Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
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Genre Comedy, Talk show
Presented by Zach Galifianakis
No. of episodes 20 (and 1 special) (List of episodes)
Original channel Funny or Die
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original run January 4, 2008 – present
External links

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is an Emmy award winning internet comedy series that appears on the video website Funny or Die.


As the show's title suggests, host Zach Galifianakis conducts celebrity interviews sitting with his guests between two potted ferns.[1] The set intentionally resembles a low-budget amateur production for public-access television.[1] Galifianakis maintains an awkward and often antagonistic demeanor with his guests, asking them bizarre and inappropriate questions mixed with offhand non-sequiturs. Episodes often include a segment in which Galifianakis awkwardly interrupts his guests to promote a sponsor's product—examples include bananas, the video game Need for Speed: Shift, and (most frequently) Speed Stick deodorant. The series' theme music is Dave Blume's arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's theme from Taxi Driver, which is on the original Taxi Driver soundtrack album but was not included in the film.


The show originated as a short film on Scott Aukerman and B.J. Porter's Fox sketch pilot The Right Now! Show, a spin-off of their Comedy Death-Ray live show. After the network declined to pick up the show, the duo put the short up on the website Funny Or Die, where it made a successful transition to an internet series.

Discussing the show on ABC News Now, Galifianakis said "The sycophantic way that Hollywood machine runs – it's fun to make fun of it. That's how 'Between Two Ferns' started." Guests aren't told what will happen in advance, according to Galifianakis, "They agree to come. There is no discussion beforehand...It just happens, no real prep, no organization whatsoever." He said "inappropriateness is really fun to me...That is kind of the take on 'Between Two Ferns' – inappropriate humor."[2]

The Chicago Tribune described it as "surreal improv...a talk show that's more of a charming critique of the faked intimacy of celebrity interviews than a talk show."[3]

It was nominated for an Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs Emmy at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.[3] The episode featuring President Barack Obama was timed to encourage Americans to sign up for health insurance at -- with becoming at one point the top referrer to the government site [4] -- and won Outstanding Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.[5]


No. Guest(s) Release date Views
1 Michael Cera January 4, 2008 15[6]
2 Jimmy Kimmel April 17, 2008 6.4[7]
3 Jon Hamm December 12, 2008 7[8]
4 Natalie Portman May 6, 2009 17[9]
5 Bradley Cooper and Carrot Top May 25, 2009 12[10]
6 Charlize Theron September 7, 2009 10[11]
7 Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter and Andy Dick November 16, 2009 8.9[12]
8 Ben Stiller March 16, 2010 9.8[13]
9 Steve Carell July 27, 2010 16[14]
10 Sean Penn August 31, 2010 7.9[15]
11 Bruce Willis October 12, 2010 9.7[16]
12 Tila Tequila and Jennifer Aniston February 8, 2011 9.1[17]
13 Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm May 22, 2011 11[18]
14 Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams February 11, 2013 6.3[19]
15 Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, Emmanuel Lewis, and Bradley Cooper February 12, 2013 3.6[20]
16 James Franco, Edward Norton, & The Lonely Island May 7, 2013 1.8[21]
17 Justin Bieber September 26, 2013 24[22]
18 Tobey Maguire, Samuel L. Jackson, and Arcade Fire December 18, 2013 4.3[23]
19 President Barack Obama March 11, 2014 26[24]
20 Brad Pitt and Louis C.K. October 22, 2014 12.5[25]


Guest(s) Release date Views
Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and Richard Branson May 2, 2012 3.2


  1. ^ a b "Zach and Bruce Willis on Between Two Ferns". TIME. 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zach Galifianakis: Comedy's Sensitive, Sarcastic Sensation". ABC News. 6 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Christopher Borrelli (4 April 2012). "'Seven Minutes in Heaven': The not-so-fine art of the awkward kiss". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ Variety
  5. ^ Emmy Nominations
  6. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Michael Cera from Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Comedy Deathray, and BJPorter". 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Jimmy Kimmel". 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  8. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Jon Hamm". 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  9. ^ "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Natalie Portman". 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  10. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Bradley Cooper". 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  11. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Charlize Theron". 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  12. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Conan O'Brien & Andy Richter". 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  13. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Ben Stiller". 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  14. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Steve Carell". 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  15. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Sean Penn". 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  16. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Bruce Willis". 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  17. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Tila Tequila". 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  18. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Will Ferrell". 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  19. ^ "Between Two Ferns: Oscar Buzz Edition Part 1". 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  20. ^ "Between Two Ferns: Oscar Buzz Edition Part 2". 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  21. ^ "Between Two Ferns: James Franco". 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  22. ^ "Between Two Ferns: Justin Bieber". 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  23. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Happy Holidays Edition". 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  24. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  25. ^ "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt". 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 

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