Between Two Ferns
- 1 Season
Between Two Ferns with comedian Zach Galifianakis is a mock interview show from the Funny or Die website and the Comedy Central network. Galifianakis plays a mean-spirited, disorganized and relentlessly insulting host to an impressive array of celebrities from Will Ferrell to Bruce Willis. The show takes place on a rickety, low budget set with folding chairs. This satire on TV talk shows does contain material best suited to mature viewers, such as swearing, references to sexuality and heated arguments. Galifianakis' deadpan delivery perfectly suits this dark twist on celebrity interviews. Instead of the usual friendly banter, the host mocks Steve Carrell for having a big nose, or pushes A-lister Jennifer Aniston aside in order to focus on internet celebrity Tila Tequila. He starts a physical fight with his The Hangover co-star Bradley Cooper. The humor can be crude, as when Galifianakis wetly sneezes on Mad Men star Jon Hamm's pants or when he asks actress Natalie Portman about her personal grooming habits. Playing against the stereotype of deferential TV interviewers, Galifianakis asks inappropriate or hostile questions of his famous guests, with the guests walking out on the interview or trading barbs with the host. Interviews are also often interrupted with sponsor messages or technical difficulties, like a fire breaking out on the set. The episodes run for a few minutes and originally appeared on the Funny or Die website. An expanded version appears on the Comedy Central channel. Guests have included Oscar-winning actors like Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, as well as actual talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien. The series also gives stars the chance to step outside their usual public personas and poke fun at themselves, as when Bruce Willis tearfully yearns for his 80's heyday or nice guy Steve Carrell calls Galifianakis fat. For fans of Zach Galifianakis as a movie comedian, the Between Two Ferns episodes showcase his unique take on Hollywood life.