Unless you're Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, you probably don't know what it feels like to constantly be mistaken for comedic actor Will Ferrell.

We'll admit, the resemblance is quite striking between Smith (that's him on the left hand side) and the sophomoric, ageless Ferrell, known for his slapstick improvisational humor in movies like 'Anchorman' and 'Elf,' in addition to shepherding his own comedy-based website 'Funny or Die.'

But we could definitely see how it could get very annoying, really fast to consistently be identified as Ferrell, or get that “hey, did anybody ever tell you that you really look like...” question in interviews.

In fact, his RHCP rhythm section partner Flea reported to Classic Rock magazine: "Chad told me the other day that if someone mentions Will Ferrell to him again, he's going to strangle them to death." (Editor's note: that's why we assigned Matt Wardlaw this story.)

Truthfully, Smith seems to have a good sense of humor about it all, even using Chickenfoot's appearance on Conan O'Brien's short-lived version of 'The Tonight Show' to sport a t-shirt that said “I Am Not Will Ferrell.”


Smith's got a busy year ahead, with a new Chili Peppers album due this month, plus album number two with Chickenfoot, which his bandmate Sammy Hagar calls the “best record” that he's ever made. Seeing Smith behind the skins for Chickenfoot on the band's debut tour really made it clear just what a powerhouse drummer he is.

Although he's currently committed to promotional activities and touring with the Chili Peppers, we're hopeful that he might have some time next year to rock it out with Chickenfoot.


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