March 29, 2012

In the eight years since the release of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Will Ferrell’s iconic turn as the narcissistic, overblown title character, the film, and Ferrell’s performance, have become the stuff of comedy legend, quoted endlessly by frat boys who latched onto the early iteration of Judd Apatow’s now-trademark crude humor and raucous mix of immaturity and random vulgarity. With that kind of following, it’s no surprise that there have been hoots and hollers for a sequel since as far back as 2008, when director Adam McKay (who also co-write the script with Ferrell) mentioned in an interview that he had discussed the possibility of revisiting the set of KVWN-TV Channel 4 Evening News again with his star.

All that back-and-forth was finally resolved last night, as Ferrell visited Conan in character to announce the coming Anchorman 2. In his trademark maroon suit and porn-star mustache, Ferrell entered with a blazing flute solo, and chided a visibly amused Conan O’Brien on his appearance, saying he looked like “someone put a bright red fright wig on a skeleton. And chucked it out of a helicopter.” He then, to loud cheers from the audience, reported the coming sequel, which will also bring back original castmembers Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. The original production team, with Apatow as producer, is slated to return as well. Finally, the world can smile again.

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