There was talk last year of Zach Galifianakis’ Emmy Award-winning Funny or Die talk show series Between Two Ferns being turned into a movie. And Netflix just confirmed the worldwide release date: 20 September 2019.
Written by Scott Aukerman and Zach Galifianakis, it will also be directed by Aukerman—who’s directed all the episodes so far, and is also famous for his wildly ridiculous 2017 Netflix movie, Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special.
There’s been some confusion among fans about how they could possibly extend the quick interview format into a full-length feature, but according to Netflix’s official synopsis, they’ve tackled that with a road trip.
“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.”
As in the webseries, Between Two Ferns: The Movie also features “celebrities you’ve heard of”, though no specific names have been revealed yet.
For those late to the party, BTF started in 2008 with Galifianakis engaging celebrity guests in deeply awkward interviews. He pretends he doesn’t know some of them, with others he gets deliciously hostile, dismissive or simply bored. Guests play along and give back as good as they get, and it all makes for a highly engaging watch.
Past appearances include A-listers from Hollywood, rock and pop stars from the music industry, as well as President Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.
Let’s help you play catch-up with some of our favourite episodes:
1. With Jerry Seinfeld & Cardi B
In which he asks Seinfeld, “You have Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, James Corden has Carpool Karaoke… What’s next in lazy car-based non-comedy?
2. With ‘Hangover’ co-star, Bradley Cooper
In which he asks if Cooper’s one of those showbiz types because he lives in LA, while standup comic Scott Thompson (Carrot Top) types loudly on his phone behind them for no reason. “So you’ve hosted SNL?” he asks Cooper.
“Yeah it was like a dream come true.”
And then they beat each other up.
3. With President Barack Obama (“Community Organiser”)
In which he asks Obama, “What does it feel like to be the last black President?” Glossing over Obama’s response, he continues, “It must kinda stink that you can’t run three times…”
“No, actually I think it’s a good idea,” Obama shoots back. “If I ran a third time, it’d be like doing a third Hangover movie…”
“What did you come to plug?” Galifianakis rolls his eyes. While Obama tries to quickly explain the Affordable Healthcare Act, his host grows increasingly impatient, sighing loudly and interrupting him with utter nonsense:
4. With Justin Bieber
In which he asks the pop star, “You’ve had three hairstyles, what’s next for your career?”
5. With Steve Carell
In which Carell preempts Galifianakis and brings printouts of his set of own insult jokes aimed at his host before he can get to Carell. Galifianakis bursts out crying.
“Is Carell really your last name?” Galifianakis asks. “No? What is it, Pinocchio?”