As surreal in its own way as the faux talk-show that became a viral sensation on its way to the big screen, Between Two Ferns: The Movie defies description. On the surface, the Netflix film may seem like an unnecessary expansion of a bite-sized idea, a post-modern version of the kinds of movies churned out in the 1990s based on Saturday Night Live sketches. But that post-modern sensibility means that even the streaming film’s shoestring plot is itself a deadpan gag, one more part of the Mobius strip of ultra-dry humor that star Zach Galifianakis and writer/director Scott Aukerman are known for. This movie won’t land on everyone’s wavelength, but for those who fit its style, it’s a delight.
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If you heard that a web series from Funny or Die was being turned into a feature film, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is probably the last one you’d expect. But here we are with the first Between Two Ferns: The Movie trailer, teasing the adaptation of the hilarious talk show that has the Hangover star poorly interviewing some of the most famous celebrities around. And there’s actually some semblance of a story tying a whole new roster of interviews together. Watch below. Read More »
Between Two Ferns started off as a viral internet bit: Zach Galifianakis interviews celebrities while sitting between two ferns. The satire of low-budget public access interviews, with Galifianakis playing an outlandish version of a host who would actively antagonize his guests, originated on Scott Aukerman and B. J. Porter’s Fox sketch pilot The Right Now! Show before it got picked up in 2008 by Funny Or Die, where it became a much-loved ongoing webseries that maintained its hokey, low-budget appeal even as Galifianakis’s star exploded.
Now, Between Two Ferns has caught up to Galifianakis’s movie star status: It’s becoming a movie. Netflix has released the Between Two Ferns first look images at the feature film based on the web series that interviewed Barack Obama that one time.
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At the end of last year, we heard the surprising and perplexing news that the Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis was being turned into a movie. The project was already filming at the time, but any details beyond a handful of guests were still under wraps. But that changed today with news on a story that will connect a series of celebrity interviews with The Hangover star, as well as a release date on Netflix. Get all the details on the Between Two Ferns movie below. Read More »
Zach Galifianakis‘ awkward web series is getting its own film at Netflix.
Yes, a Between Two Ferns movie has already secretly begun filming for the streaming service, and no, we have no idea why they’d choose to make a movie instead of just making more individual episodes. Learn more about the film version below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video essay explores the art of sales by looking at the unconventional methods of Michael Scott from The Office. Plus, the Zack Galifianaikis web series Between Two Ferns returns with two new guests, and The Simpsons voice star Hank Azaria breaks down his career on the big and small screen. Read More »
Since we’re right in the middle of election season, we’re undoubtedly going to be seeing presidential candidates popping up everywhere leading up to November. Most appearances will be very serious in nature on various news programs, talks shows and more, but every now and then we’ll get to have some laughs at their expense too.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared on a new episode of Funny or Die’s ongoing web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and though it’s not quite as charming or funny as Barack Obama’s appearance back in 2014, there are still some really good laughs to be had here.
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The latest victim, er, guest for Zach Galifianakis on his fictional talk show Between Two Ferns is Brad Pitt. You could cut the tension with a knife! Will Galifianakis botch his guest’s name? Will he ask awkward questions, and reveal too much about himself in the process? I think you know the answer to this question, but as with any good piece of storytelling, spoilers don’t matter. It’s not what happens, but how.
OK, it actually is about what happens, because a disruptor shows up to throw a little spice into the proceedings. We won’t spoil that part here, just watch below. Read More »
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This is kind of amazing. We’ve run many episodes of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. We’ve seen quite a few guests squirm uncomfortably as the fake talk show gives Galifianakis a chance to skewer their work and his own persona. But we’ve never seen something quite like an episode that gets President Barack Obama on Between Two Ferns.
Sure, he’s there to plug healthcare.gov, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take potshots at the Hangover movies and promise to keep the First Lady well away from Galifianakis. Obama can deploy a simple “seriously?” like no one else; I wish we could see him throwing that around in political conversations, too, but this is good enough. Read More »
Zach Galifianakis‘ talk show Between Two Ferns made its triumphant return to Funny Or Die yesterday with a special Oscar Buzz Edition.
In Part one of this special, which we posted yesterday, Galifianakis talked to Oscar contenders Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Naomi Watts (The Impossible) and Amy Adams (The Master).
Today we bring you Part 2 of the hilariously and awkwardly interview series, this time featuring Bradley Cooper (Silver Lining Playbook), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Sally Field (Lincoln) and another special guest from Lincoln. Watch part two of the interview special after the jump.
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