Will Ferrell, Chad Smith take drum-off to Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’

It's not over until the drumsticks drop.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published May 23, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 6:33 am CDT

It’s not often you can talk to your real-life doppelganger, let alone have a drum-off against him.

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Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith look uncannily similar to each other, which has caused a lot of confusion among fans over the years. After Ferrell finally admitted to being Smith a few months back, Smith challenged him to a drum battle for the ages, but not before raising $300,000 for the nonprofit Cancer for College, which awards scholarships to cancer survivors.

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The rivalry came to a head when they both appeared on The Tonight Show, which was probably the perfect setting for their drum-off. The pre-drum-off interview clip above is full of insulting exchanges, and both show that they know a few things about playing it up for a crowd.

But when the secret weapons came out to play, all bets were off.

Photo via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

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*First Published: May 23, 2014, 10:10 am CDT