Ron Burgundy was a busy, busy man last night. The second season of The Ron Burgundy Podcast (available on iHeartRadio) just kicked off, and in celebration, the man treated us to not just one ~exclusive~ stand-up debut, but six. Yes, six.
Late night television wasn’t ready as San Diego’s most legendary newscaster visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Whew.
Of course, we can’t help but wonder exactly how he managed to be at six shows that tape around the same time and on two separate coasts, but we’re not gonna stress it. Take it from Ron Burgundy himself; “Don’t fret your pretty little head about it—it’s science,” he told Colbert. Thank god for science (or wizardry?), because Ron Burgundy appearing on all the late-night shows is exactly what the internet has been waiting for.
During his sets (which, yes, were all different), nothing was off limits, from trade war with Canada, heckling New York Yankees players to his beef with our fave Canadian boy (whose birthday it just happened to be!) Shawn Mendes. Oh yeah. He went there.
“He stole some of my songs and my singing style, when he goes to that falsetto,” Burgundy said on The Tonight Show, of course demonstrating said falsetto. “And I wrote that song about Camila Cabello because she broke my heart,” he said claiming Shawn stole the hit song “If I Can’t Have You.”
It’s a strange feeling when you realize we live in a world where Ron Burgundy is aware of Shawnmila.
Rolling into the late-late slot with a whole new array of TMI stories, truth bombs and hot takes, Burgundy/Ferrell updated fans about a recent root canal (yikes) and his struggle with PayPal, then dug into Trump and his wall and even offered up a little animal bit (as all good comedians have up their sleeves). Have you ever seen James Corden looking that uncomfortable?
We have to admit, the feeling of unease is mutual since it’s hard to fathom that Ron Burgundy even knows Trump is president (and yet, he’s interviewing presidential candidates on his podcast). Burgundy dialed that uncanniness up to an 11 when he brought on a special friend for his Late Night routine. He was joined by a tat-sleeved hipster dummy from Brooklyn named J.J, and honestly, it was some next level weird performance art.
The moral of this story? Someone get Ron Burgundy his own talk show, because the dude shouldn’t be restricted to a podcast. Also, do these stints count as a pitch for Anchorman 3?