How the 'More Cowbell' Sketch on SNL Ruined Christopher Walken's Life

Will Ferrell and the Saturday Night Live team created the "More Cowbell" sketch on April 8, 2000. They also, apparently, “ruined” the life of actor Christopher Walken.

Ferrell was reminded of that moment while talking to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

“Here’s the crazy thing. I go to see Christopher Walken years later, in a play. I say hello to him backstage and he’s like, ‘You know, you’ve ruined my life,'" Ferrell said, impersonating Walken’s distinctive voice: “‘People during curtain call bring cowbells. The other day I went for Italian food for lunch, and the waiter asked if I wanted more cowbell with my pasta bolognese.'"

He added that Walken had a good sense of humor about his place in SNL history, noting that the actor “had a little smile” while discussing the segment's lasting legacy. “From The Deer Hunter to Pulp Fiction to ‘More Cowbell,'" Ferrell joked. "That’s all he gets.”

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