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"Sorry, can you repeat that? I’m playing the new South Park video game. It’s amazing!" The interview has just started, and Chris Hardwick is already apologizing over the phone from his L.A. home. Had almost anyone else mentioned there were gaming in the middle of a conversation, the statement might be considered borderline rude. But come on: This is the man they call "The Nerdist," who's built an empire out of reviewing gadgets, internet binging and hosting conversations with past and present genre icons. It's that passion »
Turns out, President Barack Obama has a loyal—and intelligent—friend in Bradley Cooper. In a new post titled "Behind the Obamacare surprise," Politico reports that the Silver Linings Playbook star played a crucial role in facilitating the Potus' appearance on the mock-interview show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, which lead to a massive surge in Obamacare enrollment. With girlfriend Suki Waterhouse by his side, the 39-year-old actor visited the White House on Feb. 11 for a state dinner honoring President François Hollande where he met with Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to "brainstorm ideas about how to help get the word out on Obamacare," the site »
Funny or Die's crusade to get as many people signed up for health insurance by March 31 continues. First President Barack Obama appeared on "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis," now "Parks and Recreation" star Adam Scott has revisited his memorable role as a scumbag from "Step Brothers."
The video includes cameos by Mark Cuban, Jeff Probst and Chris Daughty. What is important though, is the impassioned speech Scott gives as Derek Hough. He doesn't need health insurance. He drinks antifreeze, is riddled with concussions and and finds his multiple experiences being struck by lightning erotic. Who needs healthcare when that's your life?
Of course, none of that helps when he trips and breaks his ankle. He must be wishing for Obamacare now. »
President Obama’s appearance in early March 2014 on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis accomplished two things. One, it helped push Americans to Healthcare.gov in statistically significant numbers. And two, it drew the ire of conventionally conservative news programs with critiques of unpresidential behavior. Stephen Colbert has a rather comprehensive clip showcasing the on-air criticisms Potus received from a number of different Fox news reporters, anchors, and hosts after his online video publicity stunt. The critique that resonated most with the press came from Bill O’Reilly, who expressed his opinion that Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have been part of what he believes to have been a disrespectful shill. Here’s the segment from Colbert Report: O’Reilly’s critique resonated with Obama, too. The President of the United States defended his nontraditional media appearance on the web series during another non traditional media appearance »
- Joshua Cohen
Continuing to urge Americans to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage before the March 31 deadline, President Obama today turned to the woman who’d broken his re-tweet record, Ellen DeGeneres. Obama appeared on her syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show via live shot from the White House – his first appearance on the show since being elected to the White House. It’s been about a week since Obama appeared on the Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis to tout the benefits of Obamacare; some members of the media had a field day with that one, but they’re pretty busy now with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane story so you may not see so much hair-tearing about today’s appearance, in which Potus discusses his having eaten carrot sticks with potato chips while Flotus Michelle Obama is in China with their daughters; his Practically Perfect »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
IFC has unveiled a slate of new and returning comedy projects, along with projects in development, ahead of its upfront tonight in New York. New programming for 2015 includes American Documentary (working title), a docu-parody created by Saturday Night Live vets Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers; and American Storage (working title), a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant). IFC is also collaborating with CollegeHumor on the first-ever Comedy Music Awards, a satire of traditional awards shows incorporating the best of the comedy and music worlds. Returning for an expanded fourth season is Comedy Bang! Bang! hosted by Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis), and a sophomore season of its original sketch comedy The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Zoolander), featuring the La comedy troupe of the same name. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
President Barack Obama is following up his triumphant appearance on “Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis” with an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Obama will appear on the syndicated talk show on Thursday via a live shot from the White House. See video: President Obama Says Zach Galifianakis ‘Was Actually Pretty Nervous’ During ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview Much like his turn on Galifianakis’ Funny or Die video series, Obama will use the appearance to encourage citizens without health insurance to sign up for coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Except, presumably, with fewer ferns. This will mark Obama's first appearance on. »
- Tim Kenneally
Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn't leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, »
- Jason Barr
Earlier this week, we couldn't help but smile when we saw pics of President Barack Obama shopping for the ladies in his life at the Gap, and now the Potus is opening up about his recent shopping spree. The father of two phoned into On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Thursday, where he dished on his trip to the popular retailer, as well as his comical appearance on Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis while encouraging young folks to sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act. But before he shared a few fun anecdotes, the president got right down to business and stressed that there are many more Americans who should sign up for the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010 with the goal of increasing »
Watch President Barack Obama on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. President Barack Obama recently appeared on Zach Galifianakis‘ Show on FunnyorDie.com. President Obama sparred with the comedian, delivering more than a few zingers and derived laughs at the expense of the obnoxious host. The Us President [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
See President Barack Obama like you’ve never seen him before! Don’t worry–it’s nothing salacious or something horrible. But you will see him flex his deadpan comedic chops on Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.” The web short featured the President get awkwardly interviewed by Galifianakis to hilarious effect. A lot of the time, Galifianakis will take the mick out of his guests, and the President is no exception to the rule. But the President also gets tons of digs at Galifianakis, particularly when it comes to “The Hangover” films. So why was President Obama on Funny or Die? He was doing what he has been doing for [ Read More ]
So President Barack Obama’s appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis on Funny or Die seems to have worked. Potus was on the program to not only trade insults with the Hangover star, but turn the young kids these days onto the healthcare options available at Healthcare.gov. Senior Communications Advisor to the White House Tara McGuinness tweeted earlier on Tuesday that a decent chunk of the individuals who have now viewed the video more than 7.9 million times since its release at 10:30Am Et on March 11, 2014 have clicked over to the website set up by the Affordable Care Act. http://t.co/FrO24hdvcA is the #1 source of referrals to http://t.co/0r93BavlrV right now. — Tara McGuinness (@HealthCareTara) March 11, 2014 What site used to be the top referrer to HealthCare.gov and what the referrals from FunnyOrDie.com equate to in terms of actual visits is not clear, »
- Joshua Cohen
Say what you want about his politics, but President Obama definitely has a sense of humor.
The leader of the free world appeared on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis to promote the Affordable Care Act, and EW talked with director/producer Scott Aukerman, who co-created the series in 2008, about filming in the White House, Obama’s improv skills, and how they thought the whole thing wasn’t going to happen until the last minute.
The viral video has already racked up more than 6 million views in less than one day on the Funny or Die website. »
- Jake Perlman
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Mark Wahlberg talking about Trader Joe’s; Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm photobombing audience members; Alex Trebek has gone insane; Kevin Bacon explaining the ’80s to Millennials; and a Star Trek Into Darkness/Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer mashup. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
Barack Obama is a Nobel Prize winner and the 44th president of the U.S, but he's finally arrived at his proudest accomplishment: surviving an episode of "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis. And he didn't suffer gladly like Jennifer Aniston; he pushed back with the gale force rancor of Steve Carell. Phew. Obama joined the "Hangover" star's Funny Or Die series to discuss official U.S. diplomat Dennis Rodman (who could be replaced with Tonya Harding at any moment), basketball, and Zach's rash. President stuff. Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama »
- Louis Virtel
Promoting his Afforable Healthcare Act, President Barack Obama went on Zach Galifiankis's web show, Between Two Ferns, and what followed is probably the funniest six minutes and 31 seconds you will probably ever see, as the President holds his own with the funny man, matching him insult for insult. Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
President Barack Obama made a visit to Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis this week, where comedian Zach Galifianakis grilled him with some of the toughest questions of his political career. The gloves come off, after The President is bumped three times before his appearance. There to promote HealthCare.gov, Obama lands some nice jokes at the comedian's expense in what could be one of the most important interviews of his eight year term.
Despite everything President Barack Obama has on his plate, he managed to squeeze in some face time with Zach Galifianakis for Funny Or Die’s web series, Between Two Ferns. The leader of the free world used his appearance on the show to plug the Affordable Care Act, but things quickly went awry. Let’s just say, if you think you’ve seen some tense interviews featuring the prez, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Ok, let’s be real, it looks like the sit-down was all in good fun, but Barack totally played the part of the pissed off president quite well. Zach generally held it down as the passive-aggressive host who can’t help but annoy his subjects. Between questions about trips to North Korea by “Ambassador Rodman” and a potential presidential library in Kenya, »
- Rahsheeda Ali
Zach Galifianakis actually landed an interview with President Barack Obam for his Between Two Ferns web series. I wouldn't think the President of the United States would have the time to do anything like this especially with everything going on in the world right now, but he managed to squeeze it in. I'm glad he did though because this has some really funny moments. It was also used as a way for the President to plug healthcare.gov, but it didn't keep the awkward hilarity from happening. I did love the little twist ending they threw in there as well.
- Joey Paur
President Barack Obama met with a delegation of YouTube and online video stars on February 27, 2014 and discussed, among many other things, how to use the power of online video to reach connected audiences and disseminate information about the Affordable Care Act and its March 31 deadline for Open Enrollment on Healthcare.gov. Rachel Goldenberg of Funny or Die was one of the new media advisors present at the meeting with the President, so we probably should’ve guessed that Obama would appear between a pair of plants on the comedy destination’s flagship talk show to inform his fellow Americans about their health care options. Yes, that’s right. The President is the latest and most-high profile of all the high profile celebrities to appear on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Potus sat down across from the comedian and film star for the better part of the six-minute-and-thirty-one-second episode to »
- Joshua Cohen
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