Every year there’s a celebrity interviewer who makes a name for him or herself by being awesome during a celebrity interview.
Last year it was comic Matt Zeller. Johnny Simmons and Megan Fox sat down for your average press junket to promote Jennifer’s Body. Zeller wanted to talk to Simmons about the young actor’s role in Hotel for Dogs instead. At that point, Fox was just in the way, so Zeller made her wear a paper bag over her head so she wouldn’t be a distraction. Trust me, it’s funny when you watch it.
This year it’s Texas FM radio host and local television personality Gordon Keith. Zach Galifianakis was in the Good Morning Texas studio to promote his new movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Keith, who’s no stranger to the awkward interview, Between Two Ferns-ed the socks off his interviewee. Galifianakis appears taken aback when Keith asks him to compare and contrast his latest release to every other movie ever made, but eventually starts playing along.
Between Two Ferns is one of the web’s most watched series and Galifianakis is quickly transitioning from a popular name in the alt comedy scene to an A-list celebrity. My guess is it’ll be a long time before he sits down across from an interviewer who plays it straight. Everyone with the opportunity to ask this guy questions will want to try his or her best faux-celebrity interview schtick with the genre’s master.