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The comedy bit involves a fanciful account of the seventies recording session that produced Blue Oyster Cult's soft-rock hit Don't Fear the Reaper. Christopher Walken portrays Bruce Dickinson, a producer intense in his belief that the track requires something extra specifically, "more cowbell."
Up to the challenge is Will Ferrell, the writer of the skit and a master at bumbling, occasionally destructive physical comedy. With the barnyard gong in hand, Ferrell bangs away at the cowbell urgently, although in perfect time.
The rest of the band is dubious, but Walken's character is insistent. "I gotta have more cowbell, baby!"
The repercussions of the sketch continue. Now part of the pop-culture lexicon, the catchphrase "more cowbell" refers to anything that needs a little something extra.
Brad Wheeler, "You gotta have more cowbell, baby," The Globe and Mail, April 6, 2006