Scott Aukerman’s Brief But Spectacular take on ‘Between Two Ferns’

Scott Aukerman’s Brief But Spectacular take on ‘Between Two Ferns’


JUDY WOODRUFF: Please do stick around for
an inside look at the year’s biggest art show,
da Vinci at the Louvre.
But, first, tonight’s Brief But Spectacular
brings us some laughs.
Scott Aukerman helped to launch one of the
Internet’s most popular talk show spoofs,
“Between Two Ferns.”
A reminder, don’t take much of what Aukerman
says here too seriously.
His story is part of our ongoing Canvas, coverage
of arts and culture.
SCOTT AUKERMAN, Comedian: This is for PBS?
QUESTION: Yes.
SCOTT AUKERMAN: Ah, my people.
(LAUGHTER)
SCOTT AUKERMAN: “Between Two Ferns” started
when I was doing a television pilot.
It was a really funny sketch show with a bunch
of different people.
And I asked Zach if he could do a small piece
on it.
And he said: “You know, I have always wanted
to do a public access talk show called ‘Between
Two Ferns.'”
You know, when you do public access, basically,
you have just a black background.
I’m not sure what this background is.
Oh, you have a brick one here.
It’s slightly nicer, 10 percent.
Whoa.
Are these — I don’t know that they’re ferns.
The TV show ended up not going forward.
So, just as an afterthought, a couple of months
later, we put it on a new Web site called
Funny or Die.
And then millions and millions of people watched
it, and then celebrities kept calling us up,
asking if they could do it.
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, Comedian: My guest today
is Justin Bieber.
Was it really upsetting in Star Wars that
you didn’t have more scenes with Chewbacca?
Does it make you sick when you look in the
mirror to see how handsome you are and to
know that people are disfigured?
Actor, writer, comedian producer, which of
Larry David’s skills do you admire the most?
SCOTT AUKERMAN: President Obama was someone
that we wanted to land on “Between Two Ferns.”
We just thought it was the funniest idea.
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: I have to know, what is
it like to be the last black president?
BARACK OBAMA, Former President of the United
States: Seriously?
What’s it like for this to be the last time
you ever talk to a president?
SCOTT AUKERMAN: We did shoot it at the White
House, and I wanted to prove that it was the
White House.
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: Don’t touch that, please.
(BUZZER SOUNDING)
SCOTT AUKERMAN: I actually loved the experience
of doing the Hillary Clinton one way more,
because we shot for over an hour, and just
laughed a lot.
And, with Obama, it was all business.
Five minutes after he walked into the room,
they whispered to me, “The president has to
go.”
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: I think that people deserve
to know, are you down with TPP?
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, Former U.S. Secretary
of State: I’m not down with TPP.
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: No, you’re supposed to
say, yes, you know me, like the hip-hop groove.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: Don’t tell me what
to say.
SCOTT AUKERMAN: When I first started “Comedy
Bang!
Bang!,” I think I was trying to do a very
serious, but funny, lighthearted interview
show.
But now, when you listen to the show, I’m
basically just doing a joke interview.
Gary, what do you have in your pocket there?
MAN: Yes.
Well, it’s a little communicator.
SCOTT AUKERMAN: It looks to me like Listerine
breath strips, but it’s a communicator.
MAN: Of course I disguise it to look like
that.
SCOTT AUKERMAN: Oh, OK.
(CROSSTALK)
MAN: Hey, guys, call off the attack on the
Earth.
SCOTT AUKERMAN: I’m essentially playing kind
of a buffoon who doesn’t really care about
the answer, much like yourselves, presumably.
I don’t know whether that’s because that’s
my real feelings about when I’m talking to
people, or whether I just think it’s more
entertaining.
But I do think it’s more entertaining.
My name is Scott Aukerman, and this is my
Brief But Spectacular take on my life in comedy.
JUDY WOODRUFF: You have got to love it.
And you can find more episodes of our Brief
But Spectacular series at PBS.org/NewsHour/Brief.

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