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March 8, 2010 6:58 PM   Subscribe

A sublime prank on an SNL audience: Zach Galifianakis shaves his beard (SLHP).
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot (48 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
I guess I'll just imagine the contents of the link since I'm outside the US.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:10 PM on March 8, 2010 [34 favorites]


Been following him since the Comedians of Comedy. Nathaniel Buckner bit kills.
posted by Ironmouth at 7:11 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


huh, I didn't even notice it, though I've always wondered how he does those bits where he's supposed to be his own cousin with the beard shaved off. I suppose it's all timing.
posted by mathowie at 7:14 PM on March 8, 2010


ha, I never picked up on the fact that his cousin was beardless in those bits. I'm pretty unobservant I guess.
posted by Think_Long at 7:25 PM on March 8, 2010


I was wondering how they were able to cover his beard during that sketch. I thought it might be akin to an actor wearing a "bald cap." They fooled me.
posted by ericb at 7:25 PM on March 8, 2010


"We're sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States."

No, you're not truly sorry, and fuck you, Hulu.
posted by bwg at 7:32 PM on March 8, 2010 [17 favorites]


I loved this segment of his opening monologue: Video: Zach Drops By The Set; Ruins NBC Shows.
posted by ericb at 7:35 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


For those not in the US: He shaves off his beard backstage for a skit, then puts on a fake one for what seems like no reason for the goodbye part.

No need to thank me.
posted by Aizkolari at 7:38 PM on March 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


With the video just going dead silent, that was a supremely weird thing to watch without having seen that episode.
posted by piratebowling at 7:40 PM on March 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


This seemed kind of obvious to me.

(yay! did I get something that everyone else in the world didn't get two minutes before I did? that would be awesome)
posted by pinky at 7:42 PM on March 8, 2010


Hey, I have that t-shirt!

I'm sorry - I'm a member of Generation X. The only way I know how to relate to the world is through products and things I see on TV.

oh god my username

posted by Guy Smiley at 7:49 PM on March 8, 2010 [8 favorites]


Ha! I wondered how he had done that. I don't really know anything about him, but I thought he made a great guest.
posted by Gilbert at 7:54 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Goooooogle.
posted by acro at 8:11 PM on March 8, 2010 [6 favorites]


Holy crap, acro, why was that never an FPP? Far more delightful than confirming yet again that Hulu cannot be viewed through any of my VPNs.
posted by FuManchu at 8:31 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


I watched the whole show on Hulu (well, skipped through most of it, but saw the beginning of all the sketches at least) and didn't see the skit where he showed up sans beard. Did they cut that from the Hulu version?
posted by wemayfreeze at 8:37 PM on March 8, 2010


Zach Galifianakis on SNL. Jesus, it's like watching a blowtorch fall into a tar pit. You hope it'll all catch on fire, but it just fizzles out and dies.
posted by felix betachat at 8:50 PM on March 8, 2010 [10 favorites]


Related: Burt Reynolds shaves for Steve Martin.
posted by WolfDaddy at 8:59 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


it has
posted by acro at 9:08 PM on March 8, 2010




I apologize for my sloppiness. I should have done five minutes more work and found something that worked.

As far as I know, those torrents I linked to still work. Also, there are some very cheap VPNs that were established after the hotspotshield blocking that appear to still be functioning. They are discussed here: hotspot-shield-alternatives.

The most recent link goes to a pay-vpn service and is from February 2010, i.e. they're not all free.

Also, if you're grabbing torrents, I prefer Vuze to Utorrent, as Utorrent served as a conduit for a trojan virus exploit for my wife's laptop.

EZTV also links mainly to torrents of television programs.
posted by craniac at 9:09 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


In more detail, for the excluded: He walks quickly to a bathroom, stands at the sink, and shaves with clippers as a blond streaked bouffant wig is placed on him, puts on a tacky white dinner jacket, and walks back, pushing past the various hangers-around and is seen standing on the set before the cameras, where we cannot hear the action going on. Later, he dons an imitation beard and joins the crowd milling onstage for the closing.

exciting! edgy! I hope he later shaved properly, and moisturized.
posted by longsleeves at 9:12 PM on March 8, 2010


Ah! Thanks, longsleeves!
posted by Sys Rq at 9:36 PM on March 8, 2010


Complaining about hulu not working in your country is the new, "Oh, I dont own a TV."
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:38 PM on March 8, 2010 [10 favorites]


If I try to watch hulu, do I still get to say I don't own a TV?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:39 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Zach's beard is one of my favorite things. I was sorry to see it go, but 1) it's good to see he's still handsome under all that fabulous fur, and 2) I know it will be grown back starting, well, immediately.
posted by hippybear at 9:40 PM on March 8, 2010


Also, if you're grabbing torrents, I prefer Vuze to Utorrent, as Utorrent served as a conduit for a trojan virus exploit for my wife's laptop.

uhh, what? utorrent is the most popular torrent client and is owned by bittorrent inc, sounds more like you downloaded from a sketchy site?
posted by p3on at 9:40 PM on March 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


Additionally, isn't Vuze now bloated-as-hell software? I double utorrent for Windows, prefer Transmission on OSX, and rtorrent in Linux.
posted by booticon at 9:46 PM on March 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


Yeah, I must have grabbed it from the Wrong Place.
posted by craniac at 9:46 PM on March 8, 2010


I like how the Hulu clip was sponsored by Trojan Condoms...because if I was ever allowed to have my way with Zach Galifianakis(I hope I said that right) I would need a truck load of those babies.

/Went to The Comedians of Comedy Tour in Gainesville. I was in line to have my ID checked, felt a hand on my lower back and heard a soft "excuse me" turned around and there was Zach. I think i managed to blurt out "sorry" or something.

Also, that was one of the best opening monologues in a long time
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 10:01 PM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


[Bunch of chaff removed. There is, indeed, a metatalk thread, if you really want to keep talking about the hulu-vs-the-world thing and related matters.]
posted by cortex at 10:13 PM on March 8, 2010


Also, if you're grabbing torrents, I prefer Vuze to Utorrent, as Utorrent served as a conduit for a trojan virus exploit for my wife's laptop.

Any torrent client can download something with a virus. Looking around, it looks like 1.6 had an exploit, but obviously that's been fixed. Lots of internet facing software has had exploits, Firefox, acrobat, flash, etc.
posted by delmoi at 10:27 PM on March 8, 2010


Complaining about hulu not working in your country is the new, "Oh, I dont own a TV."

Yes, because it's just so pretentious not to live in the U.S.
posted by fatbird at 10:35 PM on March 8, 2010 [18 favorites]


He had to shave it because it huwted.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:34 PM on March 8, 2010


Sys Rq: “I guess I'll just imagine the contents of the link since I'm outside the US.”

It's better that way. Trust me.

That's right, folks – this is the funniest thing I've seen on SNL in ten years, and it was a boring clip of some guy shaving his beard off.
posted by koeselitz at 12:18 AM on March 9, 2010 [6 favorites]


Anyone else notice that they muted all the audio from the show? What was that all about?
posted by delmoi at 12:26 AM on March 9, 2010


I always said VH1 would regret canceling Late World with Zach.
posted by shemko at 4:35 AM on March 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Utorrent? Isn't that the one that installed some nasty ask.com toolbar, search box, and changed my home page? Another vote for Vuse here.
posted by DarkForest at 4:37 AM on March 9, 2010


Here are some reasons that Zach Galifianakis is great:

Kanye West Video

Conversations on the craft

Between Two Ferns

Zach on Physical Comedy

Fiona Apple Video
posted by orville sash at 4:46 AM on March 9, 2010 [4 favorites]


So I take it HULU is the corpspeak for "HAha! U Lousy Unamerican!"
posted by Mike D at 5:23 AM on March 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


That link takes a spectacularly long time to fail.
posted by clvrmnky at 6:14 AM on March 9, 2010


HEY EVERYBODY HERE COMES THE CHOO-CHOO!
posted by wobh at 6:29 AM on March 9, 2010


(NLSP)

No Link Snark Post
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 7:46 AM on March 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's another video of him randomly popping up in "scenes" from other NBC shows like "30 Rock" which is supposed to be high-larious but seems to me just another excuse for NBC to cross-market its crappy shows.
posted by blucevalo at 8:47 AM on March 9, 2010


There's another video of him randomly popping up in "scenes" from other NBC shows ...

The link to the video is above.
posted by ericb at 10:46 AM on March 9, 2010


just another excuse for NBC to cross-market its crappy shows.

To be fair, 30 Rock is not a crappy show. Maybe it's not as good as it used to be, but it's not crappy.
posted by ekroh at 11:40 AM on March 9, 2010


Memo to SNL: Less Charles Barkley-types, more Zach Galifianakis-types.
posted by mgrichmond at 12:56 PM on March 9, 2010


I really believe that Zach is the closest thing going these days to Andy Kaufman, and that's not a bad thing. in my opinion
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 1:12 PM on March 9, 2010


He's an amazing comedian, all right. Sometimes I feel like he does too many hipsterish inside jokes, but he's obviously incredibly intelligent, and has this sort of physical grace to the physical comedy he does. He's best when he's very subtle, which is why his man-child performance in the Hangover grated me.

This clip I think shows him at his best - a music video of Anita Baker's "You Bring me Joy". Alotta love in this.
posted by mammary16 at 3:36 PM on March 9, 2010


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