One of the largest and most recognizable breakout stars of the past 10 years is actor and stand up comedian, Zach Galifianakis. He started out as a stand up comedian and eventually had his own special on Comedy Central Presents. He went on to land small roles in films like Heartbreakers and Corky Romano. Now he has starred in several Hollywood films, made guest appearances on TV shows, hosted Saturday Night Live and is currently working with fellow stand up comic, Louis CK, on a pilot for FX. Sometimes outrageous and other times very simple, he has a special talent for comedy. Here is a look at some of his funniest scene and best moments in his career.
12) Are we letting the dogs out? – The Hangover 2009
The tremendously successful film, The Hangover featured friends known as The Wolfpack, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) going to Las Vegas for Doug’s bachelor party. Things get way out of control but the only problem is when they wake up the next morning and they can’t remember what happened and they can’t they find Doug. In this scene, before the debauchery and memory loss, Alan has a very important question.
11) Washroom Acting – Due Date 2010
Due Date saw Zach Galifiankis reunite with Hangover Director, Todd Philips and co-star alongside Robert Downey Jr for the first time. The film features Peter Highman (Robert Downey) trying to get home to his pregnant wife, but meets inspiring actor, Ethan Trembley (Galifianakis) and they end up on a stressful road trip together. Although this is a funny scene, he does show some range here. Peter has questioned Ethan’s acting ability so Ethan acts out a few scenes.
10) Are you a Doctor? – It’s Kind-Of a Funny Story 2010
A teenage boy (Keir Gilchrist) feeling somewhat suicidal goes to the hospital looking for help and accidentally gets committed to the psychiatric ward. Zach Galifianakis plays a fellow patient but when they first meet, he gives the young teenager a much different impression. The film was fairly well received by critics and was rated a score of 7.2 on IMDb.
9) Pound Cake and Muffins – The Campaign 2012
The Campaign stars Zach Galifianakis as the somewhat naive Marty Huggins and the hilarious Will Ferrell as cut-throat Cam Brady, who were two rivals in a race for a seat in congress. The film was directed by Jay Roach and here in this scene, Marty Huggins make his first speech at a brunch organized by his rival, Cam.
8) Voice of an Angel – The Hangover 3 2013
The Wolfpack reunites for The Hangover 3. This third installment sees the three friends having to find Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and trade him in, in order to get their friend Doug back from some bad guys. This scene shows that Zach Galifianakis is undoubtedly a triple threat, he is a great actor, hilarious comedian and he has a surely beautiful voice.
7) Honesty – The Campaign 2012
If The Campaign taught us anything, it taught us the lesson that most, if not all, politicians lie. The innocent and lovable Marty Huggins does things that he’s not proud of and unlike most politicians, he feels the need to be honest about it.
6) Intervention – The Hangover 3 2013
In the third sequel to The Hangover movies, we see Alan really taking his irrational behaviors to another level. This is when Alan’s friends and family decide it is best to hold an intervention for him because they’re worried about his actions and his behaviors, following his father’s death.
5) The Zachfather – Due Date 2010
If for some reason, someone decides to remake the famous classic 1972 film, The Godfather starring, Marlon Brando, maybe they should really consider Zach Galifianakis to re-enact the legendary role of ‘The Godfather’ because in this scene, Zach definitely brings to life the passion and emotions the part portrays.
4) Evil Laugh – Dinner for Schmucks 2010
Dinner for Schmucks was directed by Jay Roach and stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. The plot revolves around rich business men having a dinner where each guest must bring a “loser” for entertainment. Zach Galifianakis plays I.R.S employee, Therman Murch who discovers that Paul Rudd’s character is tax cheat. Zach Galifianakis won the Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actor in 2011.
3) Humpty Alexander Dumpty – Puss In Boots 2011
DreamWorks animations’, Puss in Boots featured Puss in Boots teaming up with old friend, Humpty Dumpty to get magical beans, currently in the possession of vigilantes, Jack and Jill. Zach Galifianakis voiced Humpty Dumpty, along with actor Antonio Banderas who voiced Puss in Boots. At the 84th academy awards, the film was nominated for Best Animated Feature.
2) President Obama – Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
This isn’t a movie; it’s actually an internet web series on the Funny or Die website. The series features Zach Galifiankis interviewing various celebrities between two ferns. The series is very popular online and at the 65th Prime Time Emmy Awards, it earned a nomination for Outstanding Special Class. Possibly one of the series’ biggest interview was a recent one with the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
1) The Formation of the Wolfpack – The Hangover 2009
Zach Galifianakis had his big break with his recognized role as Alan Garner in the 2009 film, The Hangover. He co-stars alongside Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha. This is the first film in the trilogy that follows the adventures, or rather misadventures of well-known and referenced, “Wolfpack”. Zach Galifianakis won the 2010 MTV Movie Award for best comedic performance.