Top 10 Will Ferrell “George W.” Nicknames


Surprise, surprise, the real George W. had at least one talent . . . giving people nicknames.

Frankly, I would have traded that in for a little economic prescience, but hey, it’s what we had to work with.

Luckily, for Will Ferrell, that’s all that he needed to work with during the run of his show that I produced which comes to an end on Sunday.
One of the biggest knee-slapping segments of You’re Welcome America, is a little old-fashioned, turn-the-house-lights-up, improv, where Will asks for members of the audience to shout out what they do for a living. And then, as George W., he proceeds to give them a nickname on the spot, faster than most people can spit out their own name!  It’s some of the fastest-wit I’ve seen, especially when you consider he’s doing it all in character.
I’ve been collecting some of my favs over the course of the run for you.  So here are my top 10 George W./Will Ferrell nicknames:
Audience Member:  I’m a mortgage broker!
Will as George W:  I’m gonna call you . . .  Sub Prime moron.”
Audience Member:  I’m work for the Council on Foreign Relations!
Will as George W:  I’m gonna call you . . .  Baba ghanoush.”
Audience Member:  I’m in the 8th Grade!
Will as George W: I’m gonna call you . . .  Spring Awakening.”

Audience Member:  I work at Sam’s Club!
Will as George W: I’m gonna call you . . .  18 Pound Bag of Cheetos.”
Audience Member:  I’m an Investment Banker!
George W. Bush:  I’m gonna call you . . .  “Bye Bye House in Amagansett.
Audience Member:  I’m a Pet Lawyer!
Will as George W:I’m gonna call you . . .  “Scumbag for Pets.”
Audience Member:  I sell smart cars!
Will as George W: I’m gonna call you . . .  “Out of Business in Two Years.”
Audience Member:  I work for MSNBC!
Will as George W: I’m gonna call you . . .  “Too Bad You’re Not Fox.”
Audience Member:  I’m a Strip Search Monitor at Rikers Island.
Will as George W:  I’m gonna call you . . .  “Jelly Finger Lady.”
Audience Member:  I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom!
Will as George W:  I’m gonna call you . . .  3 Glasses of Chablis Before Seven.”
Audience Member:  I work for the United Nations!
Will as George W:I’m gonna call you . . .  Irrelevant.”
Some of my other favorites included:  A 12 year old student (“Pubes”), someone who sold DVDs for the History Channel (“Third Reich”) and a Spanish teacher (“Chalupa”).
If you think reading the above is funny, wait ’til you hear it with Will’s “W” Southern drawl.  Will will be slingin’ some of those nicknames around live on HBO on Saturday at 9.

Thanks for playing with us, Will.  See you next time?
  • Jennifer says:

    Hi, We saw last matinee of Will Ferrell’s run yesterday – had a great time. “Blithe Spirit” on April 4th is next!
    Interesting note – we also saw “Thirteen” during its run in Chester – loved it! And saw Speed the Plow in December. These are the only Broadway shows I’ve ever attended. Didn’t know you were a common production thread in them until Blithe Spirit, which I picked based on reading about it on your blog. If I belong in your target demographic, you’re doing a great job of reaching it!

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