The Age of Galifianakis

A few months ago, I hadn’t even heard of him. Now, in the span of a few weeks, I have seen him in three movies.

Zach Galfianakis, your time has come.

“I’m on your side! I hate Godzilla! I hate him too! I hate him! He destroys cities! *Please*! This isn’t your fault. I’ll get you some pants.”

Last summer, he was in The Hangover. And while I went on record as not finding it too funny, I will also say that everything that I did like had to do with this guy. He’s channeling John Belushi, specifically Blutarsky, but there is a quiet desperation behind that beard that suggests potential for a Steve Carrel in Little Miss Sunshine or Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine in his future.

I didn’t know they gave out rings at the Holocaust.

Then, in December, he had a brief part as one of the sorry souls Clooney leaves behind in the recessionography Up in the Air. And then this month, he was the unkempt boyfriend of Michael Cera’s mother in Youth in Revolt.

And now, thank heavens, he has a full plate. Later this year, he’ll appear with Steve Carrell in Jay Roach’s (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) Dinner for Schmucks. Then Todd Phillips’ (The Hangover) next with Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx. And as Humpty Dumpty in Puss in Boots. No, I didn’t make that last one up.

How’d he die?
World War II.
Died in battle?
No, he was skiing in Vermont, it was just during World War II.

In any case, let’s hope he doesn’t continue to be known as “that dude from The Hangover”, and people can actually say his name. Especially trailers for his own movies. Yes, I know that trailer was a joke.


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