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September 17, 2008 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | September 17, 2008 |

gal12.jpgZach Galifianakis is funnier than most comedians you know, and as such has been relegated to working on the fringes of mainstream culture while bottom-feeding ripoff artists like Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia get famous making idiots laugh at dirty sanchez jokes. He’s had bit roles in “Reno 911!” and “The Sarah Silverman Program” (and, weirdly, Into the Wild), but for the most part he’s known for his unique brand of stand-up and his tours with fellow Comedians of Comedy members Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and Brian Posehn. For evidence of his style, here’s his version of “Eternal Flame,” as well as a visit from Nathaniel Buckner.

Anyway, Galifianakis has landed a couple of roles that could lead to a higher profile, and I’m all for that. He’s snagged a lead role in the comedy The Hangover, about a group of guys in Las Vegas for a bachelor party who lose track of the groom. The cast includes Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, so it’s admittedly a mixed bag, but still, hopefully Galifianakis can do his thing. But it seems more likely he’ll get to play a typically quirky character in the HBO pilot “Bored to Death,” about an alcoholic writer (Jason Schwartzman) who pretends to be a private eye. Galifianakis will play the writer’s best friend, a struggling comic book artist. There’s no telling yet whether the movie will do well or whether the pilot will become even a halfway decent series, but still, it’s always good to see Galifianakis getting work.

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Industry | September 17, 2008 |

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