Funny or Die just released a brand new installment of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, this time featuring the very uninterested Brad Pitt. Pitt's interview has references to everything from his charity work to Benjamin Button to George Clooney, not to mention an extremely short standup performance by Louis C.K.
Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.
The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes. [...]
Here's a new video Funny or Die made to help promote indie band The National's new documentary Mistaken for Strangers. In the video, respected thespians and former Bored to Death costars Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson decide to adapt the documentary into a stage play, and the result is a heated dramatic tale of two brothers whose lives are bound by love, music, and plenty of bickering.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wrote and directed his first movie this past year, and it's finally hitting theaters this summer. Called Are You Here, it stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, which sounds like a slam-dunk on paper but the early reviews from Are You Here's film festival premiere have been pretty rough on the movie. Are You Here is set for a theatrical and VOD release on August 22nd.
Zach Galifianakis is teaming up with Oscar-winning French director Michel Hazanavicius to make a movie. Hazanavicius, who won an Academy Award for directing The Artist two years ago, has been hired to direct the upcoming Zach Galifianakis comedy Will, Variety reports. Paul Rudd is also in talks ot play the other lead in Will. The movie, which has been in development since 2006, takes place in a world where everyone has guardian angels and follows an ordinary guy named Will (Rudd) whose guardian angel (Galifianakis) stops showing up to work and leaves him without a "script" for his life. Hazanavicius says he hopes to shoot he movie later this year [...]