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?

Where there’s a Will . . .

. . . there’s a recoupment!  Woo-hoo!

At least now there’s one positive thing to come from the George W. presidency.

Special Saturday Post: Breaking news from the President.

Who is the opposite of Will Ferrell?

Just as Will Ferrell went on sale to the public yesterday (and it’s selling like you would expect it to, so get your tickets now), I signed on to produce another Broadway show:  Blithe Spirit,
starring Angela Lansbury (not to mention Rupert Everett, Christine
Ebersole, Simon Jones, and Jayne Atkinson) and directed by Michael
Blakemore.

If you think I’m nuts to do another show in this market, you’re not alone.  My mom, a proud but still smarting investor in 13, said.  “Why now?”

Simple, Momma.

There are always winning stocks in every market.  And there are always winning shows in any season.  Do you think all the people in the financial industry just stopped going to work when the market plummeted?  No.  The lifers looking for a career and not quick money, reassessed what was working, what was failing, and got back in the game, smarter than before.

It’s my job as a Producer to do the same thing as a mutual fund manager – to try and determine what shows are working now, and what will work in the future, both for myself and for my investors, and make recommendations accordingly.

And I believe that classics, comedies and stars with a dash of a “once-in-a-lifetime”, must-see event is what will stand out to the ticket-buying public.

To be honest, if you had asked me ten years ago if I ever would produce a revival of a 1941 Noel Coward comedy, I would have told you that I wouldn’t even go SEE a Coward comedy.

But times change. Tastes change.  Markets change.  Those same financial analysts weren’t buying alternative energy stocks 10 years ago, but I bet they are looking at that sector now.

The other reason I signed on to this show?

Because Angela Lansbury and Will Ferell are as opposite as Jeremy Piven and George Washington.

As I looked over my show portfolio, there was one audience that I
didn’t have covered.  And just like you wouldn’t develop a stock
portfolio without some exposure to the international markets, I wanted
a show that gave me exposure to the “traditional theatergoer” market.
And one of the most successful comedies in theatrical history and this
star-studded cast including a Broadway legend certainly qualifies.  (I
used this theory as a reason to pick up Speed The Plow last fall to balance my exposure to the musical market in 13, and that worked well).

It all makes sense, right?  Will it work?

Stay tuned to find out.  And feel free to tell me if you think I’m crazy or not.

And Mom?  What do you say?  Are you investing in both Will and Blithe?

My next Broadway show.

See you on Inauguration Day!

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THE FIRST-EVER PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE SOCIAL

Friday, December 12th @ 6:30 PM
The Time Out Lounge at New World Stages
340 West 50th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Free Drink, Munchies and $25 tickets to the New World Show of Your Choice (subject to avail.)
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