Will Ferrell keeps USC laughing with speech

LOS ANGELES — He’s been a race-car driver, a Santa’s elf, a TV anchorman and now that he leaves the University of Southern California with an honorary doctorate in hand, Will Ferrell told fellow graduates Friday that he’s ready to deliver a baby on an airliner.

“Hopefully it will be on United Airlines, from which I will be immediately subdued and dragged off the aircraft,” Ferrell added to roars of laughter as he delivered the commencement address to USC’s 134th graduating class.

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor-writer-producer arrived at the podium on the university’s campus near downtown in full graduation regalia, including a black, white-striped gown.

For the most part, he shyly ignored a huge ovation as he walked in with other distinguished guests, including actress Helen Mirren, instead waving quickly to family and friends that included his mother, his wife and their three children.