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Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns: The Movie Announced

Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns: The Movie Announced

Zach Galifianakis' long-running interview series Between Two Ferns is going to be made into a Netflix feature film.

Premiering on Netflix on 20 September, the film directed by Scott Aukerman and produced by the Funny or Die crew, will star Zach, and feature 'celebrities you've heard of'.

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Funny or Die is both a video website and a film and TV production company, founded by comedy giants like Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Michael Kvamme and Chris Henchy.

The synopsis for the film reads: "Zach Galifianakis dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show Between Two Ferns and uploaded it to Funny Or Die, Zach became a viral laughing stock.

"Now Zach and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation. Directed by Scott Aukerman, Between Two Ferns: The Movie is a laugh-out-loud comedy that gives new insight into the curmudgeonly, beloved outsider Zach Galifianakis has created over the years."

Between Two Ferns, which was shown on and produced by Funny or Die, is basically Zach awkwardly interviewing some of the world's biggest names. Previous guests have included Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - with Arcade Fire performing on one.

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Between Two Ferns has featured the likes of Hillary Clinton. Credit: Funny or Die
Between Two Ferns has featured the likes of Hillary Clinton. Credit: Funny or Die

Although he technically plays himself in the film, like the TV series, he will play the same exaggerated version of himself that seems to have been winning critics over.

Although there were fairly regular episodes of the show between 2008 and 2014, over the past few years there have only been two - one in 2016 featured Hillary Clinton and then another last year, which included Jerry Seinfeld and Cardi B.

Speaking to Vulture in 2014, Aukerman explained how they managed to enlist then-President Barack Obama for the mock chat show.

He said: "For me, the most important thing was that it didn't come across as an advertisement. I really wanted it to be a funny, normal Between Two Ferns video. And the great part about it was that the White House was very accommodating of that and didn't want to get in the way of our process.

"They didn't want it to be just any kind of ad; they knew that it had to be funny and it had to be what we normally do for anyone to actually watch it."

Featured Image Credit: Funny or Die

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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