It’s the interior of the White House, the president’s bedroom. It’s night. Gerald Ford stumbles in. He’s befuddled. He prat falls onto a table. “Live from New York…”
But this is no Saturday Night Live sketch. History has come alive on Funny or Die in an exclusive, star-studded video. Rather than mince words, let me cut to the chase.
• Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford
• Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter
• Jim Carrey as Ronald Reagan
• Dana Carvey as George HW Bush
• Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton
• Will Ferrell as George W. Bush
• Fred Armisen as Barack Obama
• Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama
Put Ron Howard in charge (or as in charge as anyone could be with this bunch) and get them going on a politically charged cause (creating a Consumer Finance Protection Agency for credit card and bank regulation), and there you have Funny or Die’s “Presidential Reunion.” If the Kings of Comedy were humor’s equivalent of a supergroup, then this is its “We Are the World.”
It’s not necessarily funny, though it’s got a few crack-up lines (“As George Washington once said to John Adams…”). It’s more worthwhile for the sweet nostalgia and impressive all-in-one-place cast.
So far the precedent-setting, presidential clip (above) is accompanied by a quick Behind the Scenes montage (below) and an extended version of Dana Carvey’s dream sequence (even more below). Knowing FOD, there are more extras to come.