Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis


10/1/1969, Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

Birth Name

Zacharius Knight Galifianakis


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American actor Zach Galifiankis, who rapidly rose to mainstream popularity with the box-office hit The Hangover (2009), grew up having "a comfortable childhood in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, wonderful parents, a big Greek family that was always laughing." His father was an oil heating vendor while his mother ran…more


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    • Zach: Wherever there's something that people don't feel comfortable talking about, that's where the good jokes are... A bad comic follows his audience, catering to whatever they want; a good comic will always lead.

    • Zach: I love to do shows in unlikely places, because the audience's expectations are less fixed.

    • Zach: My brother was torturous, I guess, but in a funny way. He used to say to me, 'I'm giving you a gag order,' then stuff his dirty underpants into my mouth. He used to drag me stark naked across the lawn, then hold me up by my ankles for the passing cars to see.

    • Zach: (on his sudden success; in a 2009 interview) If I were 26 and this was happening, it would be all great, and I would probably buy like 17 Dodge Vipers. But right now it's just a major inconvenience.

    • Zach: (recalling a time when he did "Late World with Zach") I knew from day one, when the VH1 guys came in and said, 'Don't make fun of Cher, don't make fun of Sheryl Crow.' Whatever their rotation was at the time. I was like, 'Well, this isn't a good marriage.'

    • Zach: When I first got to L.A., I had a pretty good setup. I convinced a mechanic to let me live in an Audi that was waiting to get fixed. I'd drive it around for a while, then it would break down and have to be fixed again, which meant I got to keep it for a little while longer. It was kind of an everybody-wins situation, except for the poor lady who was waiting for her Audi.

    • Zach: (recounting his first time doing stand-up comedy) It was in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square. I did a joke about not wanting to sleep on a girl's futon because it rhymed with crouton. I do not recall anyone laughing.

    • Zach: I am not really into porn. I have always wanted to go to a table read for a porn though. If I were to pick a genre it would have to be kitty porn (pornography with cats only) - often confused with you-know-what.

    • Zach: (excerpt from his bio on his website) I feel that living your life in contradiction keeps one confused and happy... It makes me laugh when people miscommunicate. I like walking over bridges and hate Donald Trump or anything like him. The entertainment business is both poison and honey.

    • Zach: I'm not cynical when it comes to things that are important. I'm cynical about pop culture and all that horseshit.

    • Zach: (in a 2007 interview) I was talking to my mom the other day, and she called me a weirdo. It was the first time I'd ever heard her say that, and I told her that I thought she was weird. So we got that out of the way. I think that I could be in porno, but as long as I was flying my parents around, they wouldn't really care. [Laughs.]

    • Zach: I never really did the club stuff; I'm really kind of a wimp that way. I just stay mostly in Los Angeles and perform in front of people wearing ironic T-shirts. That or a few goth chicks.

    • Zach: When you look like I do, it's hard to get a table for one at Chuck E. Cheese.

    • Zach: You know you're an alcoholic when the bartender knows your name... and you've never been to that bar before.

    • Zach: I like to go to really bad movies, during their sixth week, and there's only one other person in the theatre, and I like to sit right next to them. And they're like, 'excuse me?', and I'm like, 'Shhh, I can't hear Keanu.'

  • Zach attack!

    The only comedian that I have ever experienced close-up, Zach is a natural. From saying that "PDA" by Interpol sounds like a sofa commercial to using his pick up line "What are your top 5 Dharma & Greg episodes?," I don't think I've ever laughed as much around someone. His humor translates to bad movies, to bad TV shows, and to his amazing short lived VH1 series. He can make anything funny.

    Zach's talent is huge and I wish that TV execs would realize this. Yeah, "Jimmy Kimmel" isn't a great show, but it was at it's best when Zach co-hosted for those two weeks. If only Zach would have stayed on...

  • One of the greatest comedians I have seen in a long time!

    I had first seen Zach on his short lived TV show Late Night with Zach. After the first time i saw it , i tried to catch as many episodes of it as i could before it got canned. It was absolutely hilarious. An unusual style of comedy. His dvd offered by his site is also fantastic. I would seriously recommend checking out one of his acts if you ever get the opportunity.moreless