Shared September 24, 2019
Zach Galifianakis is the host of Between Two Ferns, which, in case you've been living under a rock, is probably the most unique, uncomfortable, and hilarious talk show of the decade. And while you may have binged every cringe-worthy webisode, there are still some things you might not know about everybody's favorite faux-public access program.
Long before he hosted IFC's surreal, partially scripted talk show Comedy Bang Bang, L.A. comedy scene veteran Scott Aukerman sold a pilot for a late-night sketch comedy series to Fox called The Right Now! Show. Aukerman told Splitsider:
"I just knew I wanted to work with Zach on something. So we had money and I just said, 'Hey, whatever you want to do, let's do.'"
Galifianakis came back, according to Aukerman, with a "pretty much fully formed idea" for a segment on the pilot, including a title and its look.
Galifianakis told Entertainment Weekly:
"It also kind of came out of this celebrity worship culture that we have somehow adopted in our American psyche, and it was just a knee-jerk reaction to that. You know, just kind of making fun of the sycophantic interviewers that kiss the Hollywood machine. But I didn't want to prank anyone. I didn't want it to be mean-spirited. I wanted the people I was interviewing to be in on the joke."
Fox ultimately didn't pick up the potential SNL competitor The Right Now! Show, but Funny or Die was into it - well, just the Between Two Ferns part. And thus, entertainment was changed forever.
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Between Two Ferns: Sole survivor | 0:17
Penn-sive | 1:13
A presidential appearance | 2:24
All you need is ferns | 3:37
A man can dream… | 4:32
Sorry, Donny | 5:33
Zach Galafianakis: Talk show veteran | 6:19
Movie magic | 7:34
Like a lunatic wrote it | 8:41
Saying goodbye to the ferns | 9:41
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