Zach Galifianakis Goes 'Between Two Ferns' with 2013 Oscar Nominees

Help me out... Is this funny?

Either I am in the minority or my comedic sensibilities are so vastly different from that of the general public I can't even see the folks on the other side because I simply don't get what is so funny about Zach Galifianakis' ignorant shlub schtick in these "Between Two Ferns" videos. Clearly others find some fascination in it considering Part 1 in the latest "Oscar Buzz" installments has been viewed more than 1.1 million times since being released 24 hours ago.

In the two most recent videos Galifianakis, playing what may as well be his character from either The Hangover or Due Date, "interviews" Oscar hopefuls including Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Amy Adams (The Master), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Sally Field (Lincoln), Emmanuel Lewis ("Webster") pretending to be Daniel Day-Lewis and Bradley Cooper (Silver Lining Playbook).

Give 'em a watch and let me know what you think. The only chuckle I got was when Waltz was asked if he'd considered changing his name to Christoph Breakdance and he says, "I have, but it really doesn't make sense." Otherwise, I'm clueless...

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  • Travis

    I enjoyed them, but not as much as everyone else. I'm having trouble seeing why everyone thinks these are great too

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

      I think all the names were kind of funny, Lawrence was humerous, Watts was terrible, Waltz was fantastic, Hathaway was pretty good, Adams was not that funny, although others loved that one (it peaked at Cinammon Muff), Chastain was ok, Field provided a couple laughs, Lewis got old fast (which was funny since it was about 30 seconds long) and Cooper wasn't that good other than the concession speech, which was about 5 seconds.

      • Ted Nuverone

        Travis. You are fascinating. And boring. You sound like a real fun guy. Jesus. Yes, all those hits he gets are because it is not funny. Good luck with yourself. You will need it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyDiamies/ Jimmy Diamies

    I find it very funny. He is roasting these people good and just because it's set up doesn't make what he is saying less true. I laugh at the spelling mistakes as well.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HelloKitty/ Hello Kitty

    Bradley Cooper knocking out Zack with the fern, then stomped on by Jessica Chastain was hysterical. My favorite is still Michael Cera though.

  • Yaz

    Ah, I love these. Dry humour more often than not, but always funny I find. Maybe it's an acquired taste... I guess.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    I'd actually already seen these. I'm not going to argue that this isn't the exact same Zach Galifianakis we've seen numerous times, but I found them pretty hilarious. The first one is my favourite, but Anne Hathaway was cringe worthy. . .

  • http://smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    You should check out the one with Steve Carrell. These latest aren't that great but that one's very, very funny.

  • JN Films

    those vids are hilarious

  • Ted Nuverone

    Brad,

    Your article is pointless and poorly written. Critics really do seem like bummed out wannabees that cannot be. The bitterness in your words is not good for your soul young man. I hope this does not come across as negative but it is clear that you have some issues with taste.

    • adu

      "I hope this does not come across as negative "
      That's classic.

      I believe you qualify for a little segment we here like to call....well just wait till Friday's podcast :)

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      "The bitterness in your words is not good for your soul young man."

      That's almost poetic.

  • Asif

    liked Lawrence, thought Watts handled it well, LOVED Adams - especially the end, Chastain, Waltz and Cooper were fine, Field was just okay, and Hathaway was fun.

  • adu

    I found all this quite amusing. I dunno Brad, as Laremy said, you are just harsh on comedy, and that's fine.

    As long as you share good material like this with us, I dont have a problem :)

  • Dan

    Brad had The Watch and Thats My Boy in his top 10 comedies of 2012. That pretty much says it all about where his "comedic" sensibilities lie. There's a reason all these starts, (and ones in previous Between Two Ferns) come on to do it. They are absolutely hysterical.