President Obama Says Zach Galifianakis ‘Was Actually Pretty Nervous’ During ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview (Video)

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Obama tells Ryan Seacrest that he had never heard of the Funny or Die sketch, but his daughter has seen every episode

Zach Galifianakis‘ “Between Two Ferns” interview style can be pretty intimidating, but President Barack Obama says Galifianakis was the nervous one during their Funny or Die showdown that went online earlier this week.

“Zach actually was pretty nervous,” Obama told Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview (below) on Friday. “It was funny to watch because this whole ‘Between Two Ferns’ schtick — which I wasn’t familiar with before my staff told me that we had been pitched to do this — his whole character is to go after the guest, and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, ‘I wonder what happens here if I cross the line?’ But we had a great time.”

See video: Bill O’Reilly: Abraham Lincoln Would Never Have Appeared on Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns’

The appearance on the fake talk show was aimed at encouraging more young people to sign up for health coverage through by the end of the month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the plan worked, and the website saw a 40 percent boost in traffic after the video went live on Tuesday.

Obama admitted he was not familiar with “Between Two Ferns” — which has had a number of high-profile celebrity guests over the  years, but never a Commander in Chief. His 15-year-old daughter, Malia, however, has seen every episode.

“And as I said, I wasn’t familiar with this thing, but when I was at the dinner table with the girls and I said, ‘Well today I did something with Zach, it’s called ‘Two Ferns,’ I think,’ Malia was so excited,” Obama continued. “She had seen all the previous episodes, so I figured it was going to reach our target audience, which is a lot of young people, and it turns out we’ve had close to 15 million hits. And the amazing thing is afterwards people actually did link to and people actually signed up for health insurance, so it ended up working, but I think I have to keep my day job.”

Listen to the entire interview below:

  • Honey Badger Don’t Care

    I feel like this is the bizzarro world. Why is the POTUS talking to Ryan Seacrest about jeans on some stupid Top 40 morning radio show?

    What has this world come to?

    • Brian Robinson

      It’s the same world where Nixon did ‘Laugh In’ and Bush joked about looking under his bed for those pesky ‘weapons of mass destruction’. Sure, it’s all silly, but hardly worth lamenting about what this world has come to….lighten up!

      • Honey Badger Don’t Care

        Sorry for thinking that he should take his job more seriously.

        • Anon

          Yeah he should wave his magic wand and fix the country rather than using 15 minutes of his time to promote his healthcare plan.

          • Honey Badger Don’t Care


        • Brian Robinson

          Aw, how sweet. That’s OK, I forgive you!

          • Honey Badger Don’t Care

            Should I have put #sarcasm at the end of my last comment?

          • Brian Robinson

            Oh, you poor deluded thing. Bless your heart.

  • Stuart W

    Putin is trampling human rights all over the Crimea and our president is guesting on obscure T.V. comedy shows. But its comforting knowing that Mr. Obama is on a “first name basis with Zack! And thanks to the exposure “more young people are….signing up….” (for the) “Affordable Care Plan”!. Fantastic!

    • Jake

      God damnit, you’re an idiot.

  • StuartW

    Nixon “did” ‘Laugh-In’ ONCE when it was the Top Show on television. Obama has done late show’s on T.V. to the point where he’s become a regular contributor with Letterman. Given today’s global concerns, many citizens believe a chief executive’s time to be considerably more valuable than exchanging bon mots with a comic.

  • Simone

    Love Pres Obama….down to earth and fun ! and still the smartest Pres we’ve had in 50 years ! and for the idiots asking why he’d do this interview – IS TO REACH THE YOUNG PEOPLE…..get ObamaCare = I DID and saving $400 per month !!!! I’m thrilled !

    • Brian Robinson

      Well done and congratulations!

    • Benjamin Roussey

      Then you are a fool and hate America.

      • Benjamin Roussey

        every metric the Obama stimulus failed (no shovel ready jobs, high unemployment
        still remained, more money wasted). It did help America though reach
        $18,000,000,000,000 in debt faster though. It did smash the next generation of
        Americans. So in those horrendous regards, it was a stunning success.

        • Benjamin Roussey

          I woke up this morning
          and realized 10,000,000 black people are unemployed, 7,000,000 Mexicans, and
          4,000,000 young people out of college who mainly supported Obama and this is
          largely because of Obama’s tax and spend agenda, Sarbanes Oxley, Dodd/Frank (do
          you even know what this is?), EPA, job killing regulations (see jobs migrate
          from California to Texas), high taxes, lack of tort reform which inflates
          medical costs, and so on – I laughed for about 2 minutes. Keep on being suckers
          people, the Democrats take your vote for granted. Hey, but at least gays can
          marry each other and woman can murder their own babies. Hooray, hooray….

          • erkcyclisme


            Your partisan mind is skewing reality. Economics 101 dictates that few, if any jobs, will ever be created by tax cuts and deregulation — no matter how often the GOP says so. It’s common sense in a capitalistic system that any benefits derived by lower taxes and deregulation go to the bottom line; not the employment line. If the reverse was true, I would argue we would be living in a socialist system.

            Jobs leaving California to Texas is not job growth — just job migration. It simply lowers a company’s overhead and grows its bottom line. There is a lot of filming going on here in Georgia — much of it at the expense of L.A. So while jobs have been created here, they were lost in SoCal.

            Sure, Texas Gov. Perry loves to brag about his state’s employment numbers — too bad most of it is at minimum wage.

            Why are so many blacks, Latinos, college educated unemployed? The economy. Did you not understand the severity of the 2008 market collapse? A scenario no president could magically make disappear.

            Unfortunately, Obama and Congress aren’t doing much — except pay lip service — to stimulate the middle class, which is where you create consumer demand and jobs.

            Now Obama, unlike his GOP opponents, believed those adversely affected by the economic downturn shouldn’t be thrown to the curb. So he extended unemployment benefits and other social provisions, which hiked spending. That’s what a president — unencumbered to the 1%, corporate crowd — is supposed to do.

            Btw, a Johns Hopkins report found that medical malpractice payments above $1 million added up to roughly $1.4 billion a year in 2013, making up less than 1% of national medical expenditures in the United States. But go ahead, keep beating that dead horse.

            Keep bagging on the EPA, cause you obviously never have to worry about cancer. Let’s bring back those smog-filled days from the ’70s, lead in the paint, asbestos, smoking in the workplace, DDT, etc.

            Finally, interesting to know you can get pregnant.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. The latest
    calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $17.4 trillion.

    It’s the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president.

    The national debt increased $4.9 trillion during the eight-year presidency of
    George W. Bush. The debt now is rising at a pace to surpass that amount during
    Mr. Obama’s four-year term.

    • erkcyclisme

      Benji, we get you don’t like Obama LOL. Try watching Oscar-nominated doc, “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield,” on disc or Netflix. You might be surprised to know that covert military actions globally have increased exponentially under Obama. A lot of terrorists and innocents have been killed by JSOC raids and drones. Obama is hardly weak on the war on terror.

      Again, you somehow want to ignore that October 2008 ever happened or any of its aftermath.

      I guess you are an oil lobbyist. Why else would you advocate spending tax payer money on a private oil pipeline that won’t do anything to the cost of gas at the pump? You do realize that the flow of gas in the supply channel is tightly controlled, right? Said supply is then subjected to market speculation as a commodity.

      Tell me you didn’t fall for Michele Bachmann’s political stunt that as president she would lower gas to $2/gal. The only way she could do that is by becoming Hugo Chavez Light and nationalizing the domestic oil industry. But then she would be a communist.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Obama Imposes $488B Worth
    of Regulation

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Obama is an epic failure.
    He cares more about rich white woman like Daryl Hannah and not black people
    that is why he sided with her in the Keystone pipeline debacle.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Obama is a failed president, perhaps worse than Jimmy Carter.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    What is that lame duck idiot president doing now? Sending his loser wife on another exotic vacation?

    Putin, Iran’s Akhmenejob, pedophiles, Al Qaeda, and North Korea’s iron fist
    leadership all are Obama’s supporters because Obama is a wimp and the world
    knows it.

  • Michael Difani

    The president here may not have been in a very dignified setting, but he sure didn’t say “Sock it to me!” as did the late president Tricky Dick Nixon on “Laugh-in” in late 1968 after his election. Oh, he also claimed “I am not a crook” sometime in early ’74 several months before he resigned, knowing that he’d be impeached in the house and convicted in a senate trial.

  • Aden Nak

    Benjamin Roussey, seriously. Do you have a day job? Or is this it?