Have you seen the Zach Galifianakis comedy series on Funny or Die called "Between Two Ferns"? It's basically Galifianakis conducting fake interviews with celebrities during which they both sit between two potted ferns and Galifianakis asks a bunch of strange and inappropriate questions. The resulting videos are always weird and awkward and deeply hilarious, and I've enjoyed every single one I've ever watched -- but none quite so much as his recent collaboration with Justin Bieber.
This particular "Between Two Ferns" episode is so great, in fact, I find myself reluctantly warming to Justin Bieber despite all his bratty behavior lately. I mean, any kid who's willing to let Zach Galifianakis badger him with the exact sort of insults disguised as questions we ALL want to ask -- not to mention the fantastic moment when Galifianakis angrily removed his belt and SPANKED him -- is okay in my book.
Galifianakis comes right out swinging by telling Bieber why he's thrilled to have him on the show:
It’s really exciting to talk to you, especially right in the middle of your public meltdown.
He goes on to say he's not sure how to talk to kids ("I've just never interviewed a 7-year-old before"), before asking him his first insightful question:
What was the last toy you got in a Happy Meal?
I have to say, Bieber does a great job of playing straight man. Check it out:
Haaaaaaaa. There are so many great lines from Galifianakis in this skit, I can't decide which is my favorite:
When you’re in the recording studio, do you ever think ‘Hey, what if I don’t make something shitty?'
You’ve had three hairstyles. What’s next for your career?
You said recently that Anne Frank could have been a Belieber ... Did you mean that if the Nazis had not taken her, and she lived to be in her 80s, she would have liked your music, presumably due to loss of hearing?
There hasn't been a time in the last six or seven years that I haven't urinated into a bucket. But I don't film it and put it on the Internet!
I don’t like your attitude, to be quite honest. Because you know what? YOU’RE TOO YOUNG TO BE SMOKING POT AND PEE PEEING IN BUCKETS AND DRIVING UP AND DOWN THE HIGHWAY FAST! I don’t think your mom would really mind if a stranger whipped her son.
Nothing dilutes public criticism like acknowledging it and making it funny as hell. Well played, Justin Bieber. Now pull up your damn pants.
What did you think of this video? Have you seen the "Between Two Ferns" series before?
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