Will Ferrell's Worst Gig Ever: Performing For The OJ Jury In Court
The OJ Simpson trial was a boon for comedians everywhere—with the possible exception of Will Ferrell who, at the time of the trial, was a sketch comedian at Groundlings Theatre.
Not long before he was cast on SNL, Ferrell was called in with his fellow Groundlings to perform sketch comedy for a sequestered jury in a brightly-lit courtroom. And yes, he had to perform for that sequestered jury. He told Jimmy Kimmel it was the "worst gig."
He explained how it went down: "We could do whatever we wanted. They didn't really laugh, they just smiled. 'Cause it's hard to laugh at comedy in a brightly lit room or in a courtroom." However, he added, "They were very appreciative."
Kimmel cracked, "Were they a good audience? Because they weren't a good jury."