Beck sits down for a conversation with … Will Ferrell?!
This is “What’s Making Me Happy This Week,” a weekly feature inspired by the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week is a conversation from early 2010 that I stumbled upon, tucked away in the deep recesses of the Internet, between actor/comedian Will Ferrell and musician Beck Hansen, known more commonly simply as Beck. Before you even get to the content of the conversation, there is so much to like about it. First, who would have ever thought that Beck and Ferrell were friends? According to posting by Beck, he met Will in 1997 when Will was a new cast member on Saturday Night Live and Beck was a musical guest. They participated in a skit together that night and crossed paths here and there over the years. Second, there is visualization of the very first moments of the conversation, which went like this:
Beck: Hey this is Beck calling.
I have to pause for a moment there so you can take the time to imagine Will enthusiastically picking up the phone and saying “BECK!” and Beck responding with a cool “Hey.” Then, consider this: One of the greatest musicians of the past twenty years had a long and detailed conversation with arguably the best comic actor of our generation, posted it on his own website, and virtually no one knows about it! The two-part post has a mere 11 comments (at least three of which are likely spam, and all of which are from the spring of 2010). How is it possible that in this day and age something so randomly hilarious can be sitting out there on the Internet and no one knows about it? Will Ferrell’s famous “More Cowbell” SNL skit – also posted online in 2010 – has over 1.3 million hits on Funny or Die! And this conversation with Beck likely has fewer than 1000. How is it possible??
Finally, there is the conversation itself. I won’t spoil it for you dear reader, for you must read the entire thing, but I can guarantee that it is the only place on earth where you will see the sentence “I was definitely impressed by the pneumatic motion of your lower extremities towards my harmonium.” It’s probably also the only place you will see this fantastic photo:
And That’s What’s Making Me Happy This Week.