Between Two Ferns: The Movie premieres Friday, September 20 on Netflix.
Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis’ low blood sugar Funny or Die celebrity roast series, is now, for better or worse, a Netflix movie. Lifted up and out of its online comedy sketch bubble, Between Two Ferns: The Movie presents us with a full narrative for the faux show. Specifically, it offers a backstory explaining why an eccentric, obtuse public access TV host would somehow land an avalanche of A-Listers willing to endure five minutes of dry insults.
The loose idea here, for this quasi-improvisational road trip tale directed by Scott Aukerman, is that Will Ferrell is a maniacal coke addict who, for the sake of trillions of “clicks” on Funny or Die, forces his celebrity friends to fly to North Carolina to appear on a small-town show hosted by a rude moron.