Zachary Knight "Zach" Galifianakis (born October 1, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian and actor known for his numerous film and television appearances including his own Comedy Central Presents special. He garnered attention for his role as Alan Garner in the comedy film The Hangover and The Hangover Part II directed by Todd Phillips.
ESQ: Do you have a helmet, or do you trust the beard and hair for safety?
ZG: I do not have a helmet. But this is a wig, so it's a little protective.
ESQ: When did the beard start?
ZG: Well, I have never been much of a groomer. I take baths a lot, but I don't wear deodorant. I don't have to. I have a miraculous body scent. I've had women smell me and say that should be bottled. I would advise guys to lay off the Drakkar, because the cavemen weren't wearing it. They might have been putting mint leaves on their balls, but [your scent] is grown naturally. I have really good dating advice.
In the end, it really comes down to personal choices. And my role in the world is only as big as my beer gut. So I feel forced to share with you that my biggest regret in life is my beer gut, while I am most proud of that time I washed my body with Ted Danson —that was his Make-A-Wish request. But you know what they say, everything happens for a season ? It is what it it... It's not how hard you fall, it's whether or not the actual fall seemed to hurt you physically. There's nothing to queer but queer itself. In ten years I will likely be regretful of my bad attitude. So if I could leave you with one thought, it would be I hope you enjoyed the above, and I was serious in a few of the answers and some are just my regular goof-abouts, but regardless, thanks for reading and have a great Thanksgiving.
Now let me tell you about my advice when it comes to international affairs. For example, what's going on in other countries is totally foreign. (Except Venus. I don't give a rat's mustache what happens there.) It's been very confusing to witness all this confusion in the Middle East. And to think, without Facebook it all would have been done through fax or Faxback (a social-networking group where you make friends via fax). I think the biggest mistake made by Muammar Kid Daffy (that's the right way to spell it, though it's pronounced kah-dah-fee) was birth. He should know that the real reason young people demonstrate is because there are legitimate injustices in the world. And to stop them, all you need to do is distract people with VH1 shows.
Galifianakis went to the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year, where he rubbed shoulders with Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Rahm Emanuel and many others. At the after party he wandered down to the pool and bumped into Jane Lynch and her wife and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his boyfriend. "Nice to meet you!" he said to the group. "I didn't realize it was Gay Night by the swimming pool." At the time, he saw nothing wrong with the exchange. "I walked away like, 'Another good one!'" he says. "But my girlfriend said, 'I gotta tell you, Zach – that did not go over well. You have to watch people's reactions!'"
"I'm terrible about people wanting to take pictures with me," Galifianakis says. "I'm a giant baby about it. They treat you like a cartoon. There's nothing you can do except make light of it. That's if I'm in the mood. Sometimes I get superbummed."
Zach Galifianakis and Quinn Lundberg have tied the knot! The consonant-heavy couple said "I do" over the weekend in Vancouver, according to Yahoo News. The details are scant, but the funnyman and his bride reportedly enjoyed a rehearsal dinner at Vancouver's Stanley Park and held the grand ceremonies at a nearby country club. (Lundberg, a former ballerina, is a Canadian native.)
ESQ: Parked in your car. So where do you think you got your sense of humor?
ZG: My family has really good senses of humor. Even my great aunts in Greece. When you have a 79-year-old great aunt stand on a table while you're eating dinner and squat to show you the correct back position for taking a shit... I think certain people kind of have it in their blood a little bit to have a sense of humor. You're raised in it.
In 2009, Galifianakis landed his most famous role to date alongside Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover. The movie, directed by Todd Phillips, won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical in 2010. That same year, Galifianakis had a small but memorable role in the Oscar nominated George Clooney film, Up in the Air. He is currently starring in the critically acclaimed HBO series Bored to Death, opposite Jason Schwartzman.
In the late 1980s, Galifianakis attended North Carolina State University. He dropped out of college just one credit short of graduating, however, and moved to New York City. While in New York in 1995, Galifianakis met stand-up comedian Lisa deLarios, who pushed him to try his hand at stand-up comedy. Galifianakis performed his first show at a restaurant in Times Square called Hamburger Harry's. After a year of honing his skills in New York City, Galifianakis moved to Los Angeles, where he thought his bizarre brand of comedy would find a better reception.
Originally from western North Carolina, Zach moved to New York City after failing his last college class by one point. Zach got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square. He now tours the country, performing in coffee shops and universities. When not performing stand-up, Zach spends time at his home in the mountains of his native North Carolina, where he hopes to open a writer's retreat on a completely self-sustained farm.