In some kind of miraculous coup, Zach Galifianakis and the folks over at Funny or Die managed to book none other than President Barack Obama, for their longrunning online comedy series “Between Two Ferns.” Galifianakis has conducted bizarre, frequently hilarious interviews with a slew of actors and fellow comedians over the course of the series, including Charlize Theron, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, and Bruce Willis. He’s even had an Oscar special featuring nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz, among others. But President Obama, who appears in a longer, six-minute episode to promote the now-functioning Health Care Website, is certainly Galifianakis’ most important guest/victim to date.
Obama delivers his lines with feigned seriousness in the usual style of the show’s guests. His strong poker face makes him an unlikely but great fit for Galifianakis’ brand of comedy. Certain issues are barely touched upon and quickly dismissed — the NSA, drones, North Korea — but it is safe to say that Obama’s main purpose was to speak about the one issue on his agenda and leave the rest to (awkward) silence, something for which the series, which was co-created by Scott Aukerman of “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” is conveniently known.