If you haven’t seen the Between Two Ferns with Hillary Clinton, do it now. Fuck this post and click here. Galifianakis does the impossible–makes you momentarily convinced that Hillary Clinton has a personality. Granted, that belief was squandered after last night’s debate, but to her credit she comes off endearing in the face of Galifianakis’s off-brand humor. This was evident in the ratings, as the interview set a record for the most-viewed video in 24 hours on the Funny or Die website, with 30 million views–beating out segments with Justin Bieber, Brad Pitt, and President Obama.
In an interview with the LA Times, Galifianakis revealed what it was like to work with Hillary on Between Two Ferns.
I’m nervous in those situations because, you know, you don’t know them on a personal level. But I will say she’s very personable in real life. She really is. There was a laugh or two from her – a really big laugh – that we had to edit out because it wasn’t icy enough for us in a weird way for what we were doing.
But I was very impressed with her. I can’t say that she probably has the same thing to say about me. [Laughs] We chatted about a book I didn’t expect her to know about. We kind of bonded over this book called “Amusing Ourselves to Death” [by Neil Postman].
I walked away from that whole interview going, “She’s cool.” I thought she was cool, and I don’t know if that was my impression of her before that.
The 46-year-old Galifianakis was then asked about Clinton’s sense of humor, something that the American public widely believes is absent in her DNA.
I don’t think you can get as far as she has in American politics without a sense of humor – especially since she’s been so forced to play the boys’ [game], since that’s where the power structure is, though it’s changing. But yeah, she definitely has a sense of humor. For sure.
When asked whether he’d consider bringing Trump on the show, Galifianakis wasn’t as bullish.
No. That doesn’t interest me. Doing it the other way doesn’t interest me. He’s the kind of guy who likes attention – bad attention or good attention. So you’re dealing with a psychosis there that’s a little weird.
I wouldn’t have somebody on that’s so mentally challenged. I feel like I’d be taking advantage of him. And you can print that.
Zach, put your ideals aside. Having Trump on Between Two Ferns would be the biggest internet event since the Fappening. Do it.
[h/t LA Times]