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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis launched on the sketch comedy website Funny or Die back in 2008. The premise is pretty simple: the show uses public access production values while comedian Zach Galifianakis plays a deadpan, cutting interviewer talking to celebrities. A typical interaction will be something like Galifianakis asking Ben Stiller if he ever thought about going into comedy like his parents, and Stiller quietly stewing. The premise works because not only does Galifianakis have great comic delivery and timing, but because it works as a surreal, inverse take on the fawning celebrity interview. It lets us indulge the fantasy of what if you had a horribly unprepared and unprofessional person talking to the biggest celebrities and there were no negative consequences. Scott Aukerman’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie tries to take this sketch and expand it into a movie with mixed results. The interview portions are still hilarious, but the road trip plot is the weak thread trying to tie everything together.
Zach Galifianakis and his crew (played by Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Gaul, and Jiavani Linayao) work at a public access channel in North Carolina where Zach has founded unexpected success interviewing celebrities and then having those interviews uploaded to Funny or Die. After accidentally and temporarily killing Matthew McConaughey during an interview, Funny or Die’s chief Will Ferrell makes Zach an offer. If Zach can deliver ten interviews in two weeks, then not only is all forgiven, but Zach will get his dream job of doing a late-night talk show on a real network. Zach and his crew hit the road and proceed to make celebrities uncomfortable.
Aukerman - Galifianakis - Plot - Character - Arc
Aukerman and Galifianakis didn’t really bother with much of a plot or a character arc when they wrote the script. The exchange seems to be that Netflix gave them a lot...
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