Hillary Clinton Just Went on Between Two Ferns, and It’s Hilarious

'Any regrets over losing the Scott Baio vote?'

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I really regret doing this," Hillary Clinton declares about halfway through her new Between Two Ferns interview with Zach Galifianakis. But of course, that's more than a bit disingenuous, as the five-and-a-half minute video below will surely prove to be among her best bits of marketing for the upcoming presidential election.

President Obama famously sat down for a Between Two Ferns interview in 2014, in what turned out to be an ad for Healthcare.gov. (That video ended up winning a slew of ad awards.) Likewise, the new video, from Funny or Die, is a sly bit of advertising for the Democratic presidential nominee. It's peppered with Trump insults, and even the jokes about Clinton—from her wardrobe to her email use—feel pretty friendly.

Even the Trump campaign commercial that runs toward the end of the interview undermines the Republican. Now, Zach really just needs to get Trump on the show. 

UPDATE: Politico explains how Clinton's appearance came about. It was, in fact, Hillary's idea. She had been impressed, like everyone else, with Obama's turn on the show.

"She told her team she wanted to do it, and that she really liked the one with President Obama, so that kind of made the process really easy," says comedian Scott Aukerman, who directs and executive produces the series. "We didn't have to go through the hoops we sometimes have to go through in order to even get Hollywood people to do it."

Aukerman also weighs in on a possible Trump appearance.

"No, we have not invited Trump to do Between Two Ferns," he says. "I don't think he would do it. … I don't think he has thick enough skin. … I wouldn't be surprised if his team reached out, but I'd be surprised if it ever were to happen in the same way this happened, with us being able to improvise questions." 

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.
Publish date: September 22, 2016 https://dev.adweek.com/brand-marketing/hillary-clinton-just-went-between-two-ferns-and-its-hilarious-173646/ © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT