LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — One of Hollywood’s leading comedy stars is hoping to turn laughter into votes in the race for the next mayor of Los Angeles.
Will Ferrell is featured in a video posted on YouTube urging voters to support mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti.
The former “Saturday Night Live” and “Anchorman” star opens the video with one of his signature – and seemingly improvised – comedy riffs.
“You may remember me from movies like ‘Expendables 2′, ‘The Day of the Dolphin’, or ‘Harlem Nights’,” Ferrell says.
The self-described native Angeleno, business owner, and father of three goes on to tout his support for Garcetti’s political record – along with Ferrell’s view of the two men as “lifelong friends.”
“Eric and I met years ago when we were born in the same hospital,” Ferrell said. “Even though we were each only a day old, we exchanged phone numbers and swore to keep in touch.”
Perhaps the highlight of Ferrell’s endorsement – and the least factual – comes when the actor makes a sweet campaign pledge to voters.
“There will be free waffles every Tuesday morning for the whole city of Los Angeles!” Ferrell said, followed by an admission that “apparently there’s no way that can happen.”
Ferrell is the latest celebrity to endorse the former councilman ahead of the May 21 election after actress Salma Hayek released her own video endorsement in January.