First the Nobel Peace Prize and now this?!? Are you kidding us?
The snarky—and extremely successful—Web video that President Barack Obama and comic Zach Galifianakis made last spring to promote enrollment in Obamacare was nominated for an Emmy Award on Thursday.
The "Between Two Ferns" interview the funnyman did with Obama, which went viral upon release March 11, was nominated in the category of outstanding short-format live-action entertainment program.
The video, with its oil-and-water chemistry between the unlikely duo, was credited with creating a surge of visitors that day to HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare health insurance exchange.
It has since been viewed 22 million times on the site Funnyordie.com—or about three times the number of people who actually managed to sign up for Obamacare plans.
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The video is competing against other nominees that include the Super Bowl's halftime show with Bruno Mars. Winners will be announced Aug. 25.