CS video: Scott Aukerman & Lauren Lapkus talk Between Two Ferns: The Movie
ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to sit down with Between Two Ferns co-creator/writer/director Scott Aukerman alongside Lauren Lapkus (Crashing) to discuss the upcoming film adaptation of the Funny or Die series, including the laundry list of celebrities roped in for cameos in the Netflix project. The interview can be viewed in the player below and the film is hitting the streaming service on September 20!
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.
Celebrity cameos include Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Tiffany Haddish, Brie Larson, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm, David Letterman, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, John Cho, Chance the Rapper, Rashida Jones, Hailee Steinfeld, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and Tessa Thompson.
The original series, which began in 2008 and has released 21 episodes and one Comedy Central special, focused on Galifianakis (The Hangover) as he hosted a low budget talk show between the titular potted plants with many big-name actors and celebrities. In the series, Galifianakis often acted inappropriately, including jabs between the guests and the host, with the 49-year-old comedian maintaining an antagonistic attitude with the guest for the majority of the short interviews. There would also be many deliberate errors made in the editing and by Galifianakis in a similar manner to low-budget public access TV.
The series drew in large viewership for the comedy channel through some of the interviews, with the episodes featuring guests President Barack Obama receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike while his 2016 sit down with then-Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drew in more than 30 million views in 24 hours, setting the record for the highest viewership for the site. Other popular interviews have been between Galifianakis and Justin Bieber, in which he referenced his public meltdown, Brad Pitt, in which he threw jabs towards his marriage to Angelina Jolie and prior marriage to Jennifer Aniston, and Bradley Cooper, in which his Hangover co-star berated the comedian for his joking nature and broke one of the potted plants over Galifianakis’ head.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie is set to hit Netflix on September 20!