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‘Stay classy, USC:’ Ferrell to speak at graduation

LOS ANGELES — “Stay classy, Trojans.”

That twist on Will Ferrell’s catchphrase from “Anchorman” could come in handy when the comic actor gives an address at this year’s commencement at the University of Southern California.

USC announced Ferrell’s role Thursday, saying in a statement he’ll be the featured speaker at the May 12 ceremony.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum is also a USC grad, and one of its most famous fans and biggest boosters.

He graduated from the Los Angeles school with a degree in sports information in 1990 and is often seen walking the sidelines of Trojans football games.

USC gave no indication of what Ferrell will talk about, but his bestknown line from “Talledega Nights” may work just fine, especially for the class’s valedictorian: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

Chappelle debuts 2 specials this March on Netflix

NEW YORK — Comedian Dave Chappelle is headed back to TV with his first concert specials in a dozen years — two of them. Both premiere March 21, exclusively on Netflix.

The hour-long specials are from his personal vault. “Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin” was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles in March 2016. “Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas” was filmed at the Moody Theater in Austin in April 2015.

He’s currently on the road in preparation for a third Netflix special.

Chappelle’s comedy career includes movie roles in “The Nutty Professor,” “Con Air” and “Blue Streak.” In 2003, he achieved heightened fame and critical acclaim as the mastermind of his Comedy Central sketch series, “Chappelle’s Show,” only to abruptly exit the series in its third season.

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