Actor/comedian Zach Galifianakis revived his Between Two Ferns interview series on Thursday, sitting down for a chat with none other than Hillary Clinton.
If you’re not familiar, Between Two Ferns is a spoof of interview shows like the long-running Charlie Rose show on PBS. Galifianakis and his guest sit, well, between two ferns, and he asks a series of questions that range from insipid to offensive.
His Hillary interview opens with her sitting, looking around and wondering where Zach is. As she looks away, he comes creeping up behind her wearing a Halloween mask and immediately gets jumped by two men. He says, “I was just trying to scare her,” as they let him up from the ground. “Just trying to get into the Halloween spirit of it all.”
“Not a good idea around the Secret Service,” Hillary advises.
Galifianakis introduces Clinton as an on-screen graphic that looks like it came straight out of the 1980s announces, “Hillary Clinton had pneumonia.” He says that some of her critics have recently been questioning her decision making. “And by you doing this show I hope it finally lays that to rest,” he says.
“Oh, I think it absolutely proves their case, don’t you?” Hillary responds.
That’s just the beginning of five minutes of brilliant exchanges between the two. During the course of the video, Hillary shows she can take a joke made at her expense, like at the end, when Galifianakis asks her “What’s the best way to reach you? Email?”
But jokes about Clinton and some of the criticism that has been directed at her are only part of the fun. There are plenty of jabs at her opponent Donald Trump, too.
Zach asks Clinton if Chelsea and Ivanka Trump like to talk on the phone to each other. “Does Ivanka ever call Chelsea to talk about boys that might have crushes on her — like her dad?” he queries.
The absolute best moment of the video comes when Galifianakis announces a commercial break and plays a Trump campaign commercial. When it is over, Clinton says, “Why would you play a commercial from my opponent in the middle of our interview?”
Galifianakis responds, “He paid me in steaks.”
To that Clinton says, “I’d be afraid to eat them if I were you.”
“It’s a good cut of meat,” Zach shoots back. “I think it’s part of the asshole.”
Polls have been showing Clinton is having a difficult time connecting with Millennial voters, many of whom are gravitating to third party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. This Funny Or Die video with Galifianakis is an obvious play for Millennial votes. As a campaign tactic it’s right up there with her husband’s appearance on Arsenio Hall’s show prior to the 1992 election, when he played “Heartbreak Hotel” on his tenor sax. Whether this helps her with skeptical Millennials we’ll have to wait and see.
Enjoy the video, via Funny or Die:
Featured image via Funny Or Die screen capture