Zach Galifianakis

Stand-up comedian



October 1, 1964


Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Wilkesboro, NC


56 years old


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A little about Zach

Farm Zach

Galifianakis owns a farm in Sparta, Alleghany County, North Carolina, and splits his time between the farm and his work. He said, "My farm is a place that I get to think clearly and pretend to know what I am doing."

First son's birth

In 2013, Galifianakis missed the premiere of his film Are You Here to attend the birth of his first son.

Homeless helper

Zach befriended Marie "Mimi" Haist, a homeless woman in her 80s who was living in a Santa Monica laundromat for 18 years. Galifianakis got her an apartment across the street from the laundromat. The story was revealed in the 2015 documentary Queen Mi...

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Developing an act

Developing an act

Zach Galifianakis


Developing an act

Zach Galifianakis

You will probably be copying something you think is cool. At first, I was just trying to be loud. My early stand-up was stupid and goofy and loud. A little immature. At 21, you think you know a lot of things. At 25, you think you know a lot of things. At 46, you think you know a lot of things. Turns out, you never know anything.


I don’t understand that term. I mean, I do those rooms that are called alternative comedy. In the 80’s, there was a formula that started happening with the airline jokes, just a person with a microphone, doing very conventional material. But everything before that was alternative comedy. Like when Albert Brooks used to go on Johnny Carson and literally read the phone book. Or Steve Martin would do those great bits. I guess I am. I really don’t know. I’m alternative (he says with raised eyebrows). I lead an alternative lifestyle. (laughs)