Funny or Die Bosses Reveal Wish List for 'Between Two Ferns' Guests
Michelle Obama and Mark Zuckerberg topped the list of preferred future guests as the comedy website and Zach Galifianakis' talk show were honored Monday at the Venice Family Clinic’s Silver Circle Gala.
Ask Funny or Die CEO Mike Farah who he’d love as a guest on Between Two Ferns and he’ll first tell you who he doesn’t want.
“Anyone but Trump,” Farah told The Hollywood Reporter at Monday night’s Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala, hosted by Sunita Mani, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “I feel like our current president just feeds on this attention. It’s like his oxygen, so I would actually choose to give him less attention… Also, he’s a walking joke so how do you make fun of someone who’s already such a joke.”
So who does he want to see host Zach Galifianakis grilling? “Mark Zuckerberg,” Farah said. “That would be a very interesting conversation, especially with what’s going on today.”
Brad Jenkins, managing director and executive producer of Funny or Die DC, wants Michelle Obama. “I think she’d be really funny,” he said. “I think Michelle is very self-aware. I think she could also give a joke.”
Farah and Two Ferns co-creator Scott Aukerman were on hand at the event to receive this year’s Humanitarian Award, along with Two Ferns, for their coverage of social issues including gun control, same-sex marriage, immigration and health care. Most notably, Galifianakis’ 2014 interview with Barack Obama about the Affordable Care Act became the ACA’s top referrer to Healthcare.gov.
Galifianakis remembered a phone call he received from Obama after the interview went viral. “He goes, ‘I hope this video helps your career out,' ” the Baskets star joked. “And I almost said, ‘I hope it helps yours, too.’ ”
Serving about 26,000 patients a year, the Venice Family Clinic is one of the nation’s busiest free health clinic in the nation.
“Venice Family Clinic chose to honor [Funny or Die and Between Two Ferns] because they had a huge impact on people’s lives,” said Sarah Silverman, who presented the Humanitarian Award. “It might seem unconventional, but what they did worked. President Obama knew more people needed to know about this opportunity to sign up for the ACA so he did the smartest thing that he could do — he got the third lead from Eliza Dushku’s 2003 drama series Tru Calling, Zack Galifianakis, to come out of retirement and make a super low-fi talk show that he could be on to get the word out.”
After accepting the award, Galifianakis and Aukerman turned around and gave the award to the health facility’s own Dr. Karen C. Lamp.
Stagehands then quickly turned the stage into a Between Two Ferns set for an interview between Galifianakis and Lamp.
“So you must think you’re hot shit winning an award,” Galifianakis cracked. “Let’s just be honest, you didn’t really win it.”
He then yelled at the crowd, “Listen, you fucking idiots, don’t be an entertainer! Don’t follow your Hollywood dreams! Be like this lady!”
Monday’s event raised more than $1.5 million for VFC. Board member Joan E. Herman received the Irma Colen Leadership Award. Longtime nurse practitioner Karen Wilson was honored with the Etz Chaim Milgrom Tree of Life Award of Compassionate Care as was the late Dr. Terri Brehove.