Of all the uncomfortable humor out there, perhaps none is more uncomfortable than Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die series, "Between Two Ferns," in which the comedian stages a one-on-one with some well-known Hollywood actors. The actors are somewhat, but not really, in on the joke. They know what they're likely in for, but not to what extent. Galifanakis has done the show here and there since 2008, and it has gathered a dedicated following. Now, Comedy Central has picked up "Between Two Ferns" for a half-hour special to be aired before the 2nd Annual Comedy Awards.
Between Two Ferns: Zach Galifianakis Makes Hollywood Elite Uncomfortable
The half-hour special will air May 6. It's undetermined if this will be a regular thing. Undoubtedly, this is a sort of test run. If it does well, we'll probably see more. The special will have interviews with 30 Rock's Tina Fey, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, and billionaire Sir Richard Branson.
Here's how it all began, with Galifianakis interviewing Michael Cera:
The one where he interviews Natalie Portman is the most watched on Funny or Die and on YouTube:
Galafianakis, much like guys like Tom Green and Sacha Baron Cohen, probably had a better element of surprise before he got famous with The Hangover. Now, no one can really be caught unaware because most people should definitely be in on the joke and prepared for whatever.
This one is my favorite, although typically I'm not a big fan of uncomfortable humor, and this one gets as uncomfortable as it can. But Charlize Theron definitely takes this in a winning manner, obviously catching on in the middle:
Give the special a look on May 6.