Will Ferrell is, obviously, a comedian, and it is fair to say that his informal appearance at the Emmy Awards was more well-planned than he suggested, which means that he is even smarter than we previously thought. Not only did he find a way to turn the Emmy Awards into casual Friday (Sunday?), but he also saved a good hundred bucks on tuxedo rental. Well played, Mr. Ferrell.
Ferrell showed up in shorts to deliver the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series with his kids and a monologue about the daily doings of parenthood. It was hilarious, and something that we can all relate to. That’s good comedy.
Ferrell was joined by his sons Magnus (9), Mattias (6), and Axel (3), none of which ever broke character, and announced, “… They called me, literally, 45 minutes ago, and I couldn’t find child care, okay? We had a soccer game, there was a neighbor’s birthday party, a nut allergy, I didn’t have time to do my hair… it doesn’t matter, it’s great to be here.”
Some have suggested that this moment into Ferrell’s personal life was actually a bit of schtick to promote his upcoming movie Daddy’s Home, and knowing that the actor has shown up in character to other events does lend credence to that theory, but I can’t help hoping that they really did just come from a soccer game and birthday party — that’s doing it right, and award shows are overrated.
The fact that the Emmy went to [spoiler alert] the very funny show Modern Family only served to reinforce the parenting motif of the moment. Family is funny — always has been and always will be.
Will Ferrell gets it.
Have you ever had to show up to a work function with the kids in tow? How did that go?
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