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Will Ferrell on His Viral Commencement Speech

February 8, 2020

– Oh, yes. Oh, thank you. Thank you. So nice. This is very
exciting because– Yeah. It’s the NBA finals. – It is the NBA finals.
– Ratings are up. Right, everyone? Yeah. That really tuned
in the ratings. I guess [INAUDIBLE]
like to know that they’re part of a bigger group. I monitor ratings
all the time. Yes. Your ratings are
sky high right now. You are now officially– and I have the diploma
here to prove it– – Yes.
– A doctor. An honorary doctor. [APPLAUSE] That’s right. They wrote it out real
nice, and everything. I gave the commencement
speech at USC. Your alma mater. My alma mater. Yep. And they gave me an
honorary doctorate, so I’m allowed to perform
elective surgery whenever I want. I didn’t know
that was part of it. I’ve done 10 tonsillectomies– a couple gallbladders. I think. I don’t know. I just cut in there, and I
start tearing things out. And then put some
scotch tape, and– That’s the way you start. Get the hell out of Dodge. Yeah. You gave– your speech
was great, by the way. I watched it online. Did you put a lot of
thought into that? I assume you did.
– I did. Yes. It was– I’m not good
at being sincere. OK. Yeah.
And– – Are you being sincere now?
– No, now I’m very sincere. Oh, you’re being sincere? OK. But– I mean, as you know,
we’re used to being funny. Right. But I had to try to
sound poignant and earnest, and have some words of wisdom. Right. So that was the hard part. But I holed myself
up in a hotel room. – Did you?
– Yeah. You got away from the family? Well, I shooting a movie. I see.
OK. Yeah. I didn’t rent the
hotel specifically to write the speech. Honey, I gotta get out of the
house for four or nine days. Yeah.
And you wrote the whole thing? I wrote the whole thing. But the president
of the university, Dr. Max Nikias, who’s a
very wonderful gentleman– I’ve met him.
Nice guy. – Nice guy.
– Yeah. He was like, Will, you’re
going to be wonderful. You’re going to be great.
Don’t worry. Tell something about when you
messed up, and you’ll be great. So I just– yeah, I talked
about all my failures. You closed your
speech with a– – Hard to believe, right?
– You– Yeah. You closed your
speech with a song. As I was writing the speech– you know, as you know, when
you’re writing anything on the computer it’s
5 minutes of writing, and then 40 minutes of
searching YouTube for whatever. Absolutely. And I landed on the
video from “The Bodyguard,” Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner. The song, “I Will
Always Love You.” And I thought, oh, that’s
how I’ll end my speech. And that’s how you
ended your speech. Yeah. (SINGING) And I will
always love you. Will always love you. You really have
a beautiful voice. It went on way too long. I sang almost the whole song. Yeah. I liked that. Yeah. People just started
getting up and leaving.


  • Reply Rolando Ajpop June 8, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Pretty Early,

    Not too late


  • Reply nathanjyk June 8, 2017 at 4:43 am

    will is a funny one

  • Reply Darkest Hour June 8, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Yeah my ratings at up too!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Crazy Gaming June 8, 2017 at 4:46 am


  • Reply oxy 75 June 8, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Jimmy quit shaving the sides of your head…

  • Reply Johnny Luong June 8, 2017 at 4:47 am


  • Reply oxy 75 June 8, 2017 at 4:49 am

    it's hard to be sincere… because I never am

  • Reply jajiu123 June 8, 2017 at 4:49 am

    NBA finals are done…

  • Reply oxy 75 June 8, 2017 at 4:51 am

    that's so cool I love you speech

  • Reply Erol Wood June 8, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Voice of an angel.

  • Reply Wrong Person June 8, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Early af

  • Reply IAmVenom June 8, 2017 at 4:57 am

    You have to call me NightHawk

  • Reply WEALTHY 570 June 8, 2017 at 4:59 am

    what's funny is I would buy his version of "I will always love you" on iTunes any day

  • Reply WEALTHY 570 June 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

    not first

  • Reply Ксения Ковалевская June 8, 2017 at 5:01 am

    This cowbell fool is still hilarious.

  • Reply WEALTHY 570 June 8, 2017 at 5:04 am

    "5 minutes of writing and 40 mins of searching youtube for whatever" …basically how I found this video

  • Reply Cole Tadlock June 8, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I will be honored to have Will at my commencement for LSU in 2020.

  • Reply McLovin June 8, 2017 at 5:11 am

    funniest man on earth

  • Reply dan25 June 8, 2017 at 5:15 am

    0:01 never really see that camera angle.
    that was kinda cool :[]

  • Reply 2ND NEx tiger June 8, 2017 at 5:16 am


  • Reply Eugene G June 8, 2017 at 5:21 am


  • Reply LedHead June 8, 2017 at 5:28 am


  • Reply TDM_XD June 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Almost first

  • Reply aa bbb June 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Bush sang good

  • Reply SuperJJisHere June 8, 2017 at 5:36 am

    This man is a legend and always will be

  • Reply mehh June 8, 2017 at 5:38 am

    loved will ferrell before med school. after this, he is will ferrall

  • Reply Feddel June 8, 2017 at 5:38 am

    His voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesús.

  • Reply Reflect June 8, 2017 at 5:49 am

    interesting he mentioned how he tried to be ernest and sincere in his speech while his harvard commencement speech in 2003 was almost entirely in character hahah

  • Reply TheCryptoCoinist June 8, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Will you're hilarious

  • Reply guzmank6 June 8, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Weird to see him playing himself on a talk show lmaoo

  • Reply FunkyDoolittle June 8, 2017 at 6:23 am

    His front teeth are bigger than the rest like a rabbit

  • Reply RariGold June 8, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Well he is the songbird of his generation by people that heard him sing

  • Reply Obsessive Mind June 8, 2017 at 6:29 am


  • Reply Daniel Guevara June 8, 2017 at 6:35 am

    It was honestly the best commencement speech I've ever heard. It was my second graduation from USC and man was it awesome. Fight On Will!

  • Reply Bre Fujimoto June 8, 2017 at 6:46 am

    university of southern california LOL

  • Reply claystar9valor June 8, 2017 at 6:46 am

    You're my boy Blue!

  • Reply Julian H June 8, 2017 at 6:46 am

    My wife left me

  • Reply BadgerDan June 8, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I'm sorry but I wouldn't trust will

  • Reply Patrick June 8, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I thought this man was resting on his laurels

  • Reply Dreadnaught2517 June 8, 2017 at 7:35 am

    He should've done Knife Guys only if Ryan Gosling was there 😛

  • Reply TheSuperRay June 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Remember when he stuck his ball sac on his step brothers drum set

  • Reply SeanOverseas June 8, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Whitney Houston: "The vowels are A, E, O, U, and iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii."

  • Reply moonmadlad June 8, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I love how where ever will is, he owns the place…

  • Reply Ben Cokeley June 8, 2017 at 8:51 am


  • Reply Chris B Kirov June 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

    "Will always love you" – as in: Will Ferrell, (did?) I saw what you did there…

  • Reply Justin Fattz June 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    WF is one of the few comedians that I can just look at and start giggling, without him even having to say a word

  • Reply tjo June 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Can't stand Kimmel anymore, after his constant Trump hate.

  • Reply DelzVision June 8, 2017 at 11:24 am

    First time i see Will Ferrell on an Interview as Will Ferrell

  • Reply Luxury June 8, 2017 at 11:43 am

    He looks like a doctor

  • Reply Reginald Smith June 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Did the NBA pay him to talk about ratings? Like that matters to anyone but them. The NBA sucks now.

  • Reply yourmother June 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    He's like real life Michael Scott

  • Reply ButterfleeEllie June 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    i never understood why they do that. Whats the point of giving these celebrity honorary doctorates just because they came and spoke at your school?

  • Reply Rondogz June 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    i did not expect this……

  • Reply GENIUS316 June 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I liked USC until they rejected me

  • Reply MysteriousGodz June 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I was there when he did the speech. Everybody look surprised and they had this awkward face at first but then they all started laughing. It was hilarious 😂

  • Reply Jori Barash June 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    That Nikias impression could use some work

  • Reply Dom the Don June 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I thought the song was great, could've used more cowbell though….

  • Reply Olimp_blue June 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    RHCP rules 😀

  • Reply Elizabeth Renee June 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I'm not good at being sincere. real af

  • Reply Andrew Aranda June 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Why isn't this titled Dr. Will Ferrell?

  • Reply jazzyluvsedits June 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Whitney Houston would be so proud

  • Reply JP M June 8, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    He looked just like W. when he was singing. 🤠

  • Reply Tanner Buford June 8, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    He needs 10 million subs

  • Reply Johanna Romero June 9, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Why is he so sweaty?

  • Reply awsome June 9, 2017 at 1:36 am

    It's all about the boats and hoes!

  • Reply sweetnovember June 9, 2017 at 2:17 am

    "Will" always love you

  • Reply Divine Interruption June 9, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I traveled 500 miles to give you my seed.

  • Reply andres gutierrez June 9, 2017 at 3:23 am

    The afro hair looks very nice on president Bush.

  • Reply LOAFis MLG June 9, 2017 at 5:08 am

    he looks exactly like Norm MacDonald in the thumbnail

  • Reply Josephine Leyden June 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Will is one sincerely funny man.

  • Reply Qtaro June 9, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Jimmy Sounds like hes interviewing megamind

  • Reply THE WADS June 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I would let Will Ferrel perform surgery on me!

  • Reply entertainedbyidiots June 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    farrell's commencement speech at harvard is also thing of beauty.

  • Reply R. Red June 10, 2017 at 12:08 am

    he's been called the song bird of his generation

  • Reply Séverin Official June 10, 2017 at 12:10 am

    great guy !

  • Reply Jovan Ortega June 10, 2017 at 6:09 am

    is he the drummer of red hot chilli peppers?

  • Reply Meg June 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Five minutes writing, 45 minutes searching YouTube is me right now!

  • Reply Super Moosie June 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Dr Ferrell can remove my tonsils if he wants to. 😂

  • Reply Mina in Japan June 11, 2017 at 7:09 am


  • Reply Danger Zone June 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Will Ferrell is a tamer version of Bill Walton. Both are national treasures.

  • Reply Skoal91 June 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    the song bird of a generation

  • Reply Chloe Jean-Pierre June 12, 2017 at 5:05 am

    kimmel has such a jolly laugh hahah he hops it's cute

  • Reply Polly B. Fly June 12, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Lol !! Totally imagining Ron Burgundy doing surgery.
    "I'm removing the gallbladder !!"
    "Sir, this is a tonsil operation"
    "Trust me on this !!"

  • Reply Tim gl Brose June 13, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Watch His New Movie "The House"

  • Reply The Daily Fun June 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I was a fan of Ferrel's for years but this speech was NOT FUNNY. I wanted it to be but it wasn't. Too much pandering to the audience over his own celebrity.

  • Reply SuperJohn12354 June 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

    It's an honour if will ferrel cuts you open

  • Reply LIPglossShiney June 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I love me some Will Ferrell

  • Reply Wolfie June 14, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I went to the graduation ceremony and got to watch the speech live; my cousin graduated from USC

  • Reply TVBNHLWWE June 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

    It wasn't even good compared to Conan's at Darthmouth a few years back. Not that I'm a Ferrell hater.

  • Reply L Young June 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Great MAN

  • Reply Susan Glick July 2, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    That speech was too stupid for words. It was just about him and his career. I couldn't watch it all the way through. Graduates deserve something better and less egotistical.

  • Reply Eric Perryman July 16, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Hey always loved your vids! If you ever get a chance I would love any feedback you could give me on my music 🙂 Cheers!

  • Reply Minqweno Pinyana September 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Boy I would love to have Will Ferrell perform surgery on me.

  • Reply clubredken October 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I hope he does my commencement at LSU next year. And I hope he wears his Elf costume.
    Speaking of which, Elf 2? Hello can you hear me Will? Yes.

  • Reply LeGawd James October 30, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I can’t even make eye contact with him right now

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  • Reply David Savian December 22, 2018 at 4:28 am

    I wonder if I can contract Will to sing at my Independence Day BBQ party. I guess he'll probably request a trailor and an in between toes massage. But, other than that……. it's doable.

  • Reply David Savian December 22, 2018 at 4:30 am

    This interview needed more cowbells !

  • Reply Juan Ramirez Gonzalez April 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Representing Thee dirty sunny southern Killerfornia

  • Reply Jeromey Klein July 6, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    2:33 no one has more accurately summarized the creative process

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