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Galifianakis Says His Clinton Chat Was 'Crazy'

'Between Two Ferns' video set a Funny or Die record

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis tells USA Today it's "crazy" how many hits his Between Two Ferns interview with Hillary Clinton got—more than 30 million in its first 24 hours, per the Hollywood Reporter , which notes that was the largest first-day viewership number in the Funny or Die website's... More »

Galifianakis Asks Clinton the Important Questions on Ferns

You know, like 'What happens if you become pregnant?'

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis asked Hillary Clinton the important questions during a Between Two Ferns interview on Funny or Die Thursday. Questions like: "Are you excited to be the first girl president?", "As secretary, how many words per minute could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee?"... More »

'Dumb Actor' Brad Pitt Hits Between Two Ferns

Louis CK makes cameo, Galifianakis makes 'Friends' crack

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis kicks off his latest round of Between Two Ferns by whining that he's gone from President Obama "back to interviewing dumb actors," and the star treatment for "Bradley Pitts" (or "Bart Pit," as he's identified on the screen) goes downhill from... More »

Zach Galifianakis Looks ... Svelte?

He's lost a lot of weight

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis hit the premiere of his new movie Birdman in New York on Saturday looking pretty svelte, leading him to joke to E! , "I'm dying," before adding that he was wearing a "ladies [size] 50." He started losing weight last year, telling Conan O'... More »

Galifianakis to Star in FX 'Clown Comedy'

New series co-created with Louis CK is scheduled to premiere in 2016

(Newser) - Anyone who's ever dreamed about being a professional clown (and who hasn't?) will be psyched to hear that a new comedy series created by Zach Galifianakis, Louis CK, and Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel has been ordered by FX, according to TVLine . Baskets will star Galifianakis in the title... More »

Seriously? Obama Picks Now to Yuk It Up on 'Ferns'?

Kathleen Parker isn't sure this is the right time for the president to be silly

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker was no fan of President Obama's Between Two Ferns interview . What with situations including "Ukraine, Crimea, Vladimir Putin, China, Russia, Venezuela, Syria, Iran, North Korea or other trouble spots, never mind a missing airplane," this seems like far from an ideal time for the president... More »

Obama 'Easier to Work With' Than Some Celebrities

'Between Two Ferns' director talks sit-down

(Newser) - What's it like to direct the leader of the free world as he's hit with uncomfortable interview questions from a "short, fat" guy who smells "like Doritos"? Scott Aukerman, producer and director of Zach Galifianakis' awkward online interview show Between Two Ferns, says President Obama... More »

HealthCare.gov's No. 1 Traffic Source: Funny or Die

Obama's appearance on 'Between Two Ferns' has effect

(Newser) - President Obama's appearance on online comedy show "Between Two Ferns" appears to have paid off: The Funny or Die website that hosts Zach Galifianakis' show is now the leading driver of traffic to HealthCare.gov, reports the Washington Post . A White House health care spokesperson says traffic surged... More »

Galifianakis Grills Obama on 'Between Two Ferns'

What should we do about North Ikea, anyway?

(Newser) - President Obama turned the tables a bit on host Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on Between Two Ferns that's out today. Galifianakis' goal during the awkward interview show is to make his subjects feel uncomfortable, but Obama gave as good as he got: "It must kinda stink, though,... More »

Galifianakis Too Scared to Attend Press Conference

Pulls out of event on Brazilian peak over fear of heights

(Newser) - This may be the most interesting reason ever given for why an actor flaked: Zach Galifianakis had to pull out of a recent Brazilian press conference for The Hangover Part III because he's terrified of heights. The press conference took place on a peak in Rio de Janiero, and... More »

Hangover III Barely a Comedy

Critics say movie is more of an unfunny, annoying action flick

(Newser) - The Hangover Part III is here, but if critics are to be believed, you might want to black out and erase it from your memory. Here's what people are saying:
  • A giraffe is decapitated in the first five minutes, and maybe someday "beheading the giraffe" will replace "
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Galifianakis' SNL Weird, Good

Host not as hysterical as earlier outings, but decidedly himself

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis took his third turn as guest host of Saturday Night Live last night, and while his latest effort "never soared to the heights of his first few outings," it was nevertheless "a solidly funny night that featured a few inspired moments," writes Hillary Busis... More »

New Hangover Mind-Bogglingly Bad

Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis star in Todd Phillips' film

(Newser) - If the first Hangover was a wild party, the second is, well, the hangover. Critics are savaging the latest effort from Todd Phillips:
  • Writing in Salon , Andrew O’Hehir smacks the film’s “mind-boggling awfulness.” It’s a “clumsy, homophobic, cliché-ridden, and terminally unfunny sequel” that
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Bill Clinton Films Hangover 2 Cameo

Ex-prez joins cast in Bangkok

(Newser) - The cast of The Hangover 2, who nixed a Mel Gibson cameo , welcomed Bill Clinton to filming in Bangkok over the weekend, TMZ reports. The former president, who was in Thailand to deliver a speech on clean energy, will appear in the sequel as himself in a small cameo role.... More »

No Rush to See Due Date

Zach Galifianakis polarizes critics

(Newser) - Is Due Date this year’s Hangover? Not really, the critics say; it’s more “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for the road rage generation,” writes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News . Reviews are mixed, with only 40% of critics liking it but 75% of fans approving... More »

Bill Maher Defends Islam Comments

Host won't 'apologize for being a proud Westerner'

(Newser) - Bill Maher isn't backing down from his controversial remarks on Islam and Muslims . The HBO host told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he doesn't feel the need to "apologize for being a proud Westerner," Mediaite reports. By Westerner, Maher explained, "I mean someone who believes in the values... More »

Bill Maher Doesn't Want West 'Taken Over by Islam'

'It's not because of the race, it's because of the religion'

(Newser) - Bill Maher, no fan of organized religion, isn't thrilled with news out of Britain that Mohammed is the most popular baby name there. “Am I a racist to feel alarmed by that?” he asked on his Real Time show last night, reports Mediaite . “Because I am. And it’... More »

Liam Neeson Nabs Mel's Spot in Hangover 2

Former co-star Bradley Cooper invited him to take the role

(Newser) - Hollywood's million-dollar question: Who will play the "tattoo artist in Thailand" in the Hangover 2 now that Mel Gibson got booted from role? Liam Neeson, reports Variety . A-Team co-star/Hangover hunk Bradley Cooper invited him to take the role, says Neeson. "I just got a call to do a... More »

Mel Gibson Fired From Hangover 2

Cast, crew can't stand actor

(Newser) - Mel Gibson's cameo in The Hangover 2, touted as his first step of a comeback, has been cut because the cast and crew couldn't stand working with him, TMZ reports. Gibson had been lined up to play a Bangkok tattoo artist in what one source described as a "pivotal"... More »

Zach Galifianakis Spices Up SNL

Star of 'The Hangover' proves a good fit for late night

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis provided a bright spot in an up-and-down season of Saturday Night Live, critics agree. The star of The Hangover brought his stoner demeanor and—for most of last night's episode—bounteous beard to Studio 8H. Some reactions:
  • The opening monologue "was pretty much just Galifianakis doing his
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