Flashback: When Rowan Atkinson interviewed Elton John and all hell broke loose
23 September 2019, 12:28
This week sees the release of the Between Two Ferns movie starring Zach Galifianakis, but there's a classic sketch that arguably influenced the comedy interview series without realising it.
Back in 1991, Rowan Atkinson recorded a spoof interview with Elton John as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness event, and it's still utterly hilarious nearly 30 years later.
It's amazing seeing two British entertainment icons come together in such a humourous way, with Rowan giving the then-44-year-old singer a difficult time.
Watch the interview below:
The interview sees Rowan ask Elton a series of unusual questions, with Elton clearly doing everything he can not to giggle.
This interview is arguably the original Between Two Ferns, a show where comedian Zach Galifianakis speaks to high-profile stars with deadpan humour, along with the occasional insulting quip.
“Funny name. ‘Elton,’” Rowan asks the singer. “Did you ever consider ‘John Elton’?”
How Elton kept a straight face is anyone's guess.