His interview with Zach Galifianakis on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns, where Galifianakis works his way through awkward celebrity Q&As, has received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program. Officially, Executive Producers Galifianakis, Scott Aukerman, B.J. Porter, and Mike Farah would receive the award.
In the interview, Galifianakis and Obama traded zingers back and forth on topics ranging from the abysmal third Hangover movie to what it was like being the “last black president.” The episode’s success prevented Funny or Die from loading properly, and it’s been watched more than 22 million times to date.
White House aides congratulated Obama and the other nominees on Twitter.
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) July 10, 2014
Between Two Ferns with POTUS just nominated for an Emmy!
— Eric Schultz (@Schultz44) July 10, 2014
— Dag Vega (@DagVega44) July 10, 2014
Between Two Ferns faces tough competition against Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, the Super Bowl halftime show, and two shows that have a connection to the president: The Soup’s True Detective parody which starred White House correspondents’ dinner host Joel McHale, and Web content from Parks and Recreation, which guest-starred Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Creative Arts Emmys will take place on Aug. 16.