Zach Galifiankis has become the mildly awkward and extremely funny comedic actor that has found himself in the middle of some rather interesting roles.
However, it is in his oldest mini-series “Between Two Ferns”, that the actor gets to truly showcase his uncomfortable brand of comedy to those willing enough to get a little awkward.
Beginning in a small shed in Hollywood, Galifianakis and co-creator Scoot Aukerman were originally attempting to create a pilot for a comedy sketch that never actually made it to television.
What developed out of this failed pilot was an underground comedy sketch that has reached between 5-10 million views per episode on the site, funnyordie.com.
At it’s roots, “Between Two Ferns” takes your unsuspecting celebrity and attempts to do a mocking interview, mixed in with name mispronunciations, horrid movie recaps, and demeaning personal experiences.
“The uncomfortableness of it all, he just revels in that kind of environment,” says Scott Aukerman.
Now, “Between Two Ferns” has taken it to the next level as they are scheduled to debut a 30-mintue special on Comedy Central, May 13th at 8:30 EST.
The previously online only show will serve as a introductory segment to the channel’s second annual Comedy Awards and will feature the likes of Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, and Richard Branson.
Galifianakis tells AP that the show is to be modeled after Barbara Walters’ pre-Oscars interview shows, and appropriately titled “Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York”.
“We wanted to mock the celebrity obsession that is so annoyingly present in our culture,” says Galifianakis. “No one worships that more than Barbara Walters.”
As far as the celebrities are concerned, everything will be a shock to them.
“The guests have no idea what is about to happen next — that is the one thing we can say,” says Aukerman, who directed and co-produced the series, as well as Sunday’s special. “The guests are not prepped on what’s going to happen.”
To get a better idea of what to expect, below is a video of Zach interviewing his ‘Hangover’ co-star, Bradley Cooper.
Be sure to tune in to the nationally broadcasted “Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York” this Sunday at 8:30 EST on Comedy Central.