Please consider this post your periodic reminder that Will Ferrell once appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in character as Robert Goulet, cigarette in hand, drinking a Diablo Martini, and spent his whole interview calling Conan “Johnny” and insisting he was in Burbank, California. It was insane and strange and hilarious. I like to imagine the real Goulet sitting at home in Las Vegas that night, flipping through the channels while smoking a cigarette and drinking a martini himself, and stumbling across this as it was happening live. I bet he thought it was groovy.
Anyway, here is my favorite part of this clip: That’s not post-Anchorman, post-Talladega Nights, eff-you-money-having Will Ferrell. That’s SNL cast member Will Ferrell, who chose to spend an entire interview segment on a nationally televised late-night talk show doing a goofy caricature of a famous crooner, instead of going on as himself to plug his career or whatever. I always liked that.