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But That Twist at the End of the Will Ferrell v. Chad Smith Drum-Off

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on May 23, 2014

Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith look almost exactly alike. You may have known this. You may not have.

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Scroll down for the back story, which is terrific and full of cash for survivors of cancer. But if you want to get straight to this drum-off and its insults (“Do you play for the Luke Warm Chili Peppers?”), feel free to jump in:

Now, here’s what led up to it:

During a Reddit AMA three months ago, Ferrell admitted he bore a striking resemblance to the rock drummer, even going so far as to say he *was* Smith. That, in turn, led to this stunning admission from Ferrell:

Ferrell then challenged Smith to the “greatest drum versus cowbell showdown the world has ever seen.” But there was a catch: It wouldn’t happen unless they first raised $300,000 for Cancer for College, a nonprofit that awards college scholarships to cancer survivors. Chad Smith responded to Ferrell on the Funny or Die Instagram account:

The pair raised $300,000 this past weekend, and the drum battle was on. More Cowbell, it needed, and that’s what it got.


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