Zach Galifianakis

Zachary Knight Galifianakis[2] (/ˌɡælɪfəˈnækɪs/; born October 1, 1969)[3] is an American actor, comedian and writer who came to prominence with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001 and presented his own show called Late World with Zach on VH1 the following year. He has also starred in films, such as The Hangover trilogy (2009–2013), Due Date (2010), The Campaign (2012), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Masterminds (2016) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017).

Galifianakis is the host of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis on the Funny or Die website. He currently stars in the FX series Baskets for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016.

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Zach Galifianakis 2012 (cropped)
Galifianakis at the 2012 LA Pod Fest
Birth nameZachary Knight Galifianakis
BornOctober 1, 1969 (age 49)
Wilkesboro, North Carolina, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television, music
Years active1996–present
GenresAlternative comedy, deadpan, surreal humour, observational comedy, black comedy, insult comedy, physical comedy, musical comedy, one-liners
Subject(s)Everyday life, self-deprecation, current events
Quinn Lundberg (m. 2012)
Relative(s)Nick Galifianakis (uncle)[1]
Nick Galifianakis (cousin)
WebsiteOfficial MySpace Page

Early life

Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.[3] His mother, Mary Frances (née Cashion), was a community arts center owner, and his father, Harry, a heating oil vendor.[4] His mother is of Scottish ancestry, and his paternal grandparents, Mike Galifianakis and Sophia Kastrinakis, were emigrants from Crete, Greece.[5][6] Galifianakis was baptized in his father's Greek Orthodox church.[7][8][9][10] He has a younger sister, Merritt, and an older brother, Greg.[11] His cousin is Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis.[12] His uncle, a politician, is also named Nick Galifianakis. Galifianakis attended Wilkes Central High School, and subsequently attended but did not graduate from North Carolina State University, where he was a communication major.[13] While in college, he worked at a public access station. He taught a waltz class in 1991 where he crossed paths with Mary J. Blige.[14]


Early work

He began acting on television, guest-starring in Boston Common and joined Saturday Night Live as a writer but lasted only two weeks.[15] Galifianakis has stated "I worked on Saturday Night Live for two weeks, and Britney Spears was the host one week when I was doing it. Wrote a sketch, Will Ferrell was going to play a bodyguard to her belly button, and we were going to shrink Will down to fit into a belly button. ...she just stared at me after I explained it to her. And then she finally goes 'Yeah that’s funny.'" [16]Galifianakis co-starred in the film Out Cold, and had small roles in Corky Romano, Below, Bubble Boy, Heartbreakers, Into the Wild, Super High Me, Little Fish Strange Pond and Largo.

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Galifianakis on Inside Joke in New York City in 2006

In September 2001, he appeared in one episode of Comedy Central Presents. It included a stand-up routine, a segment with a piano, and a cappella group The Night Owls (introduced as his "12 ex-girlfriends") singing "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles while he made jokes. In 2002, he hosted his own VH1 talk show called Late World with Zach. It featured many of his friends and regular performers from the LA comedy and music venue Largo where he appeared frequently during this time period. One episode featured Largo regulars Jon Brion and Rhett Miller as musical guests. He played Davis in the Fox drama series Tru Calling.[7] He appeared many times on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and played Frisbee in four episodes of Reno 911!

Galifianakis played Alan Finger on the Comedy Central show Dog Bites Man, a fake news program that caught people during candid moments thinking they were being interviewed by a real news crew. He also guest-starred in the episode of the Comedy Central show The Sarah Silverman Program as Fred the Homeless Guy. He also had a recurring guest role as a doctor on the animated Adult Swim show Tom Goes to the Mayor and appeared in several episodes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! in a recurring role as Tairy Greene. In 2006, Galifianakis appeared in Fiona Apple's music video for the song "Not About Love", where he is seen lip-syncing the lyrics to the song. A year later, Kanye West employed Galifianakis and indie rock musician Will Oldham for similar purposes in the second version of the video for his song "Can't Tell Me Nothing". In June 2006, Galifianakis released the single "Come On and Get It (Up in 'Dem Guts)",[17] a comedic hip-hop dance song which features Apple's vocals.

Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford, are the four Comedians of Comedy, a periodic packaged comedy tour in the style of The Original Kings of Comedy and the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. They chose to perform at live rock clubs as opposed to comedy clubs to try to reach a different audience. Much of the tour was taped and has been featured in both a short-lived TV series on Comedy Central and a full-length movie that has appeared at SXSW and on Showtime. On February 22, 2008, he made an appearance on the 24 Hour Takeover. He interviewed various members of the Jackass cast. Galifianakis starred in first leading role in the independent film Visioneers which played in select cities in 2008.[18] The film which was released on direct-to-DVD. That same year, Galifianakis appeared in a web video series of advertisements for Absolut vodka, along with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creating a parody of the Golden Girls in which one has a deep anger issue, breaking the fourth wall in exasperation and outright violence on the set.[19] He also completed the pilot Speed Freaks for Comedy Central.

Zach's 2006 stand-up concert film Zach Galifianakis Live at the Purple Onion was one of the first original programs from Netflix.[20]

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Galifianakis has a series of videos on the Funny or Die website titled Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis where he conducts interviews with popular celebrities between two potted ferns. He has interviewed Jimmy Kimmel,[21] Michael Cera, Jon Hamm,[22] Natalie Portman,[23] Charlize Theron, Bradley Cooper, Carrot Top, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Andy Dick, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Tila Tequila, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Brad Pitt.[24] His interview style consists of typical interview questions, bizarre non sequiturs, awkward product endorsements and sometimes inappropriate sexual questions and comments.[25] Galifianakis won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program as a producer of the show at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Mainstream performances

Galifianakis played Alan Garner in the hit comedy The Hangover and earned the MTV Movie Award for the Best Comedic Performance.[26] He was also prominently advertised in subsequent films that featured him in supporting roles, such as G-Force, Youth in Revolt and Up in the Air.

Galifianakis starred in the HBO series Bored to Death and hosted Saturday Night Live on March 6, 2010 during the show's 35th season, during which he shaved his beard mid-show for a sketch, and closed the show wearing a fake one.[27] He hosted again on March 12, 2011 and shaved his head this time, in a Mr. T-like hairstyle, which was allegedly supposed to be used for a sketch that never aired due to time constraints.[28]

In 2010, he starred in several films, including Dinner for Schmucks, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and Due Date.[29] On October 29, 2010, while debating marijuana legalization on the show HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Galifianakis appeared to have smoked marijuana on live television;[30] host Bill Maher denied that it was real marijuana in an interview with Wolf Blitzer during an episode of The Situation Room. In 2011, he reprised his role for The Hangover Part II, which was set in Thailand[31] and voiced Humpty Dumpty in Puss in Boots. Galifianakis starred alongside Will Ferrell in Jay Roach's 2012 political comedy The Campaign.[32] He received critical praise for his performance in the 2014 film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), in which he starred with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton. In 2017, Galifianakis voiced The Joker in The Lego Batman Movie.[33]

Personal life

In August 2012, Galifianakis married Quinn Lundberg, co-founder of the Growing Voices charity, at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, British Columbia. On September 7, 2013, Lundberg gave birth to their first child, a boy, and Galifianakis missed the premiere of his film Are You Here to attend the birth.[34] He and his wife welcomed a second son in November 2016.[35]

Lundberg's cousin, Charlie Clark, is the mayor of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. On the day of the election, Galifianakis made a video endorsing Clark's campaign.[36][37]

In January 2014, Galifianakis and A Night of a Thousand Vaginas co-star Sarah Silverman announced their intention to raise $20,000 to help fund the Texas Abortion Fund, part of a nationwide network of funds set up to assist women in obtaining abortions in states whose legislatures had placed restrictions on the practice. The fundraiser was set up in response to the passage of Texas H.B. 2, which established several restrictions that forced a majority of the state's abortion clinics to close.[38]

Galifianakis owns a farm in Sparta[39] in northeastern Alleghany County, North Carolina, and splits his time between the farm and his work. He said, "My farm is a place that I get to think clearly and pretend to know what I am doing."[40]

Galifianakis befriended a homeless woman in her 80s who was living in a Santa Monica laundromat for 18 years. Galifianakis got her an apartment across the street from the laundromat. The story was revealed in the 2015 documentary Queen Mimi.[41]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Flushed Pathetic guy
2001 Heartbreakers Bill
2001 Bubble Boy Bus stop man
2001 Corky Romano Dexter
2001 Out Cold Luke
2002 Below Weird Wally
2002 Stella shorts Santa Short film
2005 The Comedians of Comedy Himself Stand-up tour documentary
2005 Zach Galifianakis: Look Who It Isn't Himself Self-released stand-up DVD
2006 Zach Galifianakis Live at the Purple Onion Himself Stand-up special
2007 The Comedians of Comedy: Live at The Troubadour Himself Stand-up tour concert video
2007 Into the Wild Kevin Wallis
2008 What Happens in Vegas Dave the bear
2008 Visioneers George
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Snow Job Short film
2009 Gigantic Homeless guy
2009 The Hangover Alan Garner
2009 G-Force Ben Kendell Also in the video game
2009 Up in the Air Steve Sewa
2009 Operation: Endgame Hermit
2009 Little Fish, Strange Pond Bucky
2009 Youth in Revolt Jerry
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Therman Murch
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Bobby
2010 Due Date Ethan Tremblay / Ethan Chase
2011 The Hangover Part II Alan Garner
2011 Puss in Boots Humpty Dumpty (voice)
2011 The Muppets Hobo Joe
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Jim Joe Kelly
2012 The Campaign Marty Huggins Also producer
2013 The Hangover Part III Alan Garner
2014 Are You Here Ben Baker
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Hobo Joe Cameo
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Jake
2016 Masterminds David Ghantt
2016 Keeping Up with the Joneses Jeff Gaffney
2017 The Lego Batman Movie The Joker (voice)
2017 Tulip Fever Gerrit
2018 A Wrinkle in Time The Happy Medium
2019 The Sunlit Night
2019 Missing Link Mr. Link/Susan (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Boston Common Bobby 5 episodes
1997 Apartment 2F Zach 5 episodes
2002 Late World with Zach Himself - Host 36 episodes
2002 Next! Various characters Pilot, also writer
2003–2005 Tru Calling Davis 27 episodes
2005–2007 Reno 911! Frisbee 4 episodes
2006 Dog Bites Man Alan Finger 9 episodes; also writer and producer
2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Dr. Vickerson (voice) 2 episodes
2006 Wonder Showzen Uncle Daddy (voice) Episode: "Horse Apples"
2007 The Sarah Silverman Program Fred Blorth Episode: "Humanitarian of the Year"
2007–2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Tairy Greene / Various characters 7 episodes
2008–present Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Host 22 episodes
2009–2010 American Dad! Heavyset man / Norman / Juror (voices) 2 episodes
2009–2011 Bored to Death Ray 24 episodes
2010 Funny or Die Presents Cast (Just 3 Boyz) Episode #1.10
2010–2013 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 3 episodes
2012–2017 Bob's Burgers Chet / Felix (voices) 11 episodes
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself / Santa Claus 5 episodes
2013 Kroll Show Various characters Episode: "The Greatest Hits of It"
2013 The Chris Gethard Show Himself Episode: "Who Wants a Haircut"
2013–2014 Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories Zach 2 episodes
2013–2014 Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Himself 12 episodes
2013 Arcade Fire in Here Comes The Night Time Captain Zach Television special
2014 The Simpsons Lucas Bortner (voice) Episode: "Luca$"
2014 TripTank Jack the Janitor (voice) Episode: "Crossing the Line"
2016–present Baskets Chip Baskets / Dale Baskets 30 episodes; also co-creator, writer and executive producer
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ The Bloodhound Episode: "Victoria Awakens"

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
2007 "Not About Love" Fiona Apple Fiona Apple
2007 "Can't Tell Me Nothing" Himself Kanye West website
2012 "Outta My System" Wizard My Morning Jacket band
2013 "Spring Break Anthem" Himself The Lonely Island song

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance The Hangover Won
Best Breakthrough Performance
(shared with Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms)
The Hangover Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actor The Hangover Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Cast Up in the Air Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Cast Up in the Air Nominated
2010 The Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actor Dinner for Schmucks Won
MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance Due Date Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor - Comedy Due Date Nominated
2011 Choice Movie Actor - Comedy The Hangover Part II Won
Choice Movie: Chemistry
(shared with Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms)
The Hangover Part II Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance The Hangover Part II Nominated
Annie Award Voice Acting in a Feature Production Puss in Boots Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Will Ferrell) The Campaign Nominated
2014 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Boston Online Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
New York Film Critics Online Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
North Texas Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Won
Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Award Best Cast Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Won
2015 Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Won
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy Movie Actor Keeping Up with the Joneses Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Baskets Nominated


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External links

B. J. Porter

B. J. Porter (born May 12, 1970, in Dallas, Texas) is an actor, writer and comedian. Porter began his career writing and performing on the HBO sketch comedy program, Mr. Show. Porter, along with the rest of the Mr. Show writing staff, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999. Porter won an Emmy in 2014 and 2015 for the Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, which he co-created. Between Two Ferns was also nominated for an Emmy in 2013.

Porter has served as a co-executive producer and writer on FX's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Married and Fox animated series Bordertown. Prior to that, he was a co-executive producer and writer on the HBO series The Life & Times of Tim, a writer for NTSF:SD:SUV on Adult Swim, and the head writer for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards show, hosted by Aziz Ansari. Porter has created pilots for Showtime, USA, Fox, NBC, Amazon Studios, Comedy Central, Warner Bros. Television and FX (TV channel).

Porter performed as the comedy duo "The Fun Bunch" with frequent comedy partner Scott Aukerman. Porter and Aukerman also created the long-running live, weekly alternative comedy show Comedy Death-Ray, hosted at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. In 2007, Porter and Aukerman created and produced a sketch show pilot for Fox titled The Right Now! Show. One of the sketches from this pilot, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, was put up on the website Funny Or Die.Porter, Aukerman and Zach Galifianakis co-created and executive produce the Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis for which they were nominated for an Emmy Award in 2013 and won the award in 2014 and 2015. It remains one of the most successful webseries and Porter has directed some of the most popular episodes including the Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston episodes. In March 2014, an episode was released with President Barack Obama. It was designed to bring attention to the Affordable Care Act.

In addition to writing for film and television, Porter has made guest appearances on programs such as Just Shoot Me!, Malcolm in the Middle, Angel, and The Sarah Silverman Program.

Baskets (TV series)

Baskets is an American comedy television series that premiered on January 21, 2016 on FX. The series was co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel; Krisel is also the showrunner and director. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown in Paris, who instead becomes a local rodeo clown in Bakersfield, California, and his twin brother Dale Baskets. Galifianakis, C.K., M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph serve as executive producers, with FX Productions as the production company. In 2017 C.K.'s production company Pig Newton had all ties to the show and FX cut after C.K. admitted to sexual harassment of several women. On May 24, 2018, FX renewed the show for a fourth season.

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is a talk show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis which features celebrity guests. Episodes last several minutes, in which the interviewer (Galifianakis) and guests trade barbs and insults. In addition to the online series, an episode was filmed for Comedy Central as a television special. The series' theme music is Dave Blume's arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's theme from Taxi Driver, which is on the original Taxi Driver soundtrack album but was not included in the film.

Charlie Clark (politician)

Charlie Clark is a Canadian politician who was elected Mayor of Saskatoon in the Saskatchewan municipal elections, 2016.Prior to his election to the mayoralty, Clark served on Saskatoon City Council for ten years as councillor for Ward 6, and worked for the non-profit Core Neighbourhood Development Council and Quint Development Corporation as a mediator. He defeated incumbent mayor Don Atchison after a tight race during which Atchison maintained a narrow lead in public opinion polling, while both Clark and third-place finisher Kelley Moore traded the second-place position, throughout the campaign. He received a late-campaign endorsement from comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis, whose wife is Clark's stepmother's niece.

Funny or Die

Funny or Die is a comedy video website and film/television production company, founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Michael Kvamme and Chris Henchy. The website Funny Or Die contains exclusive material from a regular staff of in-house writers, producers, and directors, and occasionally from a number of famous contributors including Judd Apatow, James Franco, and Norm Macdonald. The production company makes TV shows including truTV's Billy on the Street, Comedy Central's @midnight, and Zach Galifianakis's Emmy-winning web series Between Two Ferns.

Many videos on the site feature well-known actors (examples include Nina Dobrev, Steve Carell, Charlie Sheen, Ryan Gosling, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe, Sophia Bush, Mila Kunis, AnnaSophia Robb, Hilary Duff, Adam West, James Van Der Beek, Jim Carrey, Ariel Winter, and Selena Gomez). Michael Kvamme, an aspiring young comedian who is also the son of Mark Kvamme, the venture capitalist who funded Funny Or Die, came up with a concept for a new kind of comedy site; and the site was developed by Randy Adams. After the site was funded by his father, Michael Kvamme would go on to write a screenplay for Will Ferrell and found Global eSports Resources in partnership with the Saudi Arabian Federation of Electronic and Intellectual Sports.Funny Or Die launched on April 12, 2007 with the site's first video, "The Landlord". "The Landlord" has received over 84 million views and features Ferrell confronted by a swearing, beer-drinking two-year-old landlord. In June 2007, they received venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital, and in June 2008, they announced a partnership with HBO. On August 3, 2016, Funny or Die shut down one of its California offices, reducing its headcount by 30% to 95 employees, with the announcement coming just two months after the new CEO, Mike Farah, took office.

G-Force (film)

G-Force is a 2009 American family adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Directed by Hoyt Yeatman and written by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley with a story by Yeatman, the film is his directorial debut, having earlier worked in the area of visual effects alongside co-founding Dream Quest Images. The film stars Zach Galifianakis, Bill Nighy, and Will Arnett and it features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Penélope Cruz, Jon Favreau, Nicolas Cage, and Steve Buscemi. Sony Pictures Imageworks handled the film's visual effects.G-Force was released in the United States on July 24, 2009. It earned $292.8 million on a $150 million budget, but the critical reception was mostly negative.

Keeping Up with the Joneses (film)

Keeping Up with the Joneses is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and written by Michael LeSieur. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, the film follows a suburban couple (Galifianakis and Fisher) who begin to suspect their new neighbors (Hamm and Gadot) are secret agents. The film was released on October 21, 2016 by 20th Century Fox, received generally negative reviews and was a box office bomb, grossing $29 million against its $40 million budget.

Late World with Zach

Late World with Zach is a television show on VH1 during the spring of 2002, starring Zach Galifianakis who appeared without his now-trademark beard for most of the show's run.

Late World's theme song was Frank Black's "Los Angeles", a nod to the studio's location. The show began with a monologue, like many late night talk shows, but with Galifianakis' unique style, usually involving a piano and non-sequiturs interlaced with topical humor. After this, one or two skits starring Zach followed. One of the running skits was footage of red carpet interviews, edited later with Zach asking humorously different questions. Last, Zach met with a guest like Mathew St. Patrick, Bradley Cooper or had a musical guest, Rhett Miller. The show was canceled after nine weeks of production due to poor ratings. The series is not currently slated for DVD release. A then-unknown Kevin Federline had a small, non-speaking role in one of the show's last episodes.

Masterminds (2016 film)

Masterminds is a 2016 American comedy film based on the October 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina. Directed by Jared Hess and written by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey, the film stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis.

It premiered in Los Angeles on September 26, 2016 and was theatrically released in the United States on September 30, 2016, by Relativity Media. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $30 million.

Missing Link (2019 film)

Missing Link is a 2019 American stop-motion animated adventure film written and directed by Chris Butler and produced by Laika and Annapurna Pictures. It features the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia, and Zach Galifianakis. The plot follows an English explorer who encounters a Sasquatch-type creature and must escort him to his Yeti cousins in the Himalayas.

Released in the United States on April 12, 2019 by United Artists Releasing, it was the first Laika film not to be distributed by Focus Features. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the "exquisitely crafted sets and a pleasant, easygoing vibe".

Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton

Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton is a comedy EP by Patton Oswalt featuring Zach Galifianakis.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program was first awarded at the 63rd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2011. The award was divided in 2016 to recognize Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.

Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman (born July 2, 1970) is an American writer, actor, comedian, television personality, director, producer, and podcast host. Starting as a writer and performer in the later seasons of the sketch series Mr. Show, Aukerman is best known as the host of the weekly comedy podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! as well as the IFC original television series of the same name. Aukerman is the co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and co-founder of the Earwolf podcast network.

The Campaign (film)

The Campaign is a 2012 American political satire comedy film directed by Jay Roach, written by Shawn Harwell and Chris Henchy and stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two North Carolinians vying for a seat in Congress. The film was released on August 10, 2012 to mixed reviews.

The Comedians of Comedy

The Comedians of Comedy is a stand-up comedy tour featuring alternative comedians Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford that was documented in a 2005 film and 2005 Comedy Central television series of the same name, both directed by Michael Blieden. After Zach Galifianakis left the tour, he was replaced by comedian Eugene Mirman.

The Hangover

The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Todd Phillips, co-produced with Daniel Goldberg, and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first installment in The Hangover trilogy. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, and Jeffrey Tambor. It tells the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price, Alan Garner, and Doug Billings, who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate Doug's impending marriage. However, Phil, Stu, and Alan wake up with Doug missing and no memory of the previous night's events, and must find the groom before the wedding can take place.

Lucas and Moore wrote the script after executive producer Chris Bender's friend disappeared and had a large bill after being sent to a strip club. After Lucas and Moore sold it to the studio for $2 million, Philips and Jeremy Garelick rewrote the script to include a tiger as well as a subplot involving a baby and a police cruiser, and also including boxer Mike Tyson. Filming took place in Nevada for 15 days, and during filming, the three main actors (Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis) formed a real friendship.

The Hangover was released on June 5, 2009, and was a critical and commercial success. The film became the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2009, with a worldwide gross of over $467 million. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and received multiple other accolades. It is the tenth-highest-grossing worldwide film of 2009, as well as the second-highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever in the United States, surpassing a record previously held by Beverly Hills Cop for almost 25 years. It is the sixth-highest-grossing R-rated film in the U.S., behind The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper, It, and Deadpool.

A sequel, The Hangover Part II, was released on May 26, 2011, and a third and final installment, The Hangover Part III, was released on May 23, 2013, though both films never received the same critical reception as their predecessor.


Visioneers is a 2008 satirical dark comedy directed by Jared Drake, written by Brandon Drake, and starring Zach Galifianakis and actress Judy Greer. The film, which premiered on June 12, 2008, was shot in Snoqualmie, Washington and surrounding areas.

Zach Galifianakis Live at the Purple Onion

Live at the Purple Onion is the first special and DVD by American stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis directed by Michael Blieden. The show was recorded at the San Francisco club The Purple Onion in June 2005.

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