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December 23, 2008 10:02 AM   Subscribe

Newest episode of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis" this time with guest star Jon Hamm of AMC's Madmen. For those unfamiliar, Zach Galifianakis is a comedian who's shown up in a few movies, but is most endeared for his casually abrasive stand-up; a beloved figure to and product of the Los Angeles Indie comedy scene. [Episode has a little NSFWish language, but mostly fine] Here is episode 1 of between two ferns (with Michael Cera) and episode 2 (with Jimmy Kimmel... who's a little too in on the joke)
posted by Lacking Subtlety (36 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Zach also had a short-lived but very funny talk show on VH1 back in 2002. I think I'm about 1 out of about 10 people who watched every episode when it was on. In a rare Perfect Storm of commercial failure, one Late World episode featured interviews with the entire cast of Death to Smoochy.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:16 AM on December 23, 2008


this reminds me of the Michael Showalter Showalter with Michael Showalter. Also, it's funny. I like Zach Galifianakis very much. I wish I could say something deeper, or more intelligent about this but there you go. I enjoyed it. thanks.
posted by shmegegge at 10:23 AM on December 23, 2008


Pretty funny in a way that I expect might get old quickly. And while the Michael Cera one was funny, that tickling thing was profoundly not.
posted by kingbenny at 10:24 AM on December 23, 2008


Thank you, from me and my wife. Zach has some DVDs floating around, along with the 29 episodes of Late World (only 11 episodes listed here, but a number of torrent sites have all 29 listed, even if you're against that whole P2P thing).

If nothing else, check around for random videos of Zach. He's fond of lip-syncing.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:35 AM on December 23, 2008


I saw him perform my school. About half the audience thought he was absolutely hilarious and the other half was totally baffled by him. Actually, everyone was baffled but half of us laughed anyway.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:39 AM on December 23, 2008


This is good.
posted by chunking express at 10:56 AM on December 23, 2008


Also, I just wanted to say that it makes me sick when I look in the mirror and see how handsome I am.
posted by chunking express at 10:57 AM on December 23, 2008


Huh. Okay. This is just one of those things I do not get. It's kind of a hipster Borat thing, without all the cleverness. (Okay, I guess Borat is pretty hipster too.)

Anyway, I'm always up for new comedy, so thanks for the link.
posted by elwoodwiles at 11:01 AM on December 23, 2008


What the fuck does hipster borat even mean? Do you know? Does anyone?

I would also like to say that I am so hipster I make other hipsters cry. And then I shoot them with my hipster guns and tell them to stop crying like little hipsters.
posted by chunking express at 11:08 AM on December 23, 2008


It's kind of a hipster Borat thing
posted by elwoodwiles at 11:01 AM on December 23 [+] [!]


Hipster? Really?

The astounding readiness with which things get labeled into a set image or category, often leaves me rather puzzled. What does this have to do with hipster-ism? I have no idea. It's a basically a standard sketch: asshole local cable access talk show host who doesn't know or care about his interview subject. There's been variations all throughout comedy, and I have no idea what makes this more or less hipster than anything else.

Of course, humor is the most inherently subjective thing in the world. You laugh or you don't. I found his very funny. The comment in regards to the golden globe win had me literally on the floor. That's probably why we're so puzzled when someone likes/doesn't like something, cause there's no real way to explain it or argue it. You either laugh or you don't.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 11:14 AM on December 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


I am so hipster I make other hipsters cry.

You are just saying that ironically. The number one sign (after the hair products, the matthowie/Ira Glass glasses, and the Mac usage) someone is a hipster is when they hate on hipsters.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:14 AM on December 23, 2008


I am so hipster I make other hipsters cry.

You are just saying that ironically. The number one sign (after the hair products, the matthowie/Ira Glass glasses, and the Mac usage) someone is a hipster is when they hate on hipsters.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:14 AM on December 23 [+] [!]


I know this is all just for the sake of humor and I find it rather funny, but if there's any seriousness to the argument of hating on OR if someone is/isn't a hipster, it has the same amount of validity and poignancy as a "whoever smelt it dealt it" conversation.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 11:31 AM on December 23, 2008


I think that what makes Zach Galifinakis funny is rarely his jokes, but his delivery. The fingering joke in this episode is not inherently funny, but the way he says it is astounding. The same goes for the way he offhandedly says "I'm allergic to ferns" at the end of the segment. I don't know, I think the guy's great, but he's about as polarizing as Tim and Eric, who are loved and hated just about equally.
posted by orville sash at 11:50 AM on December 23, 2008


Zasch Gasipifinafsky is hilarious.
posted by basicchannel at 11:54 AM on December 23, 2008


Alright, who cut one?
posted by Pollomacho at 12:00 PM on December 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Zach Galifianakis's schtick wasn't all that funny when it was Tom Green doing it.
posted by rusty at 12:19 PM on December 23, 2008


Zach Galifianakis's schtick wasn't all that funny when it was Tom Green doing it.
posted by rusty at 12:19 PM on December 23 [+] [!]


But Zach features actual jokes and nuance and tone inversion and careful craft and... well.. the like. Tom was being weird as shit and every once and awhile would come with something oddly funny... rarely.

There's a stark difference.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 12:27 PM on December 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


A comedian's success with an audience goes far, far beyond the appeal of their schtick. It's all about execution and inclusion. That's why it takes so much practice/repetition/perfection.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 12:29 PM on December 23, 2008


When I don't get things from now on I'm gonna just call them "Hipster ________ ."

Like, man, that Hipster Quantum Physics? I guess you need to wear skinny jeans and trucker hat to get that shit?
posted by tkchrist at 12:58 PM on December 23, 2008


There is a distinct difference between the Zach guy and Tom Green. This Zach guy seems to have some subtlety to his act and has very interesting and unique timing— especially if he is supplied a reliable straight man, like Hamm, to work against. Where as Tom Green has the uncanny ability to make me want to, against all my better nature, gouge out his fucking beady idiot eyes with my thumbs.
posted by tkchrist at 1:02 PM on December 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


It should also be pointed out that Jon Hamm is an incredibly funny man and is himself no stranger to the Los Angeles comedy scene.
posted by basicchannel at 1:06 PM on December 23, 2008


It should also be pointed out that Jon Hamm is an incredibly funny man and is himself no stranger to the Los Angeles comedy scene.

He did this interview really well.
posted by kingbenny at 1:07 PM on December 23, 2008


I hate Tom Green with a passion

My reaction to Zach is the inverse, I passion him with hate.
posted by Mick at 1:11 PM on December 23, 2008


Zach's funnier, but Tom's a better rapper.
posted by mullacc at 1:53 PM on December 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I loved Live at the Purple Onion, which put him at the top of my list of great stand up comedians, but if you take him out from in front of an audience for stuff with a long build up, he seems to lose some of the funny. Still, amazing sense of timing, and he has remarkably few failures for such an unconventional sense of comedy.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:23 PM on December 23, 2008


Hate on Tom Green all you want... but it was real (in terms of the subject [see Tom Wopat] not being in on the joke) and this is staged. Not that I have a problem with it being staged, but still.
posted by fungible at 4:43 PM on December 23, 2008


Hate on Tom Green all you want... but it was real (in terms of the subject [see Tom Wopat] not being in on the joke) and this is staged

My bum is on the Swedish? I don't know if you remember that music video that Tom Green made. I realize Tom Green's main schtick was shock value and pushing people's buttons, which sometimes was hilarious [e.g. Undercutter's Pizza], but without anything beyond straight bawdiness this is the kind of distinction that separates ok comedy from great comedy. In addition to the overt jokes, Zach Galafianakas adds a psychological component to his comedy, and while this is staged, it's no more staged than a video made with an MTV budget. I'm probably splitting hairs to people that like both/neither of them, but l prefer Galafiankas over Green similarly to how Shakespeare folks might prefer Hamlet to Titus Andronicus.
posted by rainman84 at 6:34 PM on December 23, 2008


while this is staged

Are all you folks adverse to the word script? When you say its scripted, it doesn't sound that bad, even sounds like someone might have sat down and wrote some pretty funny dialogue, which we can all feel good about.

Feel less ripped off now?

Oh and hipsters aren't the enemy, people who throw labels around to cover up their insecurity are the real problem.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 8:16 PM on December 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh and leave Tom Green alone, not everything he did was funny, but he stuck his neck out. He didn't make anyone go out to perform his diabolical deeds, and I can appreciate the put up/shut up. Yes a lot of it was childish, but brave and that's the mark of a daring performer. He reminded me of Andy Kaufman during his wrestling 'period'.

His shenanigans scared the crap out of me, and for that I salute him.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 8:20 PM on December 23, 2008


I love Zack
posted by nola at 9:11 PM on December 23, 2008


I don't care if Michael Cera has essentially one character, I love him.


That's not really true; I do hope he branches out a little bit. But I have always loved him.
posted by Corduroy at 5:32 AM on December 24, 2008


Reminds me of the fat dead guy on SNL doing his dweeby interviews. Not Belushi. The other fat dead guy. Why can I not remember his name?
posted by Outlawyr at 8:05 AM on December 24, 2008


I think you´re talking about Chris Farley. Also, on the subject of SNL, Jon Hamm´s SNL episode is worth checking out if you haven´t already. It´s from that good run before the election.
posted by concrete at 10:17 AM on December 24, 2008


Whoa, I didn't mean to stir anything up. "Hipster" is indeed a magical word.

I just meant it has all that ironic, self-conscious awkwardness that makes it hard to watch unless one enjoys things that are ironic, self-conscious and awkward.
posted by elwoodwiles at 11:40 AM on December 24, 2008


i'll bet not a single person in this thread actually typed out Zach's last name.

you big buncha copy and pasters.
posted by radiosilents at 1:53 PM on December 26, 2008 [1 favorite]


Galafianakis did flunk kindergarden for not being able to spell his last name.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:51 AM on December 27, 2008


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