Some famous funny speeches include Will Ferrell's speech at Harvard College in 2003, Stephen Colbert's commencement speech at the University of Virginia in 2013, and Jon Stewart's commencement speech at the College of William and Mary in 2004. Another funny speech is Seth MacFarlane's speech at Harvard in 2007.Continue Reading
Will Ferrell's 2003 commencement speech at Harvard begins: "This is not the Worcester, Mass Boat Show, is it? I am sorry. I have made a terrible mistake." After pretending to fumble through a list of speeches intended for other organizations, such as Microsoft, Dow Chemical and Johns Hopkins Medical School, he addresses the audience by saying the university chose him as the Class Day speaker through a process involving secret negotiations, secret ballots and a weekend retreat in Dick Cheney's secret mountain bunker.
The actor and comedian jokes that Harvard Admissions never gave him a call back to reply to his application and explains to the audience members that he cannot relate to anything they've experienced. He proceeds to sing Shivaree's song, "I Close My Eyes," which he insists is a song that captures the essence of the Harvard experience. Will Ferrell then concludes his speech with a subtle witticism: "Thank you. Good luck. And have a great day tomorrow."Learn more about Education