By now we’ve all seen Hillary Clinton’s “Between Two Ferns” episode with Zach Galifianakis. And if you haven’t, come out from under that rock you’re hiding under and watch it here. To make the episode even better and more ingenious, the creator of the Funny or Die series is here to answer your burning question: was it scripted or improvised?
“When we did the Obama one, what was going to happen was pretty vetted,” Comedy Bang! Bang! host and Between Two Ferns co-creator Scott Aukerman told the Wall Street Journal Thursday. “We had a longer prep time and did more of a dance about what was going into the video and what wasn’t. Generally, we like them to be improvised, so we threw that out there for this one and, to their credit, the Clinton campaign wanted it to be as much like the normal experience for us as possible.”
And in the end they were able to do just that and keep the shoot almost entirely improvisational. “I’d say 90 percent of the questions we asked and the conversation that was had was totally improvised,” Aukerman said. “That’s impressive to me because I didn’t think that would happen.”
The Clinton campaign didn’t even make any special editing requests after shooting wrapped. “We’re not playing a prank on people, and we want them to like it when it comes out,” Aukerman, who also directed the episode, said. “So occasionally someone will say ‘that’s too mean’ and we’ll gladly cut it out. In this case, the campaign really wanted the video to be authentic, so all of the stuff that’s in there is our favorite stuff.”
Although it doesn’t look like we will be seeing Trump make an appearance anytime soon. “I just can’t imagine a situation in which that would ever even occur,” Aukerman said. “I just can’t see him subjecting himself to that.”