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Right on the tail of Justin Timberlake’s take on the Irish emigrating to America on the big steamers, Will Ferrell brought his own bit of Celtic shtick to his monologue on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live."
Ferrell, who went to Ireland last year with his father and brother to trace his Irish ancestors, spent a couple of weeks touring the country and found some of his kinsmen in County Longford.
While there he was presented the James Joyce Award from the University College Dublin Literary and Historical Society in the O'Reilly Hall, UCD, resplendent in his Irish rugby jersey, hat, shorts and socks (see photo gallery).
On Saturday night, Ferrell performed a piece from a ‘play he wrote himself’ called “The Wishful dreams of Danny O’Neill” turning on his Irish accent when he channeled his mother’s frustration in dealing with her repressed husband.
“Why wouldn’t you talk to me Dad, I was a five-year -old boy?,” wailed Ferrell in the character of the suffering son. “I would sit there wringing my hands and my mind would race. I should have been in your lap, eating popcorn, you laughing at a joke I told you and hugging me hard. But there we sat, drowning in that thick Irish disappointment of yours.”
Sound familiar! LOL! Ferrell mined some more laughs out of the tragi-take on Irish family life, as only he can. The comedian hosted an eventful season finale packed full of cameo appearances from the likes of Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway and Amy Poehler.
Ferrell will appear on the big screen in the forthcoming comedy Land of the Lost, to be released on June 5.