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Penn, Clinton appear in online comedy clip

Oct. 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Ted Danson, Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon and Sean Penn appear in a Funny or Die video posted online Tuesday.

"Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm" was first shown at a weekend concert to raise money for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The short comedy film shows Stiller, Damon, Penn, Danson, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black and Mary Steenburgen as members of the Clinton Foundation's Celebrity Division coming up with ideas to make the world a better place.

Wiig suggests people hold their breath for a minute a day to limit emissions while Damon thinks a celebrity baseball team is needed to raise morale and Black wants to offer the foundation the catchy theme song he wrote. Penn suggests an initiative whereby folks stop stealing his brown-bagged lunch out of the foundation break-room refrigerator. Spacey and Clinton appear at the end of the clip for a hilarious conclusion.

Film producer Christin Trogan told The Hollywood Reporter each star worked for about two hours on the video, which was shot in five days last month.

The celebrities, with the exception of Stiller and married couple Danson and Steenburgen, were filmed separately and edited into the video so it looks like everyone is in the same room.

"It was one of those things where, when we were going through the bits, we had certain people in mind, and we got really lucky that they were able to be part of it," Trogan said. "It was almost like some other force was blessing this video and enabling it to come together."

The video can be seen at: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/71a3d4cccc/clinton-foundation-celebrity-brainstorm?rel=player.

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