Will Ferrell-Chad Smith Drum Battle Set for May 22nd on Jimmy Fallon

Who is who at last? We'll find out in a week!

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One week from today, on May 22nd, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will host a drum off between Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell, Consequence of Sound.

After years of the two being confused for one another, Ferrell laid the groundwork for a drum battle against Smith during a Reddit AMA last February. "It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, share a resemblance to each other," Ferrell wrote. "A lot of people think that it's me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith."

In response, Smith issued a public challenge to Farrell: "Stop impersonating me. In fact, I need you ... drum battle. Me and you. I've seen your skills; you don't got 'em. Let's go. Golden cowbell. Winner. Boom!" Ferrell accepted on the condition they raise $300,000 for the charities Cancer for College and Little Kids Rock, which was quickly accomplished following an online fundraiser.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Smith expressed confidence in taking home the victory: "I'm all for it. But unless Will's been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it'll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I'm ready to take him down."

Looks like he has little to worry about, as Ferrell told Rolling Stone, "I have not been practicing. There's no amount of practice that would help me become a good drummer." But hey, never say never. After all, this is the same guy who returned from a three-year ban in competitive figure skating to win a gold metal in the US National Pairs Competition."

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    This is going to be gold.
    As gold as your medal for top comment. (make sure this stays top comment or I'm going to look really bad)
    It actually goes in waves, your joke gets upvoted to gold, then people don't get your joke so it gets downvoted, and then the joke makes sense again.
    Stay gold, Ponyboy...Stay gold
    Looking forward to this! Maybe Neil Peart and Tom Hanks should give it a try too ha
    Astonishing resemblance, really. I don't think I have ever seen anything like it. This is probably going to be hilarious.
    This will either b a huge dud or a huge success
    how the **** can something like this not succeed? its a ****ing parody of themselves looking like each other, how the **** can that even fail? besides, they already raised $300,000 for that fundraiser so they cant really do much more except be hilarious
    Super cool and super proud of the guys!!! Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease of children in the US; more than any other childhood diseases combine (CDC), those that survive are battle soldiers worthy of scholarship and merit!
    Well it's great to see these guys using their influence to get people to back a good cause like this, props to Will and Chad for this!
    Chad Smith points a lot.
    No, Will Ferrell points alot
    Will Smith points a lot... wait a second..
    I told someone earlier today that chad smith and will smith were gonna have a drum off and I felt like a dumbass
    I told someone earlier today that chad smith and will smith were gonna have a drum off and I felt like a dumbass
    Right, I know this is all about the resemblance between Chad and Will, but does anyone else see John McEnroe when they look at Chad in the hat in that pic up there!?
    I wanna see a drum battle between Lars Ulrich and Danny Carey.(they look nothing alike but I just wanna see Ulrich fail miserably)
    I have never seen Joseph Gordon Levitt and Matt Heafy together at the same time. Just saying...