Damon Wayans plans comedy Web site

Damon Wayans plans comedy Web site

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian and actor Damon Wayans is taking his humor to the Internet by establishing a new Web site called WayOutTV.com.

Ferrell's 'Funny or Die' tour sold out

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- New Line Cinema said all eight scheduled dates on Will Ferrell's U.S. "Funny or Die Comedy Tour" have sold out.
Friel signs up for 'Land of the Lost' role

Friel signs up for 'Land of the Lost' role

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- British actress Anna Friel is set to play the female lead in the upcoming big-screen version of the 1970s-era U.S. television show "Land of the Lost."
Depp was top money-making star in '07

Depp was top money-making star in '07

GROTON, Mass., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A new poll suggested Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was the top money-making star of 2007, a distinction he also achieved in 2006.

NBC to air 'best-of' 'SNL' specials

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Starting Saturday, NBC will air 90-minute highlight specials of the New York-setting sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" in prime time.

Celebs take part in 'Kite Runner' auction

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Authentic Afghan kites, each with a tail autographed by a different U.S. celebrity, will be sold on eBay to raise money for the Afghanistan Relief Organization.

Ferrell to visit 'Land of the Lost'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A new big-screen comedy version of the 1970s U.S. television show "Land of the Lost" is to start shooting in March, Variety.com reported Wednesday.

New Web comedy site to launch

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Former MTV executive Rob Barnett said he will launch a comedy Web site with Harry Shearer, who performs voices on the U.S. television hit "The Simpsons."

Depp, 'Pirates' cop MTV golden popcorns

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" made off with popcorn prizes in the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

Ferrell dabbles in online fare

HOLLYWOOD, April 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood funnyman Will Ferrell is showing he's not afraid to take on the Internet as a venue for his talent.

Nickelodeon Choice draws monster numbers

LOS ANGELES, April 2 (UPI) -- Six million-plus viewers watched Nickelodeon's 20th annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles and nearly 41 million votes were cast.

Will Farrell welcomes new son

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Hollywood star Will Ferrell and his wife Viveva Paulin have welcomed their second child together at a hospital in Los Angeles.

Some stars double chances of winning

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A number of Hollywood stars appear poised receive award nominations for more than one of their films this year.

Benjamin in basketball flick with Ferrell

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Andre Benjamin has been signed to co-star with Will Ferrell in a basketball comedy called "Semi-Pro" from New Line Cinema.

Lupe Fiasco honored in GQ magazine

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Atlantic Records recording artist Lupe Fiasco has been named one of GQ Magazine's "Men of the Year 2006."
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Will Ferrell
Lead actor Will Ferrell arrives at the premiere of his new motion picture comedy "Land of the Lost", at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 30, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

John William "Will" Ferrell ( /ˈfɛrəl/; born July 16, 1967) is an American comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the late 1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and has subsequently starred in the comedy films Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger than Fiction, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, and The Other Guys. He is considered a member of the "Frat Pack", a generation of leading Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and the 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson. He most recently guest starred in a four-episode story arc on the The Office.

Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, the son of Betty Kay (née Overman), a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician with The Righteous Brothers. His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964; Ferrell has Irish ancestry. Ferrell has a younger brother, Patrick. When he was 8, his parents divorved. Ferrell said of the divorce, "I was the type of kid who would say, 'Hey Look at the bright side! We'll have two Christmases.'" The divorce was amicable and both parents were committed to their children. The biggest problem was Lee's line of work. As a person in showbusiness, his paychecks were never steady and he was gone from home months at a time. Growing up in the environment made Ferrell not want to go into show business, but get a steady job.

Will first attended school at Turtle Rock Elementary and later attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, both in Irvine. He attended University High School in Irvine, and was a kicker for the school's varsity football team. He was also on the soccer team and captain of the basketball team, and served on student council. As a joke, he started the reptile club (even though he didn't know anyone who owned one), but the club only lasted for two meetings.

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