The last installment of Zach Galifianakis’ irreverent addition to the online video genre of faux celebrity talk shows debuted with special guest Will Ferrel over five months ago. It was the thirteenth episode of the Speed Stick-sponsored and Funny or Die-distributed original web series Between Two Ferns to air since Galifianakis kicked off the program in January 2008 with a confrontational conversation with Michael Cera.
That amounts to one installment of Between Two Ferns for every three or four months, which is a way less number of installments of Between Two Ferns than both its fans and Galifianakis would like to watch and make. In fact, the host would shoot more episodes if he could get potential celebrity guests to participate without asking “so many $#%^ing questions.”
In an interview with Christina Radish over at Collider, the stand-up comedian and actor with one of the best Saturday Night Live opening monologues of all time expressed his frustration over how difficult it is for household Hollywood names to have a seat in a structure normally reserved for parked cars and have fun for a few minutes in front of a couple cameras.
Here’s Galifianakis’ refreshingly candid response to the question “Will you be doing any more episodes of Between Two Ferns?”
I will be, if I can get the guests to agree to do it without asking me so many fucking questions. I’m like, “Just show up! We shoot these in a garage. Don’t bring your people. Just show up, like a human being. Don’t bring your make-up people. Just show up.” And, most of them have. They all do. It’s the coolest thing to have Charlize Theron show up and just sit on a rock with you and go, “So, what is this?” That’s the attitude I like, not publicists asking me all these questions. It’s hard to find people like that.
Here’s to celebrities who just show up and them finding their way to sit down with Galifianakis between a couple of potted plants.