Kamis, 06 Desember 2007

Ferrell Shows Schools the Funny (E! Online)

Los Angeles (E! Online) - Will Ferrell is ready to take the laughs on the road.

The funnyman will headline a college stand-up tour as part of a promotion for his upcoming film Semi-Pro, which is due for release from New Line Cinema Feb. 29.

Not only will this tour make people laugh, but its going to change lives...I think, Ferrell said of the venture.

The tour, which will take Ferrell and rising comics Zach Galifianakis, Demetri Martin and Nick Swardson to seven schools over three weeks in February, will be sponsored by Ferrells FunnyorDie.com Website.

Dubbed Will Ferrells Funny or Die Comedy Tour Presented by Semi-Pro, the trek is slated to kick off Feb. 4 at Kansas State University, before traveling on to Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, University of Rhode Island, Boston College and UNC Chapel Hill.

A video crew from FunnyorDie.com will tail the comics on the road and clips from the appearances will be posted regularly on the site, as will weekly videos of Ferrell and his Semi-Pro costar Andrew Daly.

Set in 1976, Semi-Pro stars Ferrell as one-hit-wonder Jackie Moon, who used the profits from his chart-topping song Love Me Sexy to fulfill his dream of owning a basketball team. Woody Harrelson, Maura Tierney and Andr Benjamin also star.

In addition to promoting the film, the tour aims to draw attention back to FunnyorDie.com, which enjoyed a massive debut with hit viral video The Landlord.

Though traffic has since ebbed, some 3.5 million fans continue to visit the site each week and Knocked Up guru Judd Apatow signed on to the venture in October, further adding to its laugh-factor credibility.

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