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The hearsay mill went into overdrive earlier this week when it was introduced that slots throughout the 5 main late-night present had been booked for a particular visitor. Was it Rihanna, or Girl Gaga, or Adele, saying a shock album drop? Who else may coordinate and lock in slots on Fallon, Kimmel, Corden, Colbert, Meyers, AND Conan all on the identical evening?

Sorry, Little Monsters, however the bar’s just a little decrease than we thought: it turned out to be Will Ferrell. Or somewhat, his alter ego, Ron Burgundy, resplendent in taupe turtleneck and scarf, taking on late evening to advertise the second season of his podcast.

His technique for doing so was… being unhealthy at standup, giving freewheeling in-character interviews, and in addition some mild dummy homicide.

As Burgundy instructed Jimmy Fallon, standup has been a “lifelong ardour for a couple of week now”. It’s exhausting to inform how a lot of it was truly deliberate or written. Burgundy dips into standup tropes (muttering “What else, what else” and pacing throughout segues, shouting out native sports activities groups and suburbs at size) and usually simply exudes a darker, sadder model of that unique Anchorman id: an ageing man simply self-aware sufficient to be fearful of his personal ever-growing irrelevance and of how little he understands the world, preventing that worry with self-delusion, non-sequiturs, and yelling.

On Jimmy Kimmel Stay, he introduced out some barely outdated impressions (“Think about Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Stewart on the weed dispensary”), and identified that buffalo wild wings are usually not, in truth, buffalo, however hen.

On The Tonight Present, he went on a punchline-free rant about how Shawn Mendes stole his songs.

…After which alleged to have as soon as gotten into an ass-biting knife battle with Australian icon Kylie Minogue within the studio, due to pheromones or one thing.

Then for his spot on Late Evening With Seth Meyers, Burgundy emerged with a nihilistic hipster ventriloquist dummy named JJ, with whom he exchanged some deeply awkward banter that rapidly devolved right into a nasty argument earlier than an ego-bruised Burgundy misplaced his mood and violently attacked the pint-size Brooklyn resident in a sequence that crosses over into the disturbing. (Particularly by the 4:25 mark, the place you’ll be able to hear a few of the viewers gasp.) 

On The Late Late Present with James Corden, he goes on quite a few rants concerning the issues he “hates”, from the dentist to Paypal…

…Earlier than making mates with some animals.

Burgundy’s upcoming gigs apparently embody Madison Sq. Backyard (opening for Jerry Seinfeld) and San Antonio Pizza Hut.

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