The President's Appearance on Between Two Ferns Seems to Have Worked

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Yesterday the internet lost its mind because President Obama appeared on Zach Galifianakis' 6-year-long fat joke "Between Two Ferns." The episode was four minutes of jokes followed by a two minute pitch for young people to sign up for health care. And, well, according to Tara McGuinness, Senior White House Communications Adviser it seems to have worked like gangbusters. 

It has also worked out well for its host site Funny or Die, whose site says the video has racked up 12 million views. It's more popular than most of the Between Two Ferns episodes, but still lags behind the Justin Bieber episode, which has 17 million views.

Here's the video if you are one of the 8 people in the country who haven't seen it yet.

For our money, there is no better Between Two Ferns than Jon Hamm's appearance. 


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Comments [3]

Aurora King from La Jolla, California

Did it occur to anyone else that the use of humor would be the most powerful tool for Obama to use to defeat
the Republicans so we can go back to the old-fashioned idea that the two houses of Congress together can govern the country?

Mar. 13 2014 11:13 PM
Sean Robertson from New York, NY

This made the rounds at my office the other day, and believe me, it's not 13 year-olds. The whole office was cracking up. We're a web and application design/development shop, average age mid 20s to mid 30s (with a number a good bit older). Granted, we're geeks and thus outside of mainstream culture for our age, but we're certainly as tech oriented as the younger generation that segment targeted.

I would also add that this segment (I've not seen the others) required a significant knowledge of current and recent events to get the jokes, and I doubt many 13 year olds would possess that knowledge (I did at that age, but still may not have gotten all of the humor of it then).

Mar. 13 2014 11:18 AM
StanChaz from BrookLandia

Two Ferns looks like it might appeal to 13 year old boys- not quite the demographic sought by the Affordable Care Act Website. But I guess it generated curious adult traffic as well.

Mar. 13 2014 07:15 AM

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