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Will Ferrell, Chad Smith, Brandi Carlile and two members of Pearl Jam make ‘One Classy Night’ a laugh

It was a hilarious, heartfelt gathering of friends from several different bands — and one famous funnyman — who came together to raise money for nonprofit Cancer for College.

Brandi Carlile’s first three concerts were Judds shows at The Puyallup Fair. When she had to leave one of them early, Naomi Judd waved goodbye. Like a queen.

Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was once in a band called Tyrant.

Will Ferrell once came upon Tupac Shakur sitting in a chair backstage at “Saturday Night Live.” They greeted each other like children. “Hi!” Ferrell said. “Hi!” the late, great rapper replied.

And when faced with heroes like Prince and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam was so nervous he could only think to ask equipment-related questions to which neither guitar god knew the answer.

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“One Classy Night” at The Moore Theater Monday night wasn’t “classy” at all. It was a hilarious, heartfelt gathering of friends from several different bands — and one famous funnyman — who came together to raise money for Cancer for College, a nonprofit that, since 1993, has provided $2.3 million in scholarships to students who have survived cancer.

Last night’s event raised more than $300,000 for the charity.

“The dueling do-gooder doppelgängers strike Seattle again!” Smith said of himself and Ferrell, who have made second careers of looking alarmingly alike.

Ferrell was there in support of Cancer for College founder Craig Pollard, who was his fraternity brother at The University of Southern California. (It also explains why Seahawks coach Pete Carroll — former coach of the USC Trojans — was in the fourth row.)

The night started with McCready asking Carlile, Smith and Ferrell a series of questions about musical influences, first concerts and meeting their heroes.

Ferrell recalled joining The Columbia House Record…

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