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People in Film | Zach Galifianakis

Posted August 31, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Zach Galifianakis"

A profile of the alternative stand up comedian-turned-actor who plays Bobby in It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

Zach Galifianakis | A Man with a Beard
Zach Galifianakis | A Man with a Past
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Zach Galifianakis | A Man with a Twin
Zach Galifianakis | A Man with a Plan
Zach Galifianakis | Man With a Microphone

Zach Galifianakis | Man With a Microphone

“I have done stand up everywhere. It is a very desperate art form and comedians will put a microphone anywhere they think someone might listen. There is a show here in Los Angeles that is held in a Laundromat.”
--- 2005 interview with Upstage Magazine

Galifianakis moved to New York in 1992 to become an actor, but he changed direction after a woman he’d met, Lisa DeLarious, pushed him to try standup. He debuted later that year at Hamburger Harry’s in New York’s Times Square. And after bombing there, he dusted himself off and kept going, honing his skills playing venues from strip clubs to prom-night cruise ships. Although he got his first television gig on the sitcom Boston Common in 1996, he continued to pick up a mic whenever he could. In 2001, he had his first Comedy Central Presents stand-up special, and in 2002, he masterminded his short-lived, but fondly remembered, Late World with Zach on VH1. In 2004, he joined fellow alternative comedians for the “Comedians of Comedy” tour. Most recently he’s shown how much he can do with a mic, a couple of chairs and some tacky office shrubbery in his Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. In fact, you can catch Galifianakis graciously talking to Ben Stiller about his film Greenberg here