Local news viewers in the North Dakota capital got a spirited surprise on Saturday night when Anchorman star Will Ferrell joined their usual evening newscast as a guest anchor, The New York Daily News reports.
Completely in character as the infamous Ron Burgundy, Ferrell, 46, read the local Bismarck happenings without so much as cracking a smile — but his fellow newsreaders could barely keep a straight face.
"The second he said, ‘Good evening, I’m Ron Burgundy,’ I lost it," Amber Schatz, Ferrell’s co-anchor for the night, told The Associated Press.
The celebrity drop-in was the latest shenanigan in the Anchorman 2 marketing campaign, which has included several television commercials and a Ron Burgundy exhibit at the Washington, D.C., Newseum.
Schatz even had an awkward exchange with Burgundy when he comments on how "lovely" she looks.
When Schatz told him she wasn’t married, Ferrell replied, "Well I am, so don’t get any ideas."