In a week strong on power plays, which include being likened to a cane toad and labelled persona non grata in the Northern Territory by her own party, perhaps no one would blame the Prime Minister for needing some light relief.
This might go some way to explaining why Julia Gillard eschewed an appearance on ABC's 7.30 last night to instead appear on Ten's infotainment news program The Project where she was interviewed by none other than US comedian Will Ferrell.
Ferrell obviously brings a wealth of experience to political debate as he is, after all, the star of a Hollywood comedy where he plays a politician seeking re-election.
As expected, the debate stayed strictly in the shallow end but it did give The Campaign star the chance to show off his research of our local political scene, including a deliberate stumble on Gillard's marital status and a joke about her partner Tim Mathieson.
The hardest question Gillard had to face was about Ferrell's split ends.
“I suffer from horrible split ends, would you have any advice for me because this hair's terrible,” he said. “It's like horse hair and I'm at my wits end.”
“Will I can give you some very clear advice, and I'm sure Tim would endorse it,” responded Gillard, tongue firmly in cheek. “You need to get yourself to a hairdresser straight away, you need to spend buckets and buckets of money on in-salon treatments and you need to buy everything that they recommend for you to take home.”
Ferrell did stray into the subject of electricity prices, a topic Gillard would have been more at home responding to, but by then the tone had been set.
“Julia, it's Will again. I'm wondering, do you have an opinion on the power prices?” he asked.
“Will ... I'm concerned with all these treatments in the hairdressers – there's a lot of power being used with blow dryers and the like, so these power price issues are important for you too.”
Unfortunately for Gillard the light relief was short lived and it's now back to the cane toads.