Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis “Between Two Ferns”

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis “Between Two Ferns” (photo)

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I’m not sure everyone who loves Zach Galifianakis now realizes how long he’s been in show business. Before he became a star seemingly overnight in “The Hangover,” he toiled away for years as a stand-up and in small roles on television. For a few months in 2002, he even had his own talk show on VH1, “Late World With Zach.” Basically no one watched it, and it was cancelled with a swiftness that makes “The Pat Sajak Show” look like a runaway hit. Of course, if were on now, and Galifianakis did the exact same show (skits like this one, for example), it would be a runaway hit.

So when Galifianakis does his “Between Two Ferns” videos on Funny Or Die, he does them from a place of experience, not just as a talk show guest, but as a talk show host. Only he’s deconstructed things even further than he did a few years ago; the newest episode, with Will Ferrell, is maybe the most anarchic yet. Many “Between Two Ferns” have followed a formula — Galifianakis, the clueless, terrible host, with his celebrity guest as the unprepared straight man or woman. But Ferrell’s in on the joke as well, in an “hey I just took acid too!” sort of way. The result is almost an avant-garde short in the form of a talk show parody. Beware though, office workers, the enhanced weirdness includes some pornographic zoological footage and foul language.

I do love that at the same time Galifianakis has monetized this popular series, bringing on an actual sponsor, he’s only made the show stranger and less accessible. With his movie career punching his ticket, he doesn’t have to worry about inclusiveness, least of all with TV executives who, I’m sure, would love a “Between Two Ferns” TV show, but would probably want a little less, y’know, chimp on frog oral sex. Where “Between Two Ferns” once had a real clear premise and hook, now it’s unorganized chaos, profane, bizarre, illogical, occasionally homoerotic, and absolutely hilarious. Also, if Will Ferrell ever actually made a movie where he played the coach of a hip hop dance team I would melt into human jelly.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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