There was drumming, there was cowbell and it was glorious.
Will Ferrell and his celebrity doppelganger, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, took part in a drum-off on "The Tonight Show," to benefit the charities Cancer for College and Little Kids Rock, in an episode that aired on Thursday, May 22. (Watch videos, below.)
The two dressed in identical outfits -- a black leather jacket over a dark gray T-shirt with an image of the cover of KISS' 1976 album "Destroyer," blue jeans and a baseball cap worn backwards. They also sat down side by side to talk to host Jimmy Fallon, who tried to maintain character and was barely able to contain his laughter -- an inside joke between him and Ferrell from their "SNL" days together -- as he addressed each man by the other person's name.
"I'm like, 'Flea, this is bull. I'm tired of not getting enough respect as Chad Smith,'" Ferrell said, adding: "I'll be honest, I'm a little high right now."
Fans have for years noted the similarities between the two. Smith, 52, had challenged Ferrell, 46, to the drum battle over Instragram back in February. (See Instagram video and tweet below.)
Also that month, the actor joked in a Reddit AMA chat with fans: "It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, share a resemblance to each other. 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 2009, Smith performed with Sammy Hagar's band Chickenfoot on "The Tonight Show" when it was hosted by Conan O'Brien and wore a white T-shirt that read: "I AM NOT WILL FERRELL."
In January 2013, Smith talked about Ferrell at a press conference at the Sydney's Big Day Out festival in Australia (watch video - warning: contains expletives). He said people had told him they looked alike and that they finally met in 2000 at an after party for the screening of the actor's film "Ladies Man," which he joked was "one of those bad 'Saturday Night Live' offshoot movies."
"So we're getting our [chicken] skewers and there's me and there's a guy in between him and then, Will," Smith said. "And as we both turn with our plates of food, the guy takes off and we're looking at each other, right, and he looks me up and down like this and goes, 'You're very handsome' and walks away. I was like, that's funny!"
"But, you know, I don't think he can play the drums for [expletive]," he added. "And I certainly cannot act as well as him, but, you know, I don't really see the whole thing, but you know, that's just me.
Watch videos of the drum-off and the interview below. (Warning: contains expletive).