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In a quirky bit of marketing for a political documentary, conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has released a video parody of the Funny or Die online series Between Two Ferns, itself a parody of TV talk shows.
The episode D’Souza spoofed was the one Funny or Die released March 11 in which host Zach Galifianakis interviews President Barack Obama about the Affordable Care Act. That segment reached 10 million views more quickly than any other video in the seven-year history of Funny or Die, a website co-owned by Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow and others. It also recently became the most popular episode of Between Two Ferns, surpassing one where Justin Bieber was the guest.
In the parody, producer Tad Lumpkin uses video of Obama’s appearance spliced with questions from D’Souza, under the premise that he’s guest-hosting because Galifianakis is incapacitated due to spider bites, a reference to a joke in the real episode two weeks ago.
“We were supposed to have the leader of the free world, Vladimir Putin, but he was busy, so, welcome for the second week in a row, Barack Obama,” says D’Souza.
The guest host talks up his first documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, and the fact that it included an interview with the president’s half brother, George Obama, but the president informs him he hasn’t seen it. “Okay, maybe you weren’t the target audience,” D’Souza says.
When the president mentions the Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning turkeys, D’Souza says: “Well, if you’re going to be handing out pardons …” The line is a reference to D’Souza’s arrest for violating campaign finance laws. His trial begins May 19 in New York.
At the end of the video, Obama presses a giant button and a trailer rolls out for America, the film D’Souza intends on opening wide July 4.
“Obama decided to try his hand at satire by going on that show, so we decided to play along,” D’Souza tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I believe that we have produced something that is funnier than the original. … Obama is a public figure and his comments are certainly fair game.”
Below is video of the parody, which D’Souza has dubbed Between Two Americas from Live Free or Die. The video first appeared on the Internet Tuesday at Breitbart.com.
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