For the last 20 years, Will Ferrell has been crushing it. From Saturday Night Live and Funny Or Die to Old School, Anchorman and, of course, Elf, Will Ferrell has emerged as one of the world's most prolific and popular comics. Still, in spite of how familiar Will has become, there remains a lot that you might not know about him. With new film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues set for release he's surely going to stay classy. Also on this episode: Jay Onrait gives some unsolicited advice and The Panel of Jessica Holmes, Bobby Mair and Fraser Young tackle funny videos.
East London-raised only child Idris Elba became involved in acting at an early age. Kicking off his career playing small roles on the BBC (Absolutely Fabulous, Bramwell, Ruth Rendell Mysteries). Idris Elba ventured to the U.S. to flex his acting muscles. Since then Elba has played a wide range of characters from Beyonce's husband in Obsessed, monster fighter in Pacific Rim to Detective John Luther in the award-winning BBC series Luther. George, who counts Elba's work in The Wire series, speaks with him about the humbling experience of portraying the late Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This episode will also feature a special Red Chair tribute to Mandela.
Ian Rankin is the internationally bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His books have been translated into 36 languages and are bestsellers on several continents. His most recent novel is Saints of the Shadow Bible. Other mysteries in this episode: Linwood Barclay filming an edition of the Complaints Department and Gavin Crawford, Evan Carter and Naomi Snieckus contemplate holiday gifts on The Panel.
Mark McMorris has reached heights far greater than the makeshift ramps at the local strip mall where he honed his skills with his older brother, Craig. Despite the lack of slopes in their hometown of Regina, the brothers became world-class champion snowboarders, growing up against each other in competitive wakeboardering, skateboarding, boat racing, golfing, hockey, and nearly everything else. Their world has been documented in their MTV Canada series, McMorris & McMorris. The Panel of Ryan McMahon, Bobby Mair, Rebecca Kohler will go for comedy gold in this Olympics-themed episode.
Friday's going to be dedicated to books this week. Marisha Pessl, the author of bestseller Night Film will let us into the world of Stanislas Cordova, the story's enigmatic, creepy film director and antagonist. Eric Schlosser, the man behind Fast Food Nation, recently spent six years deep inside the world of nuclear weapons for his latest book: a hair-raising, minute-by-minute account of the heroic efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile in Damascus Arkansas. And in a special season 10 from-the-vaults moment, we'll revisit George's interview with the late Christopher Hitchens.