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Watch Will Ferrell’s touching shout-out to the straight man behind his class clown

(I swear that headline didn’t sound so Upworthy-worthy in my head.)

It comes as no surprise that Will Ferrell was a class clown — but would you have guessed that the professor who was the target of his pranks would actually be the one egging him on to become the uninhibited entertainer that he is today? Ferrell shared the story in a recent commencement speech and again on Thursday’s Conan.

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