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Reality bends, but manages to hold as Will Ferrell and doppelgänger Chad Smith meet once again

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Late Monday night you may have felt a tremor pass through your body—a deep supra-natural twinge as if the world around you was struggling to maintain shape. While scientists were at first baffled as to what caused this global phenomenon, they’ve now identified the cause: Will Ferrell and his doppelgänger, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, occupied the same time and space yet again.

Appearing at a live performance to raise money for Cancer For College, Ferrell was on hand to warm up the crowd, emceeing for an unlikely cover band comprised of Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard, Brandi Carlisle, her band’s Tim and Phil Hanseroth, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer and Chad Smith, and Eddie Vedder.


The group played a whole bunch of classic rock covers before moving on to the most frightening part of the night, when Smith and Ferrell stood in universe-fracturingly close proximity to one another for a performance of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”

Watch, if you dare to poke at the inconsistencies of our reality, as the two clones split the fabric of existence, laughing in the face of the absurdity of it all by playing music and telling jokes despite the obvious mental anguish that must accompany looking one another in the face.

This isn’t the first time the pair have defied the natural order. Over the years, they’ve visited talk shows to see who’s the better drummer and appeared together at a previous Cancer For College event for more of the same. Each time we get a little bit closer to a Lovecraftian chaos engulfing reality, and yet Ferrell and Smith continue to test the limits of it all. Someone stop them before it’s too late.

[Via Billboard]


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Reid McCarter

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.