Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Team Up for Red Hot Benefit ft. RHCP, Comedy & More
The doppelganger twins are back: The Will Ferrell and Chad Smith double-take experience returns as the legendary comic Red Hot Chili Peppers drumming lookalike reunite for a quinceanera at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on April 29.
Smith and his band are the first confirmed act for the Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera. Ferrell will bring along his Funny or Die team to host the festivities, with other performers and comedians to be announced in the coming weeks. The Red Hot Benefit will donate a portion of its proceeds to two organizations: Cancer for College (a favorite of Ferrell’s) and Silverlake Conservatory of Music (which Smith’s been involved with for years).
“I have only one great regret in life and it’s that I never actually celebrated my quinceanera,” said Ferrell in a press release. “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.”
“We had so much fun with Will on the drum off and ultimately getting the entire band together to participate on the Tonight Show,” Smith said in the statement. “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.”
The deadpan hilarious duo have been collaborating and raising money for their pet charities since their “drum off” on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in May 2014, though we were talking to Chad about the striking resemblance more than six years ago.
Ferrell supports the Cancer for College charity (which helps cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education) and Smith is behind Silverlake Conservatory of Music (which grant scholarships and provide free private music lessons). Learn more about the benefit here. Tickets for the Red Hot Benefit go on presale tomorrow, with general on-sale set for March 11.