Will Ferrell vs. Jim Carrey

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Difference between Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey

Laughing out loud at even the most mundane things is a good way to lighten one’s mood, release some fondly sought after ‘happy’ endorphins, exercise your facial muscles and get your blood circulating. So when the opportunity to watch a feel-good funny movie comes along you really would not dream of passing it up, would you?

Making people laugh without appearing strained is not terribly easy. It takes an inborn gift plus talent to elicit laughter from the crowd. Not the kind of laughter that is forced but one that comes deep down, from the heart. We happen to know that Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey both are gifted comedic actors with the ‘gift’.

Will Ferrell
Jim Carrey


These two came from different upbringings. Ferrell’s interest in performing and acting took shape while he was still in high school. He would disguise his voice as he did the daily morning announcements over the school’s public system.

Carrey, meanwhile, had a more humble beginning. Although like Ferrel, Carrey also had a musician father; his family was poorer in the sense that his father had to sell his musical instrument just to pay the hospital bills of his wife. For a time, Carrey and his family had to live in a tent and in a Volkswagen camper.

Acting Styles

Ferrell loved to impersonate characters and among the celebrities whose characters he personified included Alex Trebek, Jesse Ventura, Charles Heston, George W. Bush and James Lipton. Ferrell is widely known as one of the funniest cast members of Saturday Night Live, but in the movies he is known to play dumb characters which allows him to open up his eyes wide in bewilderment and distort his body to express his confusion and innocence.

Carrey has also done some character impersonations, he was brilliant and riveting during his time on 'In Living Color', but his real talent shows on the bigger screen. His acting is said to be a combination of the styles of Jerry Lewis and Robin Williams but he is by all means a natural comic on his own.

Movie Successes

Ferrell got his big break as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Aside from his string of success as an impersonator, he also became widely known for movies like ‘A Night at The Roxbury’, ‘Old School’, ‘Anchorman’, ‘Elf’, ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, ‘Talladega Nights’, ‘Semi-Pro’, ‘Blades of Glory’ and ‘The Other Guys’.

Carrey’s big break on screen was via movies like ‘Ace Ventura: Ace Detective’, ‘The Mask’ (this earned him a Golden Globe nomination, by the way), ‘Dumb and Dumber’, ‘The Cable Guy’, ‘Liar Liar’, ‘The Truman Show’ and ‘Man On The Moon’. The last two movies earned him a Golden Globe award for Best Actor. Carrey later showed that he can go beyond being funny with movies like ‘Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind’ (which got him another Golden Globe nomination) and ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’.


There is indeed nothing like a feel good, funny movie to start your day or take away the stress at the end of it. When it comes to comedy flicks and being funny, there are two actors you’d definitely like to watch – Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey.

  • Background – Ferrell’s interest in acting took form in high school. Jim Carrey lit up In Living Color.
  • Acting style - Will Ferrell is more known for his “dumb” portrayals and character impersonations; Jim Carrey is known for his natural antics, a la Jerry Lewis and Robin Williams.
  • Both are successes in the movie industry

Which comedian is funnier?
  • Will Ferrell
  • Jim Carrey

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  • laura s. . 3+ yrs. ago

you know, will ferrell's bodily humor is easier to take than jim's degenerate insanity. i wish jim were more kid friendly these days

  • Visitor . 3+ yrs. ago

Carrey - Talented Ferrell - Not

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