Will Ferrell received an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern California and then told fellow graduates Friday that he’s ready to deliver a baby on an airliner.
The actor/comedian said, “Hopefully it will be on United Airlines, from which I will be immediately subdued and dragged off the aircraft."
Ferrell delivered the commencement address to USC’s 134th graduating class.
At the podium he took a moment to apologize “to all the parents who are sitting there saying, ‘Will Ferrell? Why Will Ferrell? I hate Will Ferrell.’ ““Although,” he added he also overheard, ” ‘He’s much better looking in person. Has he lost weight?’ “Friday’s speech, he said, was not his first commencement address, adding he’s spoken at a truck-driving school, a deejay academy and Trump University, among others.
He added ,“I’m still waiting to get paid from Trump University." Then he took the Class of 2017 through a laugh-filled, self-deprecating 30-minute ride through his career since the day in 1990 he received a degree in sports information journalism from USC.
“A program so difficult, so arduous, that they discontinued the major eight years after I left."Several times, recalled, he’d interrupt friends’ classes by playing pranks on their professors.
He revealed, “Moments like these made me believe that maybe I was funny to whole groups of people."
Later, he lightened the mood with a joke that involved actress Helen Mirren, who was also there to receive an honorary degree. Ferrell said, “Even now I still lose out on parts that I want so desperately. The most painful one was losing the role of Queen Elizabeth in ‘The Queen.’ Apparently, it came down to myself and Helen Mirren. The rest is history. DAME HELEN MIRREN, YOU STOLE MY OSCAR!”
Then, finally, he let the graduates know they would never be alone.
“If you do have a moment where you feel down, just think about the support you have from this great Trojan family. Imagine me — literally picture my face — signing this song, gently into your ear."
Ferrell then began to belt out Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”