Friday, January 13, 2017

Favorite Videos of 2016: Day 12: Between Two Ferns: Hillary Clinton

"Critics have questioned some of your decision making recently, and by you doing this show I hope it finally lays that to rest."
"Oh, I think it absolutely proves their case. Don't you?"
2016 was a weird year for things to return: BriTANick came back with two shorts, Thomas Gore of Balloonshop may have made is big comeback, and then there's this, the long-awaited return to Between Two Ferns, with Hillary Clinton no less.

I'm going to try to discuss what I liked about the video minus the politics. For one thing, Zach Galifianakis is just a gift in everything he does, with his mean-spirited punching down always being a delight before his flustered and aggravated interviewee, and while Clinton, as a politician, struggled to loosen up as to retain as much dignity as one can possibly have, Zach did enough heavy-lifting to really carry the whole bit across, with Clinton's decidedly terse answers still having a nice snark.

Really, though, that's the one issue with the video. Clinton isn't all that willing to engage too much, and you can't blame. The problem is simply a lack of a good rhythm between the two- we know everything is staged, of course, but she doesn't come across as aggressive, uncomfortable, or mildly peeved. She's just kind of there as someone to bounce jokes off of. Whereas people like Brad Pitt and even Barack Obama were keen on participating, Clinton was at least mildly detached.

Still, though, I can't complain. As far as I'm concerned, seeing Zach getting pummeled to the ground by the CIA never ceases being funny.

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