Will Ferrell: Gregg Segal/Corbis Outline
Dan Snierson
March 11, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Will Ferrell made our list of America’s Top 10 comedians

See, there’s this man-child who latches onto Will Ferrell in most every role he plays — and good luck getting the little guy to let go. As a result, we are treated to inspired displays of dolt-trapped-in-the-headlights high jinks, be it in the form of ”Old School”’s keghead Frank the Tank (who goes from repressed to regressed to undressed) or Buddy, ”Elf”’s giddy helper of Santa who innocently crams old gum from a subway staircase into his mouth.

We laughed at ”You sit on a throne of lies!” (attacking a department-store Santa in ”Elf”).

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