• Netflix turning Between Two Ferns into a movie…somehow

    Between Two Ferns, the viral online talk show hosted by Zach Galifianakis known for its extreme awkwardness, is heading to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered a movie based on the show and production is already underway. Co-creator Scott Aukerman of Comedy Bang! Bang! fame is directing. No other details have come out such as plot or how they plan to turn a short interview show into a feature length film or if Barack Obama is coming back. But it’s happening.

    Between Two Ferns premiered in 2008. Originally part of a pilot by Aukerman and B.J. Porter that didn’t get picked up, they put the short segment featuring guest Michael Cera up on Funny Or Die and it quickly turned into a successful web series. In the show, Galifianakis hosts as an exaggerated version of himself. The set and the show itself are styled after low-budget cable access talk shows, with the guest and host sitting and talking between the titular ferns. He often insults the guests or asks inappropriate questions. According to Galifianakis, almost no prep is done before the show and the guests do not know what he is going to ask or do.

    The show gained massive popularity and attracted high profile guests. In a 2014 episode, the Baskets star interviewed President Barack Obama. The episode was an effort to get people to enroll for the Affordable Care Act at Healthcare.gov (which you can still do through December 15). After the episode aired, it was the largest single referrer to Healthcare.gov for that time period. In 2016, Galifianakis interviewed Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, and the episode’s initial 30 million views remain the highest viewership for any Funny Or Die video in the first 24 hours.

    No release date is known for the upcoming movie.

    Erek Smith

    Erek Smith is a writer, performer, and musician living in NYC. He is a contributor at The Hard Times, a wrestler for Xtremely Serious Wrestling, bass player for Vajra and Muscle Before Paradise, and member of comedy collective Trash. He can be found at his twitter @Erek_Smith.

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