Sources suggest that the show Between Two Ferns is both scripted and improvised.
According to UPROXX, here’s what the show producer Scott Aukerman had to say about improv vs. scripted:
It’s as real as anything in a way. If you watch a talk show, the talk show host knows what they’re going to talk about most of the time. They have done a pre-interview where they script the conversation. We’ve never scripted a conversation. So it’s actually more real than most talk shows, which are staged. The people who are on it are always surprised by what is being asked. So, in that sense, it’s very real.
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Needless to say, it gets weird. There’s gum sharing, references to mega-star Pitt being overshadowed by his wife, mega-star Angelina Jolie, a nod to his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, and a mid-interview stand-up set by Louis C.K., who tells hacky jokes and asks Pitt what role he played in “Benjamin Buttons.” Check out more at The Daily Beast.