Election 2016

Hillary Clinton, Zach Galifianakis, and the Enduring Sadness of Political Hollywood

Unfunny "Between Two Ferns" interview is one more dreary exercise in liberal virtue signaling.

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Is it just me or are "Funny or Die" videos starting to fall almost exclusively into the latter category?

Certainly there's very little that's smart or humorous about the new episode of the site's "Between Two Ferns," in which host Zach Galifianakis interviews the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton (click below to watch). Unlike the Q&A the Hangover star did with President Obama (which featured both some pretty harsh lines from the interviewer and some funny, well-delivered ripostes from Obama), this is liberal virtue signaling at its worst.

"Critics have questioned some of your decision-making recently and by you doing this show, I hope it finally lays that to rest," Galifianakis says. "Oh, I think it absolutely proves their case, don't you?" replies the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state. That's about as "funny" as it gets. At one point, Galifianakis plays a brief Trump ad in which the billionaire promises to "make America great again." Clinton feigns disdain and Galifianakis mumbles a line about how Trump's steaks come from the "asshole" of the cow. Haw haw haw.

Clnton's problems with millennials are widely known (and let's define millennials upwards, basically to anyone younger than she is). She is rightly understood to be an unappealing mix of war hawk and schoolmarm, the worst sort of buttinsky you'd never want to hang around. When she's not trying to strip away rights to expression (she has, in the words of Matt Welch, waged a decades-long war against free speech), she is defending misbegotten military interventions (going so far as to have retired Gen. John Allen literally scream about great future wars at the Democratic National Convention in a major speech).

"Between Two Ferns" is a comedy bit, so nobody's expecting anything remotely tough, but for it to actually be funny there's need to some edge. At its best, that's what made The Colbert Report so great. Colbert's version of Bill O'Reilly worked because it actually forced the liberal guests the audience presumably agreed with to break a sweat during their interviews. This episode of "Ferns," in contrast, is simply the worst kind of virtue-signaling. Yeah, yeah, we get it Hollywood, you're all good liberals (except for that ever-shrinking cell of Feel the Bern dead-enders and the oddball libertarian or three) and the edgiest thing you can possibly do is appear on stage with a woman who has signed on to all military interventions we've done in the 21st century, hates Uber and other forward-looking sharing-economy innovations, supports state surveillance and continuing the drug war, and was anti-immigrant and against marriage equality until about 15 minutes ago.

But the really important thing is to vote for Hillary Clinton because if Trump gets elected, forget global warming. It'll be plagues of locusts and boiling frogs or something. Whatever else you do, don't think of a more radical critique of a two-party system that is serving up more turd sandwiches than the Jimmy Johns in hell. These sort of celebrity interventions almost certainly accomplish less than intended. Indeed, because they are so self-serving and filled with smugness, solidarity with the powerful, and condescension toward the audience, they may well turn off the kids, just like all of Clinton's previous attempts at getting jiggy with it have done.

Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton from Funny Or Die

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  1. Clnton’s problems with millennials are widely known

    I heard on NPR last night that Clinton’s problems with Millennials stem from the fact that Millennials are the most distrustful of capitalism in history, and Clinton is seen as the “Corporate Candidate”.

    1. Don’t you think she looks tired?

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  2. The involvement of Zach Galifianakis tells you everything you need to know about whether it’s funny.

    1. Shouldn’t this be called “Between Three Ferns”?

      1. [singing] Three coins in a fountain… each one seeking happiness…

  3. I am not watching that.

  4. Nick is more angry about leftwing virtue signalling than I am? Has the Jacket become sentient?

    1. It’s envy, not anger.

    2. The jacket became sentient on August 27th 2016.

      Decided our fate in a microsecond.

      1. Good thing I decided to put on my 2 million sunblock that day. Summer in South Texas, what else are ya gonna wear?

    3. Or maybe the jacket has been in charge and Nick is reasserting himself. Hard to say.

    4. I want Nick to interview Trump so SugarFree can give us some hot Jacket on Hat action in his next work of art.

      1. They’d never get along. The Hat is a devotee of Tsathoggua, while the Jacket is more of a Nyarlathotep guy.

      2. They’d never get along. The Hat is a devotee of Tsathoggua, while the Jacket is more of a Nyarlathotep guy.

  5. Funny or Die sounds like the choice we’ll be making in the voting booth.

    1. :golf clap:

  6. “…let’s define millennials upwards to anyone younger than (Clinton) is…”

    Gillespie, you BASTARD!

    1. Even alluding to Hillary’s age is obviously misogynistic.

  7. How can the same country that gave voice to Mencken sink to this? Not the same country.

  8. Just more proof reason is in the tank for Hillary…

    1. Is this the libertarian case for Hillary article I’ve heard so much about?

      1. It’s all they could muster on short notice.

  9. Clinton: Trump is an unstable egomaniac without principles who should not be allowed in the same room as the launch codes.
    Trump: Crooked Hillary is a corrupt serial liar/felon without principles who is incapable of honesty.

    Turns out, they’re both right.

    1. I don’t vote on issues, anyway. I vote on who I like more. It’s pretty tough to relate to either of these candidates. I relate to Trump’s bombastic pomposity, but also Hillary’s love of day drinking on the job.

      1. Hair styles.
        Always vote based on hair styles.
        Unless they have a hilarious name – vote for Harry Balls.

        1. They’re both coming from the same cylon mold, so…

    2. It’s a sad election when the usual hyperbolic dirty attacks the campaigns foster are actually true this time.

  10. I made the mistake of clicking on this earlier when a prog friend said how wonderful it was. I made it 90 seconds.

    1. Perhaps I miss it, but this isn’t quite as fawning of Hillary as its made out to be. You could interpret comments like, “White power tie,” to be completely serious attacks on Trump. And some of the audience who lacks any self-awareness likely would take them as such. But to me you could just as easily take it as mockery of the over the top attacks on Trump. It’s noteworthy to me that the Trump ad played featured Trump saying nothing offensive.

      There’s subtle jabs at Hillary, I think, such as pointing out how she attended Ivanka’s wedding.

    2. I made the mistake of clicking on this earlier when a prog friend said how wonderful it was. I made it 90 seconds

      And Shrill-Bot used to spill verbal love juice all over Ukraine.

      He he, “Dodav ne zrobyv ce video, shho perebuvayut” u vashij krayin”

      (Uploader has not made this video available in your country).

  11. People really must have a lot of time on their hands. I’ve got an endless list of recommended television to watch and only have a limited amount of time to watch it, but apparently I’m an anomaly.

    People must be really starved for content if they’re turning to this kind of puff piece election stuff to entertain themselves.

  12. Is it just me or are “Funny or Die” videos starting to fall almost exclusively into the latter category?

    It’s not just you.

    1. I wish they would keep their promises and die.

  13. But the really important thing is to vote for Hillary Clinton because if Trump gets elected, forget global warming. It’ll be plagues of locusts and boiling frogs or something.

    Well, of course. For example:

    [Trump is] a weaponized, animated version of all the bad policy decisions and septic social movements that have plagued us and dogged our heels and tried to hold us back again and again and again…Hillary could literally vomit demon-spiders onto the podium and I would still be voting for her.

    1. I keep getting sucked in and having to force myself to look away before my eyes revolt.

    2. Ya know? One of the symptoms of rheumatic fever is involuntary muscle movements. Why aren’t the “healthers” all over this gif?

    3. She is nosferatu. I am convinced.

      1. That’s a terrible thing to say about him those horrible creatures.

    4. The gif is hate speech

    5. Hillary is never more off-putting than when she attempts to act human.

      1. Her act_human subroutines are a bit buggy.

  14. Whatever else you do, don’t think of a more radical critique of a two-party system that is serving up more turd sandwiches than the Jimmy Johns in hell.

    *rises to applaud loudly and throw garlands*

    1. I dunno if anyone listens to the Armstrong & Getty radio show, but they had Tim Sandefur on this morning and he was crushing it.

      “Who do you think will win the election?”
      “The government.”

      1. Armstrong & Getty are great. I really enjoyed having funny libertarians doing a morning drive-time show.

      2. I liked Getty better when he teamed up with Neil and Alex.

  15. Wow, that was neither scripted nor choppily edited.

  16. (click below to watch)

    *checks temperature in Hell*

    Not today.

    1. That was pretty much my response, as well.

  17. This shit works once. Maybe twice. And then it gets old. We all know the routine. We’ve seen it before.

    You might be able to stretch it out a little longer if you switched it up a little. But, we know the script. And it hasn’t changed from the last time you gave it to us.

    Not to mention, the entire schtick just looks embarrassing. You aren’t hip and cutting edge kissing up to the most Establishment person in the world. You might as well be Ed McMahon hoping you can get a kind word from Steve and Edie.

  18. Haw haw haw.

    Nice.

  19. Kudos to Hillary for making it through this grueling interview without any medical incidents. Nicely done.

    1. I’ll reserve judgment until I see the unedited version.

  20. The Liberal Intellctual Radical,Progressive left is in near panic kde. By this time in the campagn, the base was supposed to have completly forgotten that Shrillary is a congnatal liar, an access seller, and a proponent of spactacularly failed policies. Their control of almost all the traditional media was supposed to keep his from being an actual contest, and now what?

    Should Trump actally trump Shrillary, expect a muli-year ear-splitting snit that will make Bush Derangement Syndrome look rational.

    1. “We’re in big trouble here! Time to roll out our secret weapon… an obsequious, humor-challenged Funny or Die video.”

    2. Drew Margary’s bitchy GQ article the other day, plus the celebrity beg-a-thon to not vote for Trump is instructive. If they actually thought Hillary was a shoe-in to win this election, would they really be this hysterical? Rachel Maddow’s having on-screen meltdowns about racist frogs while Andy Richter has a Twitter-stroke about a NYT op-ed pointing out that liberals are living in a media echo-chamber. Hillary’s drawing miniscule crowds to her political rallies while Trump packs small arenas. They can’t even keep their narrative straight when Hillary collapses from 77-degree heat.

      It’s like Trump’s caused a complete John Boyd-style moral breakdown of their will. I’ve never seen anything like this, not even during the Reagan years.

      1. Hillary’s drawing miniscule crowds to her political rallies while Trump packs small arenas.

        Yes, but “drawing miniscule crowds” places Hillary in the exalted company of deep thinkers, while “packing small arenas” makes Trump just like Hitler!

  21. …Hillary Clinton (click below to watch).

    ha, ha.

    No.

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  23. Yeh, like I’m gonna waste time watching that.

    Keep it moving.

  24. Celebrity-politics related:
    “If I were president” according to some celebrities and some regular shmucks.

    It’s not overly partisan (and some are just joking around), but some of the suggestions are downright ludicrous overreaches.

    Tom Arnold: “Teachers would receive one percent of each of their students’ salaries for life.”
    Jamie Lynn Spears: “I would make it so that there’s one day a week that has to be a family day, so you have to be with your family one day a week and your whole family has to be there and it’s mandated.”
    Random woman: “Pay moms.”

    1. It’s so encouraging how generous people can be …. when they get to spend other people’s money.

    2. As a voluntary private school-wide contract, Tom Arnold’s suggestion is intriguing in its incentive structure.

  25. It wasn’t as good as the Obama one, but it wasn’t bad. Unless you wake up every morning to that certain sensation of butthurt over the thought of some liberal, somewhere, caring about things.

    1. caring about things

      “MUH FEELZ”

    2. I’ll bet you wear oven mitts when you use your 360 degree camera.

    3. You forgot to put “caring” in quotes.

    4. Only if they’re going to follow that up by wasting huge amounts of other people’s money to “do” something about their feelz.

    5. Liberals care about everything except if their stupid social programs that cost a fortune actually work….

    6. —-some liberal, somewhere, caring about things.—-

      Haha. That was a good one, you should be on ‘funny or die’ That was better than anything in the above video.

    7. I really wish you people spent less time ‘caring’ about me, especially ‘caring’ about my bank account.

    8. As a gay immigrant, I really wish US “liberals” (a misnomer) would stop caring about me.

  26. Patton Oswalt lost some weight.

  27. I actually thought it was kind of funny

    1. Me too.

  28. So, after all the liberal bitching about Fallon’s softball Trump interview, I’m sure Galifianakis asked her hard hitting, probing questions about her email and the lies she told about it, the Libya debacle, the Foundation as slush fund, the pay for play diplomatic appointments, her health problems… right? Right?

  29. “Unlike the Q&A the Hangover star did with President Obama (which featured both some pretty harsh lines from the interviewer and some funny, well-delivered ripostes from Obama), this is liberal virtue signaling at its worst”.

    You’re forgetting that this is election season, they have to do their best to keep Hilldawg looking good. Its “Liberal Virtue Signaling or Die”.

  30. Weird. All those months, HyR bloggers were straining to find bad things to write about The Donald, and now just as he’s making statements he deserves to be raked over the coals for, those statements get scant mention, while it’s Hillary they’re straining to denigrate.

    1. There has never been any strain to point out Hillary’s shortcoming. They are blindingly obvious to any who would look.

  31. Nick, only now at the end are you beginning to understand…..

  32. It’s pretty funny Nick.
    Lighten up.

  33. If it looks as though Trump is ahead a month from now, the all she has to do to prevent him from winning is to step aside in favor of Kaine. This is now a left-of-center country and it will favor a left-of-center candidate as long as that candidate isn’t encumbered by Hillary’s baggage.

    1. Ha–the only way she steps aside is if she has a full-on stroke, and the DNC would probably even be cynical enough to use that to try and elect her under a sympathy vote. You really think she’s going to let the party that’s under her family’s full control enact an internal coup to remove her in favor of Kaine, when she’s so close to the brass ring she’s coveted her whole life? The guy would end up committing suicide by two gunshots to the back of the head.

  34. Fuck you Clinton you fucking war monger and supporter of the racist and un Constitutional war on drugs and a big fuck you to all you fucking Hollywood limousine liberals.

    Hollywood limousine liberals support a racist war monger.

  35. I remember when he was funny

  36. I hate these Hollysuck fuck turds. NO ONE GIVES A SHIT WHO YOU SUPPORT. These idiots rally against the “one percent” yet are in that very same group. In fact, I’d argue whenever these idiot tools throw their weight behind anybody it makes people want to vote for the other person. I don’t give a shit what these fucking losers believe or support in Remakewood. Which is the reason why I hope Trump wins, its mainly out of spite, I don’t support the guy but I want to see the piss pants brigade that populate college campuses and the limo-green house gas wafting-libturds gnash their teeth, throw a crying hissy fit and break their toys.

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  38. If anyone thinks Hillary’s “interview” scored her any points with millennials, they’re sadly mistaken. She was pathetic, and Zach’s best line was when he asked her if they should stay in touch via email.

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    http://www.esquire.com/news-po…..te-change/

    See – if someone smoked weed – like Obama – he can’t be trusted with launch codes- oh – Obama is a democrat – that’s different.

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  42. Between two ferns really is funny. Galifianakis hates everyone. “You’ve got mail!”, Hillarious.

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