The President doing The Tonight Show is one thing. And when we’re talking Barack Obama, even slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon seems reasonable.
But going on Zach Galifianakis‘ darkly comic Funny Or Die talk show spoof Between Two Ferns?!
Sure, the show has had celebs ranging from Charlize Theron to Justin Bieber, but the President? What kind of crazy free world is he the leader of??
The show’s co-creator Scott Aukerman, whom you might know as the host of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, says it was the White House that first reached out to comedy filmmakers to try to get the word out on the Affordable Care Act. He says:
“I pretty much went there as the ambassador for Between Two Ferns, just to say, ‘Hey! We’d love to do one with the president.’
Zach and I didn’t really think that anything would come of it. I mean, we’d been hearing rumors that President Obama has perhaps been interested in doing the show for quite a few years now and it never really panned out. And then months and months went by and nothing really happened with it. So, approximately three weeks ago, we heard that if it was ever going to happen, it was going to be now, so we should get ready and prep.
It really came around in a week. We heard he was interested, and Zach and I prepped and wrote up a treatment for them to look at, with what we wanted to do with the video and how we wanted to approach it. 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. So, to their credit, they actually stayed out of our way with it. But yeah, within a week Zach and I had pitched what we wanted to do, they accepted it, and we flew out to the White House and filmed it.”
Wow. We have to give mad props to Obama and the White House for being such good sports! We mean, the video is REALLY funny!
And educational! Who knew the Prez could slam like that? We guess all those political debates were just warm-ups! LOLz!
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