    Will, Will, Will Don't you have enough money? It was a good run, Quit while your ahead. Don't tarnish a good career dragging that around with you. We want justice or simply to forget we ever heard his name.

    January 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    Ferrell is hilarious... and Dubya Bush is wonderful fodder for comedians! The man is a buffoon... evil one... but still...! I love SNL.... the political satire is really funny when the rest of the show is not... :) Go, Will!

    January 6, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Texas Teacher

    Kuddos, SA in OO... you could not be more correct!

    January 6, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Slider

    Hey, Ferrell, wait 'til Obama gets in office.

    He'll make anything you've ever done look intelligent.

    January 6, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. wendy

    Will Ferrell is the best! Funniest guy on the planet. He is the only person who could make W laughable for a few minutes. The last 8 years have been such a tragedy for so many people in so many ways. Thank goodness for someone with Ferrell's talent to create something we can actually laugh about and feel ok about it. Will makes a laught at person an not the hurt he has created in so many lives. I say it will be a 5 star performance! As long as he uses good strategery to develop his agenda! Will just remember their is new material everyday. " So I analyzed that and decided I didn't want to be the president during a depression greater than the Great Depression, or the beginning of a depression greater than the Great Depression."—Washington D.C., Dec. 18, 2008

    January 6, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Hey Will.....

    George Bush has kept you and your family safe from terrorism for the past seven years--not one attack on American soil-

    When Obama starts appeasing Al Qaeda and the others, you're going to see roadside bombs and suicide bombers in your own neighborhood-

    Then you'll appreciate what Bush did for you-

    January 6, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. john from sandiego

    bush was a better president than dumbo ferrell will ever be a comedian or actor..

    January 6, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Jen, Cali

    yeah well January 6th, 2009 8:28 pm ET
    yeah well the last eight years have been anything but funny.
    ________________
    Yeah, buddy, but you're still around, right? Just supposing you had been in the World Trade buildings in NY? What tune would YOU be playing now?

    You clearly have NO idea of what despots are cablable of - and I hope you NEVER find out!

    Ferrekk is just a comedian - and he's NOT funny!

    January 6, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Randy B.

    As much as I have enjoyed Will panning our prez, I am not sure that I want to relive the last 8 years or learn about Bush's life no matter how funny Ferrell can find it.

    January 6, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. S Callahan

    Oh yeah..he's reall funny...teaching his kid to curse in front of millions of people...real funny..........not.

    I just wish he could use his gift of humor without the cursing....or maniputlation of children.

    January 6, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Pat

    Ferrell does it for the MONEY! PERIOD!

    January 6, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. S Callahan

    great Lenny.....you must be the one that owns the bar.

    January 6, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Pat

    Texas Teacher January 6th, 2009 9:18 pm ET
    Ferrell is hilarious
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    Like I said, Texas Teacher - you live in a Stupid Bubble and you can't get out! Feel bad for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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