This image from video released by Funny Or Die shows President Obama, left, with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on “Between Two Ferns,” the digital short with a laser focus on reaching people aged 18 to 34. (AP Photo/Funny Or Die)
NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama’s appearance on the “Between Two Ferns” satirical online talk show this week is at 15 million views — almost at Justin Bieber levels.
The website Funny or Die said Friday that Obama’s interview with Zach Galfianakis (ga-lih-fih-NA’-kihs), posted Tuesday, will likely beat Bieber’s record of 17.8 million views for the talk show. The comic website’s CEO, Dick Glover, called the appearance a key moment for the Internet, much like Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats for radio and the Kennedy-Nixon debate for television.
Obama told Ryan Seacrest in an interview Friday that he figured he’d reached his target audience of young people with a health care message when his daughter Malia was excited to hear he had taped the appearance with Galfianakis.