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People in Film | Zach Galifianakis
Updated August 31, 2010
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
Starting off as a production assistant on a independent film over 10 years ago, Zach Galifianakis introduced himself to the movie’s producer by saying: “Galifianakis—starts with a gal and ends with a kiss.” While his name was difficult to remember, let alone spell, his persona became indelible. As Bobby, a fellow patient at the psych ward in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Galifianakis displays his trademark touches: the out-of-left field responses, the mercurial shifts in manner, the absurd mixture of experience and naiveté. But the character Bobby, a father fighting to keep his dignity and identity in the wake of his own anarchical actions, also shows the degree of humanity that Galifianakis can bring to his humor. Yes, of course, Bobby is a bit crazy, but more importantly he’s someone who has experienced life on life’s terms. And experience is something Galifianakis has, well, experience with. From college drop-out to stand-up hero, from a bus boy in a strip club to ShoWest’s 2010 Comedy Star of the Year, from bombing at a burger joint to starring in one of the biggest comedy hits of recent time–– Galifianakis never loses his sense of humor.