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20 Awesome Secrets About Zach Galifianakis

1. Galifianakis 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.

2. He has also starred in films, such as The Hangover trilogy (2009 2013) as Alan Garner, Due Date (2010), The Campaign (2012), Birdman (2014), from which he received praise from critics, and had a voice role in the animated film Puss in Boots (2011).

3. He currently hosts the Emmy Award-winning talk show Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis on the Funny or Die website and is developing a comedy series titled Baskets for FX.

4. Galifianakis attended Wilkes Central High School, and subsequently attended but did not graduate from North Carolina State University, where he was a communication major.

5. He began acting on television, guest-starring in Boston Common and joined Saturday Night Live as a writer but lasted only two weeks. 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.

6. In September 2001, he appeared in one episode of Comedy Central Presents.

7. It included a stand-up routine and a segment with a piano, and concluded with an a cappella group (The Night Owls, introduced as his “12 ex-girlfriends”), singing “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles while he made jokes.

8. 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.

9. He played Davis in the Fox drama series, Tru Calling. He appeared many times on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and played Frisbee in four episodes of Reno 911!.

10. 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.

11. He also guest-starred in the episode of the Comedy Central show The Sarah Silverman Program as Fred the Homeless Guy.

12. 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.

13. In 2006, Galifianakis appeared in Fiona Apple’s music video for the song “Not About Love”, where he is seen lip-synching the lyrics to the song.

14. 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”.

15. In June 2006, Galifianakis released the single “Come On and Get It (Up in ‘Dem Guts)”, a comedic rap/hip-hop/dance song which features Apple’s vocals.

16. They chose to perform at live rock clubs as opposed to comedy clubs to try to reach a different audience.

17. 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.

18. On February 22, 2008, he made an appearance on the Jackassworld.com: 24 Hour Takeover.

19. Galifianakis starred in the independent film Visioneers which played in select cities in 2008. This was Galifianakis’s first starring role in a film and was given a direct-to-DVD release.

20. 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. He also completed the pilot Speed Freaks for Comedy Central.

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