Good news for fans of Will Ferrell and Broadway:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – Will Ferrell says audiences should expect the unexpected from his upcoming one-man Broadway show and HBO special about President George W. Bush.
Ferrell, known for his Bush impersonation on “Saturday Night Live,” said Friday there’s nothing derivative about the production. He says it will surprise people with its twists and turns and what it has to say about Bush.
Executive producer Adam McKay says the show aims to be funny but also hold the Bush administration’s feet to the fire.
McKay and Ferrell spoke to the Television Critics meeting in the Los Angeles area by satellite from New York.
“Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush” is set to begin previews Jan. 20 and open Feb. 5. It will air live on HBO March 14.
I loved Ferrell’s Bush on SNL, as he was never mean spirited (like Tina Fey’s Sarah), but always spot on capturing the humor and the caricature of the Bush “pretzelidency”. And before him, there was the affable SNL “President Clinton” by the late, great Phil Hartman. Will we be able to laugh again with 44 ? Or Mrs. 44? It’ll be a shame if we can’t.
Now Keegen Michael Key is funny as Obama! Unfortunately, Madtv’s been cancelled, great timing, huh?