Posted by: Jeremiah Graves | December 8, 2011

Will Ferrell Likes Iowa and Shitty Beer

Will Ferrell is an interesting dude.

I’m not always his biggest fan, in fact, most of the time I find him to be obnoxious and overbearing whenever he opens his mouth.

I think that Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Stranger Than Fiction will always hold a special place in my heart, but for the most part—unless it’s a small role (see: Zoolander)—I find him largely insufferable and can’t stand his work.

That may, however, be changing as Ferrell recently shot a series of surprisingly entertaining ads for—of all things—Old Milwaukee beer.

Ferrell apparently wasn’t hired to do the commercials either. The dude actually went out of his way and approached the folks at Pabst Brewing about filming a series of commercials for the, um, less-than-highbrow brew.

It was also Ferrell’s call to film the commercials in Davenport, Iowa. Oh yeah, and he wanted to do it for free.

I guess when you get rich and famous enough, you just get bored or something and these are the types of things that get the creative juices flowing.

Ferrell asked the folks at Pabst if he could come up with the ideas for the commercials and—unsurprisingly—they were onboard with the whole thing. I’m assuming the fact that he was doing it for free probably helped make that decision much, much easier.

The ads are currently only slated to run locally in Davenport, but given that the internet, well, exists…it seems pretty obvious these were intended to go viral and figure to do just that.

So here they are in all their Iowa-laden, Shitty Beer Endorsing Glory:

What do My Faithful Readers think?

Entertaining stuff? Midlife crisis? Fodder for a reality show? Just a bored celebrity killing time in small town Iowa? Something else?



  1. These are great! The commercials he does for Bud light in his Flint Tropics uniform for Semi Pro are classic too.


    • I don’t know if I’ve seen any of the Bud Light commercials, undoubtedly worth a trip to YouTube.


  2. I’m going with just bored.


  3. He filmed some in Terre Haute, Indiana as well. Some of my high school classmates go to Indiana State and they flipped out when they saw him filiming the commercials. Best thing to happen there since Larry Bird.

    And yes, this is very shitty beer.


    • Dude must be all-kinds of bored hitting up small-town America to drink shitty beer and film commercials. Great viral marketing campaign though.


  4. I wonder if I went up to Old Milwaukee and laid down these same terms, they’d let me make some commercials?


    • …you could try it, but I feel like you might be lacking the, um, “star quality” they’re looking for to make these work.

      Seriously, imagine someone else, just a random Joe Schmoe off the street in these commercials. Wouldn’t they be the dumbest, worst commercials of all-time?! You take Will Ferrell and his rambling, confused, comedic-schtick and plop it in here and it works.


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