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President Obama Reflects on 'Between Two Ferns': "We Had a Great Time"

"Zach actually was pretty nervous. It was funny to watch because this whole Between Two Ferns schtick – which I wasn’t familiar with before my staff told me that we had been pitched to do this – his whole character is to go after the guest, and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, 'I wonder what happens here if I cross the line?' But we had a great time."

- President Obama talking about doing Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns on Ryan Seacrest's morning show (via Washington Post)

President Barack Obama Does 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis

Here's the newest installment of Between Two Ferns that Funny or Die released today, which features President Obama trying to plug healthcare.gov while taking in all kinds of question topics from Zach Galifianakis, from pardoning turkeys to same-sex divorce to spider bites to birth certificates to what he plans to do with the whole North Ikea situation. Obama also shares some strong opinions about Bradley Cooper and the Hangover movies.

'SNL' Review: Kerry Washington Is Ready

I never thought we would see the day when SNL considered itself newsworthy enough to parody. But it happened — not in the form of a quick joke during the monologue or Weekend Update, or a walk-on by Lorne Michaels, as has happened before — but with a whole cold open sketch, wherein host Kerry Washington was compelled to play numerous black female characters (Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce) because SNL literally had no one else who could do them. The meta-sketch also included a half-apologetic text scroll from the producers promising to fix the situation, unless they "fall in love with another white guy first," and a cameo by [...]

The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

Conan O'Brien to Host the White House Correspondents' Dinner This Year

Conan O'Brien has been tapped to host the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner, the annual event that sees a comedian performing before the President and Vice President, the press, and C-SPAN's entire audience. White House Correspondents' Association president Ed Henry made the announcement this morning that O'Brien will be hosting the event on April 27, 2013. The  dinner typically begins with the President delivering his own set of jokes at the top before the comedian takes the stage. The three previous hosts were Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Jay Leno. This is Conan O'Brien's second time hosting the event; the first was in 1995, under President Clinton, when [...]

Scott Aukerman Hopes 'Between Two Ferns' Will Become a Presidential Campaign Trail Stop

"Other presidents had done Letterman, SNL, but this is the first sitting president to do a viral video, and people on the left and right are talking about it. Yeah, I would love it if Between Two Ferns became a stop on the campaign trail in a couple of years."

- Between Two Ferns co-creator/director Scott Aukerman in an interview with Slate in the wake of President Obama's now famous guest appearance on the web series.

President Obama Pays Tribute to Fellow Chicagoan Harold Ramis

“When we watched his movies … we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings."

- President Barack Obama in a written statement released today on yesterday's passing of filmmaker and comedy pioneer Harold Ramis.

'President Obama' Calls Jimmy Fallon to Praise Jay Leno

From Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, here's Barack Obama (played by Dion Flynn) calling Jimmy Fallon to say great stuff about Jay Leno following his appearance on The Tonight Show, making him the only person under the age of 55 to think highly of Leno.

Jay Pharoah Did His Obama Impression for the President

Saturday Night Live's resident Obama impressionist Jay Pharoah got to impersonate the President to his face this week. A source tells The NY Post that Pharoah performed the impression as a surprise at a fundraiser at movie producer Harvey Weinstein's house. "Steve Martin, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel did a skit pretending they worked at the White House, and started questioning if they were getting a directive from the real president," the source says. "Then Jay came in and imitated Obama right in front of him. The president was surprised, then started laughing." What's the point of even imitating a public figure if it's not in a comedy [...]

Barack Obama Salutes David Letterman and People Who Aren't David Letterman at the Kennedy Center Honors

The annual Kennedy Center Honors were held last night at the White House, with President Barack Obama and a bunch of celebrities paying tribute to the year's honorees, a group that included David Letterman and some other people (Led Zeppelin, blues musician Buddy Guy, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and Dustin Hoffman). The show will be broadcast December 26 on CBS. On the red carpet, Letterman told the press he was excited to win the award and for the trip to the White House, saying, "It supersedes everything, honestly. I haven't won that many awards."

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ray Romano were on hand to honor Letterman. Fey [...]

How Barack Obama Ended Up on 'Between Two Ferns'

This morning, Funny Or Die released an episode of Zach Galifianakis's web series Between Two Ferns featuring Barack Obama as the special guest. Variety has the story on how this ended up happening.

Basically, the White House wanted to get young Americans to sign up for health insurance before a March 31st headline. Last summer, Obama attended a meeting with White House advisers and a bunch of movie/TV people about how to use Hollywood to spread the word about health care reform. Funny Or Die President of Production Mike Farah was at said meeting and pitched the idea of Obama doing Between Two Ferns there, but didn't discuss [...]

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Tried to Get Barack Obama to Cameo in 'Anchorman 2's Big Brawl

In a new interview with Paste magazine, Anchorman director/co-writer Adam McKay revealed that he and Will Ferrell tried to get a bunch of super lofty cameos for Anchorman 2's big news anchor brawl, including Oprah Winfrey and presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Here's McKay explaining what happened:

We drew up a wish list of all the people we wanted and what we ended up with was basically our wish list. It has never happened before. Usually you do your dream casting and you get 30 or 40 percent of the people. In this case they all said, “Yes.” It was insane. When they started saying, “Yes,” I [...]

President Obama to Award Elaine May with National Medal of Arts

The White House recently announced the batch of artists they'll be awarding with the 2012 National Medal of Arts awards this week, and a rare comedy person made it into the mix this time around. Beloved writer/director/actress Elaine May will be receiving the award when Barack Obama presents it to her alongside the awards other recipients, including George Lucas and Herb Alpert, tomorrow.

Two-time Oscar nominee May has had an impressive career in comedy on both sides of the camera and on stage. As a member of Second City predecessors The Compass Players, she began working with Mike Nichols. Nichols soon became her creative partner and the two [...]

Watch Conan O'Brien's White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

Conan O'Brien hosted the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend, and here's his entire 27-minute speech. It was O'Brien's second time hosting the event, following his first in 1995. Don't worry, fans of Conan's 1995 WHCA speech: this one has just as many George Stephanopoulos zingers.

Check out Barack Obama's comedic speech at the event below: