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Will Ferrell vs. Zach Galifianakis: Who is the funnier candidate in ‘The Campaign’ teasers?

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell, seeking office in “The Campaign.” (Patti Perret/Warner Bros.)

The marketing campaign for “The Campaign” — in which Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play political rivals vying for a North Carolina congressional seat — is heating up thanks to a pair of new teaser clips and a Facebook presence for both candidates.

In this corner: Ferrell’s Cam Brady, an incumbent with a tendency to say stupid things and a Facebook page that reminds voters that he is “takin’ care of business.” In the other corner: Galifianikis’s Marty Huggins, a political newbie with backing from some wealthy supporters and . . . also a tendency to say stupid things. (Facebook page slogan: “Let’s clean up America. It’s a mess.”)

At this early stage in the “Campaign” campaign, which one seems like the stronger candidate? Well, neither, obviously. Both of these guys would be a complete disaster if given any kind of power whatsoever.

But which one’s funnier? Let’s watch the pair of clips below (found via Collider) and decide.

Ferrell’s Brady, a man who believes one of Saddam Hussein’s sons is named Falafel:

And Galifianakis’s Huggins, in an ad paid for by “Americans United in Unity.”

Obviously it’s a little early to make a determination, especially since the movie doesn’t come out until August. But right now, I give a slight edge to Galifianakis because he seems like more of a wild card and also because, despite the difference in the accent, Ferrell’s Cam Brady reminds me a little too much of Ferrell’s George W. Bush and, to a lesser extent, Ron Burgundy.

What do you think? Cast your “Campaign” vote by posting a comment.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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