Will Ferrell Anchors Real Newscast As Ron Burgundy (Don't Act Like You're Not Impressed)

12/1/2013 8:00 AM PST

"Anchorman 2" didn't need ridiculous promotional idea #4,762 -- but thank God they did it otherwise we wouldn't have seen Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy attempt to anchor a real life newscast in North Dakota.

Ron co-anchored the evening news on KXMB in Bismarck, ND on Saturday with Amber Schatz ... and it is freakin' hysterical.

Not sure what's funnier -- Ferrell attempting to pull off annoying anchor banter with an actual anchor ... or Amber, the sports guy, and the weather guy attempting to hold back their laughter.

Make sure you watch Ron and the Emmy award winning KX news team sign off ... it's world class awkwardness -- and definitely could've used an ovary punch.