Watch Zach Galifianakis Nearly Drown Matthew McConaughey In Between Two Ferns: The Movie

04 September 2019
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In the early 2000s, back when most of us were huddled over a school laptop playing bubble shooter and trying to get a word in on the 89+ MSN group chat, it was also likely that a number of those group chat messages related to a shared Between Two Ferns episode on the Funny or Die YouTube channel.

For the uninitiated (of which there are few), Between Two Ferns is still the only talk show worth watching. In each episode, Galifianakis plays host, a most awkward and exasperated version of himself, and interviews a range of celebrities from Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt, and Natalie Portman. Granted, that pretty much sounds like your average talk show but the joke lies in the fact that it’s always bad. The interviews are so cringe worthy, at times it’s hard to watch. But you do, because it’s hilarious. And every celebrity tends to play a very straight, vaguely humourless version of themselves.

The show comes from Comedy Bang Bang host, Scott Aukerman, and those familiar with his work will recognise his trademark humour in each skit. It’s hard to say whether Aukerman and Galifianakis anticipated for the show to have such a wide reach, or for it to be so adored by fans. But when you get Barack Obama on the show for an episode, you’re doing something right. And whenever something is going right, you can guarantee Netflix will want in on it, too.

Case in point: Between Two Ferns: The Movie.

The premise 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.”

The trailer looks hilariously absurd, much like the show itself. But it also features a slew of big names, including: 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.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie will be released on Netflix on September 20

Via GQ Australia