Well, it finally happened.
Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, held their long awaited drum battle live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (22nd May.)
The uncanny likeness of the two men was first highlighted by Ferrell in a Reddit Ask Me Anything event, resulting in Smith issuing the drum battle challenge.
Ferrell accepted the challenge during another Reddit AMA, writing: “Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 (£182,000) for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?”. The money was raised via an online fundraiser.
The pair dressed identically in jeans and Kiss T-shirts for the occasion, highlighting how similar they look. After four rounds and a surprise appearance by Smith’s Red Hot Chili Peppers band mates, Ferrell was declared the winner after producing a cow bell and playing along to Blue Oyster Cult’s classic “Don’t Fear The Reaper.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Smith had previously commented: “I’m all for it. But unless Will’s been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it’ll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I’m ready to take him down.” Ferrell added: “I have not been practicing. There’s no amount of practice that would help me become a good drummer.”
Watch the epic battle below!