Will Ferrell and Chad Smith team up for Red Hot comedy and music benefit in Los Angeles
Will Ferrell and Chad Smith are using their doppelganger powers for good use, as the comedy star and the rock drummer will partner for The Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera on April 29, 2016.
Ferrell and his Funny or Die cohorts will host comedy from Jim Gaffigan and Nick Offerman, while Smith will curate the music, thanks in part to his own band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The benefit's happening April 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Tickets are available now via Funny or Die.
"I have only one great regret in life and it's that I never actually celebrated my quinceanera," said Ferrell. "I'd like to think it was just a simple oversight by my mother, but there has been a void inside me for many years. Growing up on the mean streets of Irvine, California, I have vivid memories of all my friends celebrating their quinceanera. Well, on April 29th at the Shrine Auditorium, with Red Hot Chili Peppers and a bunch of other really talented comedians and musicians by my side, we are going to right that wrong, and everyone is invited."
Ferrell and Smith first collaborated during a Reddit challenge that culminated in a drum-off on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon two years ago. The stunt raised nearly half a million dollars for their respective charities along the way.
"We had so much fun with Will on the drum off and ultimately getting the entire band together to participate on the Tonight Show," said Smith. "So much goodwill came out of one silly joke. We've been trying to find "another way to get together and do some more good for our respective causes and I think we have found it. I'm going to check with my own mother, because I don't recall any family photos of my own quinceanera either."
For Ferrell the beneficiary is Cancer for College, the charity started by his USC fraternity brother Craig Pollard over 20 years ago. The charity has granted over $2 million while helping more than 1,000 cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education. For Smith it's the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non profit organization founded by Chad's Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate and bass player Flea, who strive to address the decrease in arts education in schools while providing cultural enrichment to the community by offering private music lessons at a reasonable cost and granting scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments.