All eight scheduled dates of Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die Comedy Tour in support of the upcoming New Line Cinema comedy Semi-Pro have sold out, including the culminating show in New York’s world famous Radio City Music Hall on February 24.
The tour, which debuted on Feb. 4 at Kansas State University to more than 7,000 rabid fans including Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius who met Will Ferrell after the show, is playing in arenas on seven college campuses and has sold more than 60,000 tickets The tour pairs Ferrell with comedians Zach Galifianakis, Demetri Martin and Nick Swardson for a rousing evening of innovative stand-up comedy and exclusive video clips from FunnyorDie.com and the upcoming film Semi-Pro, which stars Will Ferrell. Additionally, visitors to the official Semi-Pro website (www.semipromovie.com) will be able to follow the behind-the-scenes adventures of the tour through a special blog chronicling the tour.
Dates and venues for the tour are as follows:
February 4: Kansas State University
February 5: Michigan State University
February 6: The Ohio State University
February 11: Penn State University
February 12: University of Rhode Island
February 13: Boston College
February 22: UNC Chapel Hill
February 24: Radio City Music Hall, New York
Will Ferrell stars in Semi-Pro, an outrageous comedy set in 1976 against the backdrop of the maverick ABA – a fast-paced, wild and crazy basketball league that rivaled the NBA and made a name for itself with innovations like the three-point shot and slam dunk contest. Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, a one-hit wonder who used the profits from the success of his chart-topping song “Love Me Sexy” to achieve his dream of owning a basketball team. But Moon’s franchise, the Flint Michigan Tropics, is the worst team in the league and in danger of folding when the ABA announces its plans to merge with the NBA. If they want to survive, Jackie and the Tropics must now do the seemingly impossible – win. Semi-Pro co-stars Woody Harrelson (Anger Management, White Men Can’t Jump), Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, “Arrested Development”), Andre Benjamin (Four Brothers, music group Outkast), Rob Corddry, Maura Tierney, Josh Braaten, DeRay Davis, Jay Phillips, Jackie Earle Haley and Andy Richter. The film is written by Scot Armstrong (Old School), directed by Kent Alterman, produced by Jimmy Miller, and will be released on February 29, 2008.
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