This may be the best thing you've seen at a conference this year

OpenStack goes “Between two ferns”

Those open source folks over at OpenStack seem to know how to keep conferences light.

This week more than 4,500 OpenStack faithful have descended upon Atlanta for the organization's bi-annual summit. During one of the keynote sessions by OpenStack Foundation executive Mark Collier, he brought up on stage someone who looked at awful lot like Hollywood actor Zack Galifianakis.

Then this happened:

(The whole video is 54 minutes, but the fun starts at 41:51. Here's a link to the full video.)

If you're not familiar with why this is funny, then refer to the website Funny or Die and check out Galifianakis's recurring series of short "Between Two Ferns" videos. The sketch gained wide popularity when President Obama was featured on the showIt's pretty dry humor, but it's funny.

While the real Galifianakis didn't show up at the OpenStack summit, the bit is still pretty good. And now OpenStack has its own version of Between Two Ferns.

Senior Writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing for Network World and He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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