-- co-creator of Funny Or Die's Between Two Ferns
web series -- directed last week's episode with U.S. President Obama. He talks to Jian about directing the president, how to make sincere politics seem funny and whether it violates an unspoken comedy rule to collaborate on selling a political message.
The White House is already called the sketch a success and on the day of its release, Funny or Die became the number one source of referral for the Obama administrations healthcare.gov, which Obama was on the show to promote.
"If we put out a sort of PSA in the Between Two Ferns set, I think that would've been selling out the show a little bit," Aukerman explains. "If it had just been an advertisement for the Affordable Care Act, we would not have been interested in doing it."
Aukerman describes how the episode came to fruition and responds to the criticism that some have launched his way.
"I think presidents and world leaders have used humour over the years to communicate their ideas," said Aukerman. "I think it's a long tradition of presidents and politicians communicating to the public using any means necessary."