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Improvisation a challenge, treat for Lauren Lapkus in ‘Between Two Ferns’

A scene from the film, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” which is streaming on Netflix. At right is Lauren Lapkus. (Adam Rose/Netflix)

Lauren Lapkus’ background is in comedy.

When she signed on for the production, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” she didn’t know what to expect.

“I’ve been a fan of the series since it came out 10 years ago,” she says. “I was doing comedy in Chicago and I was thrilled that there was this show that made a lot of sense to me. When the movie came around, it felt like a dream come true.”

Lapkus co-stars with creator Zach Galifianakis in the film, which begins streaming on Friday, Sept. 20.

The premise of the film follows the public access TV show “Between Two Ferns” — which Galifianakis created more than a decade ago.

But when Will Ferrell discovered it and uploaded it to “Funny Or Die,” Galifianakis became a viral laughing stock.

Now, Galifianakis and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation. Some of those interviewed include Keanu Reeves, Brie Larson, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Hamm and nearly a dozen others.

Lapkus’ challenge for the film was keeping a straight face among all the comedic high jinks.

“It was very difficult,” she says of being straight faced. “Zach is one of the funniest people that I have ever met.”

Behind the scenes of the film, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie.” (Adam Rose/Netflix)

Another challenge for the actors is that the script was left open to improvisation.

“I loved creating my character,” Lapkus says. “I think there is a fun element of the character. She’s eccentric. We were able to create the back stories to each of our characters. What their daily lives are like outside of being part of this production crew.”

With a lot of improv, Lapkus says there was a lot of footage cut from the film.

“We to to have so many conversations about our characters that didn’t make the film,” she says. “There was one scene that didn’t make it that shows my house. I live with my parents in a mansion and I had a lot of dogs.”

Aside from working with Galifianakis, Lapkus also enjoyed the physical comedy.

“There’s rushing water in the hallway,” she says. “And when we shot on location, we had to work with the elements. We did have stunt doubles, but the majority of the time, we did it ourselves.”

The film is directed by Scott Aukerman, and produced by “Funny Or Die’s” Mike Farah and Caitlin Daley, and Aukerman and Galifianakis.

Zach Galifianakis in a scene of “Between Two Ferns: The Movie.” (Adam Rose/Netflix)

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