Adam Scott Plays 'Stepbrothers' Douche-Bro to Promote Obamacare, Because Funny Works
Barack Obama is no stranger to cause célèbres: after his interview on Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns, in which he exhibited a beautiful, dry sense of humor and reminded young people to sign up for Obamacare before the deadline of March 31, the video went viral. And on Monday, Adam Scott, our beloved Pawnee uber-geek/Mr. Leslie Knope made another "Funny or Die" video to promote Obamacare registration, this time in the guise of his uber-douchebag character from Stepbrothers, Derek Huff. (He's also hanging out with Mark Cuban and Chris Daughtry — via Google Glass.) Huff, the Vice President of the Biggest Helicopter Leasing Company on the Eastern Seaboard, has something he needs to get off his chest: Health insurance SUCKS.
Health insurance equals fear. I'm not afraid of anything, bro... my primary care physician is Anthony Bourdain. I never drink water, because it tastes weird, and I don't like it. I once drank an entire bottle of anti-freeze and it had no effect, whatsoever. Like none. I just went home and watched Disc 3 of season 4 of Entourage and went to bed early.
After his promo, Huff falls off the pedestal and breaks his "sweet little ankie" (translation: ankle), and laments the cost of an out-of-pocket ambulance — which, as a crew member reminds him, would be much more affordable if he had health insurance. All in all, a pretty good way to advertise HealthCare.gov. (He even sneaks in an "I don't vaccinate my kids" burn, which is especially prescient this week.) And Obama's Between Two Ferns segment proved that funny does help increase awareness about health coverage for young adults (especially since, before its redesign, the Obamacare website was, well, almost completely incomprehensible) — after the Galifianakis interview, traffic to the Obamacare website increased a whopping 40 percent.
It's tough to keep track of deadlines, especially when it comes to us wacky millennials. (I'll be the first to admit it.) And even though it was painfully transparent that Scott's video and the Between Two Ferns segment were targeted at us, sometimes transparency just works.
Deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31! You can watch Derek Huff hate on Obamacare here.