Zach Galifianakis & Ted Danson Collaborate With the National… Sort Of (Watch)

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Matt Berninger of The National performs during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. 

Call it 'Between Two Berningers,' if you will.

Last year, National frontman Matt Berninger and his younger, metalhead brother Tom assumed the starring roles in "Mistaken for Strangers," an award-winning documentary about the younger Berninger tagging along on tour as an unwanted, misunderstood roadie. In a brand-new sketch for Funny or Die, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis re-created the rock doc as an even more awkward play.

Call it "Between Two Berningers," if you will. Galifianakis plays Tom and Danson plays Matt, as the pair take on the personae of the brothers Berninger in some awkward rehearsal scenes, which feature the real-life brothers helping the actors to get into their characters.

In one of the clip's best lines, Galifianakis attests to why he took on the project: "Theater is my first love. After I interviewed the president, I was looking for something different. I'd been offered another thing on Broadway — 'Shrek' — but I had done 'Shrek' off-Broadway and I was a little burnt out on it, to be honest."

For more on the actual 2013 documentary, check out Billboard's Q&A with the Berninger brothers.


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