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The Daily Inquisition / March 20, 2010

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Every day I make the same mistake: reading other people’s errors. Today’s Error: “Zach Galifianakis is funny.” They’ve even named him the “2nd Funniest Actor In Hollywood.” Zach Galifianakis is not funny. And if you think he is, you must stop thinking immediately. (See Below for Instructions.) Zach Galifianakis is worse than not-funny: he’s a sleazy little thief and a hack who ripped off a far superior act, Martin Short–and it’s a pretty bad rip-off at that. I’ve got video evidence below to prove it:

Exhibit A: Zach Galifianakis interviewing Ben Stiller:

And now, Exhibit B: The great Martin Short as Jiminy Glick interviewing Ben Stiller:

Primetime Glick
Martin Short – Ben Stiller
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If you have been infected with this “Zach Galifianakis Is Funny” Error, you must sterilize your reproductive organs immediately. Then take a long darning needle, carefully pull up your left eyelid, and gently thrust the darning needle under the eyelid and over the left eyeball, sliding it between eyeball and socket (the eyeball is soft enough to allow the darning needle to slide in). Keep pushing the darning needle until it reaches your frontal lobe. Once it reaches your frontal lobe, wiggle the darning needle vigorously. If you are still standing, grab a hammer and bang the exposed end of the darning needle, run full-sprint face-first into a wall, just do whatever it takes, until you’ve thoroughly pithed the key personality functions of your brain, and you’ve slumped forward drooling onto your thighs. Do it now. It’s the responsible thing to do.


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  • 1. Schlomo  |  March 20th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    If I think my posting a comment is relevant, I must stop thinking.

    Obviously there has only been one faux off-putting interview character.

    I’m sorry to be so offended, but you’re really great at what you do.

    I hope some day I’ll be in Vanity Fair, rather than merely commenting anonymously.

  • 2. Jeanne  |  March 20th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I loathe all of these smug, unfunny creeps like Galifianakis and Seth Rogen. Who decided to give these charmless jerks the big push? I can’t believe they get paid millions.

  • 3. Eddie  |  March 20th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Uncharismatic stupid people making a living pretending to be uncharismatic and stupid so that other uncharismatic and stupid people have something they understand to watch.

  • 4. John Ivan  |  March 20th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    During WW2 in Soviet Union, there was list of approved “jokes” people could say and not being picked up and interrogated by NKVD for being to smart.

    Last thing we need is something like an anonymous commenter idiot trying to make a serious analogy between that and anything going on in our day and age.

    Deja vu ?

  • 5. Diet Coke  |  March 20th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I saw his penis.

  • 6. Antonio B.  |  March 20th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I get sideways glances for saying I thought “The Hangover” sucked! What the fuck. I tell’em Zombieland was way better. Which it was. Zach’s comedy is about seclusion of the “odd” and demeaning any idiosynchratic trait a person has, whether he is the one playing the fall guy to superior personas or like in his stand up routine is the inquisitor. You know who is worse though? CARLOS MENCIA.

  • 7. tam  |  March 20th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    hadn’t even heard of Zach Galifianakis until i read this article. But thanks for that clip of him, Mark, he’s really funny!

  • 8. Jorge  |  March 20th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Zach Galifianakis is funny. Now I got to lobotomize self.

  • 9. Halop  |  March 20th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I think this is a bit harsh. He has his own style that you may not like and perhaps isn’t as great as Short, but can be funny nonetheless. We all prefer the stars we grew up with and there is little doubt that in time the younger generation will like Zach G. as much as we love Martin Short.

    Why did I just write something this squishy and stupid?

  • 10. Allen  |  March 20th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Glad to see the inquisition is back. What an unexpected surprise.

  • 11. Das Moleman  |  March 20th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I like reading Ames, but in his mind Looney Tunes and Sam Kinnison have a monopoly on the word “comedy.” So take this screed with a spoonful of mixed amphetamine-salt.

  • 12. Fred Zed  |  March 20th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Wasn’t he in Little Feat?



  • 13. sda  |  March 20th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Short didn’t invent doing satirical celebrity interviews. Hell, Stiller did some of that stuff on SNL and his old FOX show. So was Short ripping Stiller off to his face?

  • 14. scott  |  March 20th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    sorry ames…but i’m one of those idiots who actually falls for zach’s shit

  • 15. mydick  |  March 21st, 2010 at 7:51 am

    This is the article i’m going to comment on? This one? among all the other postings here? well, if my pr boss tells me to astroturf it, i’ll astroturf it.

  • 16. Myf  |  March 21st, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Mark I love you and everything, but I you know all comedy is built on prior comedy, that’s why stand up comedy from the past and old comedies tend to get worse as time goes on. Layers of new novelty on top of now unnovel old novelty.

    Zach’s persona is quite different than Jiminy Glick, and I love jiminy glick, I remember sitting on the floor next to my dad’s recliner and laughing til I would start coughing painfully. Jiminy Glick did bombastic slapstick and Zach does understated silly slapstick. I know your style is NEWSFLASH EVERYYHING IS EVIL AND WRONG AND TERRIBLE, but come on. Don’t shit on one of the only handful of funny people who are actually allowed to be on tv and movies.
    Who would you rather watch, one of the members of the judd apatow ‘I’m so anxious around girls !’ comedy squad in every hollywood comedy in the last 6 years, or Zach galifianakis/stella/ the late mitch hedburg ?

  • 17. old exile fan  |  March 21st, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Mark, just because I’m hot ‘n bothered that you nailed Zach for being a hack, does not mean that I’m not going to defend him. Sorry buddy, but a good PR firm is paying me to post comments, so I’m going to comment here and defend Zach. Which is to say, “man boy oh boy was his interview with stiller hilarious. Could not tell if Stiller was in on it or not. Would not be surprised that he was in on it.”

    There, I did it. Now to bury my head in shame.

  • 18. scott  |  March 21st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    that’s great, post my comment…paul is dead/miss him miss him miss him/

  • 19. Bill Rush  |  March 21st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    It makes me sick to my stomach that piss poor comedians like Galifianakis get all the money and praise while a real comic talent like Weebles McFinn, who is light years better than this pudgy hack, has to settle for smaller roles.

  • 20. Connors  |  March 21st, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Agreed that Zach G. is terrible. I don’t know what the fuck that guy’s deal is, but he’s painfully bad. I think there’s a conspiracy to prop his career up. A few big names lie and insist that he’s funny, and then a bunch of idiots take their word for it. Not that Martin Short is much better. He used to be pretty funny, but that Primetime Glick stuff was a disaster, as it should’ve been.

  • 21. Jacob  |  March 21st, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    i work for a pr firm whose job it is to go to blog comments and prop up zach’s rep. won’t someone please kill me now?

  • 22. Karl  |  March 21st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Dunno who either of these people are but I can say that I felt the guy on the second clip was so-so. Until I watched the first clip. The beer bellied Grizzly Adams is such a fuck up he makes the second guy look a genius in comparison.

  • 23. FrankMcG  |  March 21st, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Martin Short’s act isn’t funnier, just louder. Timing and body language are huge factors in comedy, and Zack has them down much better. Short has some good lines but ruins the delivery by just trying way too hard. A golden rule of comedy is that delivery is more important than the actual joke, and having similar material is fine if the imitator has a superior delivery.

    Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow are the two you should be burning at the stake. Their comedies are nothing but the characters shooting the shit so people can watch and say, “Me and my friends talk just like that!”

    The problem is they aren’t any funnier than your average group of friends shooting the shit (they’re usually worse). Comedians are paid to be FUNNIER than your average person. Why would I pay to watch Rogen when I could just hang out with my friends and have funnier conversation with them? Your average person could write dialog funnier than Apatow movies IN REAL TIME. Here, I’m just going to type this non-stop off the top of my head without stopping to think:

  • 24. FrankMcG  |  March 21st, 2010 at 11:40 pm


    RAY knocks. His date, LORIE, opens the door.

    LORIE- “Hey. I’ll just be a minute. Would you like to come in?”

    RAY- “Sure”

    Ray enters. One of Lorie’s roomates, SHANA, walks into the common room and starts prying out the TV remote batteries.

    SHANA- “I swear to god Lorie we need to buy some more batteries”

    She notices Ray.

    SHANA- “Oh, um, hi”

    She fidgets the batteries.

    SHANA- “My…radio. Eats them like crazy.”

    The third roommate, JULIE, enters. She notices Shana stealing batteries.

    JULIE- “For fuck’s sake, Shana. Why don’t you get a real guy so I can watch some goddamn TV for once.”

    Shana motions to keep quiet in front of Ray, a guy. Julie turns to Ray without a beat.

    Julie- “She never opens her door. Her room always sounds like a hummingbird is dying in there.”

    Shana- “Jesus christ!”

    Julie- “I’m doing you a favor, shaming you into getting a real man.”

    Shana- “So I can go have sex in our shower? Maybe I could afford remote batteries if I didn’t always have to buy new shampoo because your two FUCKING JIZZ all over the bottles!”

    Julie freaks and attacks Shana. Lorie emerges from her room.

    Lorie- “All set!”

    Her and Ray exit.

    Ray- “Nice meeting you.”

  • 25. mookid  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 3:01 am

    whoa they both interviewed ben stiller!! when is martin short gonna sue him?

  • 26. Hamsterfist  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 5:34 am

    I suggest watching the ‘Comedians of Comedy’. The whole time I was thinking Zach G. does a great Marin Short. So props for imitation?

  • 27. Abraham Renko  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I just heard your interview with Robin Young and enjoyed your perspective. This is my first time checking out your recent work and I have to say you are way off target. Zach Galifianakis is funny. Martin Short is not and never really was. If I compare your views on Russia with this misunderstanding of Zach G. things don’t add up. Perhaps it was all the drugs you were taking in Russia that helped you to see so clearly. How much weight have you gain since returning to the land of plenty.
    Good luck with your project- take another look at Galifianaki- you will be glad you did.

  • 28. good 'ol johnny  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    If only the daily inquisition were daily. But I guess when you’re fighting the further rise of a vast and evil empire, you sort of stop having a lot of opinions about … normal stuff.

  • 29. chiperson  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    when i saw “G-Force 3D” in the movie theater, zach galifianakis was fucking hilarious

  • 30. Josh  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    “In Canada, Comedy Central videos are [not] available on The Comedy Network.”

    I bitch about this on every US blog that embeds a video from Comedy Central.

  • 31. Bill Rush  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    That scene that FrankMcG posted got me thinking. There are thousands of those same kind of hackneyed scripts floating around Hollywood being produced so it can cater to low bro Canadians and Americans who love this shit.

    I’ll stick to my Loony Toons and South Park.

  • 32. Halop  |  March 24th, 2010 at 5:45 am

    WHOA!! I don’t know how to read which is why I don’t know your policy on comments that’s printed loudly on your site, but that said, I had no idea that you guys allowed idiotic comments like mine. This is HILARIOUS!!!

  • 33. Pavel  |  March 24th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Jew Steal….how fucking original. Ames is totally right here.

  • 34. JoJoJo  |  March 24th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I haven’t been paying attention to these recent comedies because they are retarded bullshit like that script sample above but I knew that Zach GarfunkleAtkins was most likely full of the brown stuff when all the “wrong people” kept name dropping him. Yes Apatow and Rogen are hacks but they’re obvious hacks. Guys like this little neckbeard may be able to seduce those with IQs above room temperature and so they are much more dangerous.

  • 35. tom  |  March 24th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Zack G. isn’t funny, i watched one of his standups and didn’t laugh once, not once, then one of those redneck comedians came on and i cracked up. Zack G. is full of unfunny pretensions.

  • 36. FrankMcG  |  March 24th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Hey, I never said my scene was good! The goal was just to show that 5 minutes of off the top of your head thinking was all your average person needed to come up with a script that is at least as good as or better than an Apatow movie.

    Seriously, look at your average scene in those horrible movies. 5 minute scene of Rogen and friends talking which action movie star would win in a fight with other action movie stars. Not even Tarantino at his worst sinks to that kind of self-referential dribble. I watch Bill Murray movies (well, his older ones anyway) because the man is funnier than I could ever hope to be. But why would you pay to watch conversations in Apatow movies you could just have with your friends?

  • 37. FrankMcG  |  March 24th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    But this is distracting from the important issue: that anyone who thinks Martin fucking Short and Jimminy Glick are old school comedy geniuses needs to have their funny bone recalibrated. No sane person not trying to score O.G. street cred is going to claim that Jimminy Glick is funnier than Two Ferns; it doesn’t matter how much of a ripoff it is as long as it’s a funnier execution (it is).

  • 38. Shellah  |  March 26th, 2010 at 5:20 am

    That’s nice mark. Now go back to talking about shit that matters.

  • 39. Kidshowbusiness  |  March 27th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Martin Short? Seriously? Martin Short hasn’t been funny in 20 years. And he wasn’t THAT funny then. I wouldn’t waste anyone’s time defending Zach Whateverthefuckis, but if his worst crime is ripping off freaking Martin Short, he’s got way bigger problems then what some snarky guy on some snarky website he’s never heard of has to say. Ripping off Martin Short is the comedy equivalent of rolling 2nd graders for their lunch money. Sure it’s easy, but the rewards are small.

  • 40. mr. mike  |  March 27th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    If you can rent or watch “The Comedians of Comedy” Zach Galifianakis acts like a more and more of a complete asshole, and even ditches the last week or so of the tour, leaving Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, and Maria “space cadet” Bamford to patch the gap.

  • 41. Jyp  |  March 28th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    That fucking Dr.Doomlove is funnier than either of these guys. Furthermore, Ben Stiller, Gerry’s spawn, is one of the ugliest, unfunniest people in the world. Nepotism. You can’t beat it for propelling worthless incompetent hax into prosperous showbiz careers. Too bad. The whole of Hollywood is now a big stinking shithole of talentless relatives of other talentless scum.

    Just sayin’. Thank you.

  • 42. senorpogo  |  March 29th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Late to the party – but a pox on any ass who speaks ill of Martin Short.

  • 43. ryan b  |  March 30th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    mark ames is obviously a dildo hater who was hurt when zach g went to stillers ass. zach g is funny, and pry in the top 5 of funniest actors in hollywood. critics like this make me sick. i mean how long did it take this fucking geek to come up with such a creative way to shit on someone. if this fuck had any sort of talent he wouldnt be wasting all his time sitting infront of a computer fingering his dickhole thinking ways to tell you how someones not funny. if your going to be a critic atleast do some constructive criticism instead of trying to shit all over someones career.(like faggot fuck here)so all i have left to say is suck my dick MARK AMES ID RATHER SHOVE A SCOLDING HOT HANGER UP MY COCK HOLE, SMASH MY NUTS WITH A HAMMER THEN READ ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR STUPID FUCKING ARTICLES!!! ZACH G WILL KILL IT!!!

  • 44. Anonymous Coward  |  March 31st, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Mark Ames is just getting more famous and becoming more relevant to my nervous tics. Zach G. is so awesome because he’s just like my funniest friend in college. I wish I had a blog where I could post my comments and people would read them, rather than having to come to Mark’s

  • 45. solidox  |  April 6th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    How anyone finds Zach Galawhogivesafuck funny is beyond me. There hasn’t been a funny comedian in ages in America; the closest one of the last several years to come to it is Demetri Martin and I can only take so much. Sarah Silverman isn’t so bad but they all have a common flaw with the likes of Seth Rogan and Zach Galafianakis: terribly visible contrivance. Their personae are so totally contrived and deliberate; it kills the humor and offers me no reason to pay attention. That’s Hipster Comedy for you, and I’m not the least bit entertained by Hipsters.

  • 46. Ames's Mother  |  April 11th, 2010 at 5:20 pm


    Stop ignoring peoples posts you friggin genius or
    you’ll be for an allowance bonus when your Da gets home!

  • 47. Doug  |  April 12th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Anybody who gives a rip about Zach G. (or Rogen or Apatow), funny or not, is wasting their limited intelligence to begin with. Mark, if you haven’t figured out already that the vast majority of any populace is replete with idiots, I would question whether you don’t need a dose of your own “self-administered frontal lobotomizing”.

    P.S.-Mark, I want to like your writing but I always finish one of your pieces thinking the same thing: Almost everything I’ve ever read that you have written makes you come across as a complete asshole (I would guess that the sentiment is spot on with reality, so at least you are successful in that respect). Quit telling people what (and how) to think, especially when it’s something nobody fucking cares about (i.e. the shit-pile above). I would go on to tell you that Martin Short is not the Rosetta Stone against which to judge comedians, but you know what? I’m not an asshole who thinks he has the whole world figured out, and that everyone else needs to fucking bow to my will or else be lobotomized. Lighten the fuck up, surprise me, and publish a fucking story that has a point!

  • 48. Margo Blanfein  |  April 16th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Oh Mark, you have br-ken my heart. Not because Galifawhat’s his-name is anything, but because that little horrific midget. Is. Unbearable.

    And not fucking funny.

  • 49. andrew  |  April 18th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    i’d never seen the galifinakis guy before, but he was much funnier than the short thing.

  • 50. eat-a-dick  |  May 9th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    this article rawqs!!!! – I work for zach so i keep trying to come up with ways to post comments here that might undo some of hte damage this article has done, but to be honest, you’re right ames. zach is lame. and i’m just an anonymous commenter hired to shill for a lame comedian. you might think i’m being meta about it all and i am because i can’t help it. i’m a broken fucking record. but some day i’ll find a way to zing you ames. meantime, props to you.

  • 51. Davey L  |  May 22nd, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Are you people fucking crazy? You humourless twats can go whinge about comedians you think are unfunny, the rest of us can keep going about our lives….Zach Galifianakis, sure he ain’t no David Cross, but no Martin Short? Fuck off!

  • 52. Gi Sebastienne Gonzales  |  June 14th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Well, even if he ripped off a few jokes here and there, he’s still a cool actor. May not be a skilled comedian, but he’s got that whole persona and look that fits roles for movies like “The Hangover” and that one movie with Michael Cera

  • 53. andyman  |  August 28th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    You want funny? Watch Lenny Bruce, George Carlin or Louis C.K. Martin Short was NEVER funny EVER. Deny that to the last breath but he really wasn’t. Neither is Seth Rogan, that fat guy who accompanies him in most of his films, Ben Stiller, Zach G., anyone from The Office who isn’t Craig R., and Ben Stiller. Mencia isn’t even a comedian or full blooded Mexican ( he’s Half German and his name is actually Ned Holness for those who didn’t know). I do open mic and I’m working on my routine, and yes the first rule of comedy is that different shit is funny to different people but guys like Zach G. Can’t hold a candle to a George Carlin set. That’s the truth.

  • 54. Ed Brooks  |  September 6th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    You Sir, are a complete fool. An Auguste Clown! To make only one comparison between two comedians is utterly ridiculous. Between two ferns is an unscripted joke between Galifianakis and friends/equals surrounding the funny or die community. If you wanted to know the real Galifianakis you should have watched his performance at The Purple Onion. I can clearly see you have failed to do your homework also as it is suggested he is paid millions to be unfunny, yet at the time this was published he was not making millions. He is now paid millions as many people (HALF A BILLION by The Hangover revenue) seem to find him extremely entertaining. You’re just a douche with a desk and too much time on your hands, probably spent looking up at your degree certificate whilst shoving both hands down your trousers, opting to use your anus to grapple your pen and write out a quick rough draft of some shit before publishing it online.

  • 55. Thora  |  October 6th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Am I just missing something, or are the two interviews leagues different from each other?

  • 56. benstillerfaggot69  |  October 29th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t understand… What did Zach actually STEAL from Martin Short!?
    I suppose Carrot Top stole from Gallagher because they are both prop comics! And I suppose also that Chris Farley stole from John Candy because they were both fat!!
    The only thing your “video evidence” proves is that more than one comedian in the world has ever done a mock interview with a famous celebrity!
    If you want to talk plagiarism, write about the writers of Family Guy who blatantly steal material from other animated sitcoms, such as The Simpsons and South Park, on a weekly basis!!!

  • 57. BB  |  November 7th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I hate him! I never found him funny. At all. Not on SNL, not in Dinner for Shmucks…nowhere. And he seems smug.

  • 58. Jbird  |  November 28th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    He used to play the piano on stage, and that was fun.

  • 59. Compton  |  December 2nd, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    He is VERY unfunny actually, and the Hangover was so bad that I didn’t even laugh once when I was high. Oh wow, he’s smoking pot on stage, how hilarious. He makes guests on his show feel awkward, I’ve never seen that before in my whole f***ing life. I agree that Martin Short was not that funny as Jiminy Glick and that Zach is probably not intentionally stealing the bit, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is terribly unfunny to anyone who has watched one of hundreds of his better contemporaries such as Louis CK, Patton Oswalt, and David Cross. Even Demetri Martin is better at doing the same psuedo musical, hipster-y act. Zach is the equivalent of the guy you know that everyone thinks is funny because he acts random and weird, but then you grow up and realize he was just an ass that never matured past high school.

    And the people that defend him so adamantly? Seriously? He’s not even a nice guy if you see him in legitimate interviews. He’s not trying to be funny when he answers questions in the most ass way possible, he’s just being stupid.

  • 60. Philip Kenbok  |  December 6th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    You’re a goddamn genius, Ames. How exactly can he get away with this “plagiarism”? Seriously. Don’t bother trying to defend yourself against PR trolls who come onto this site to defend this douche. You make some goddamn good points. You did was show us two comedic faux-interviews, one which ripped off the other. I don’t even like Zach Galifinakis that much but you made me hate him more by making realize he is guilty of “plagiarism” and “rip-off” which are the worst. And then you have the balls (which I don’t have) to tell people to lobotomize themselves, which is the right thing because let’s face it Ames: your taste in comedy is THAT much above others’. Kill myself, I’m a pissant. I hope you bang a whore and fire a load into her eye. Please respond to me. I’m one of the many fan-stalkers of you, Ames. I’m dying to hear you. Please?

  • 61. Ese  |  December 19th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Zach is effing hilarious, end of story. Get over yourselves you self-righteous losers!!

    Oh…and I’m pretty sure Zach couldn’t give a crap if you douches like him or not. Most people do and he’s raking in the cash, so……..YEAH!!!!

  • 62. Jonathan Ames  |  December 24th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Well I’m a writer and a detective.

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  • 64.  |  February 15th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The only “error” here is Zach. Why? He makes me laugh, that means im stupid and have bought into some hype, its called an ‘erroneous opinion’. People are different, some are smart and some should be sterilized like me. anyone who likes Zach should shove a darning needle into their frontal lobe. The world would be a better place without disturbing, idiotic comments like mine. I’ll take your own advice and sit on the needle, mmm this is what I’ve always watned!

  • 65.  |  February 15th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    BTW have you ever considered that Zach meant to say when you busted him that he always meant to copy some of Martin Short? The shows called “Between Two Ferns” and is obviously a ripoff. I’ll crawl back in my bunghole now, later. Sorry, it’s just that I have a crush on Zach and would rim him for free, which is what I’m doing here anyway.

  • 66. Jakob Jakobson  |  March 20th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I can appreciate the parallel between Zach and Martin S. as far as they both have entertained the idea of a comedic, parodic interview. Otherwise, how is their humor remotely similar? That’s quite a sweeping generalization you’re making in suggesting that it is. I absolutely share your view that Zach isn’t funny and I have a personal, nearly pathologic hatred of his supposed talents (I found this site by typing “Zach G. not funny” into Google). But I really struggle to understand much of what you’re trying to convey by maintaining this site’s message. From the responses you’re getting, it’s quite obvious that many others do as well. I like your ultimate point – I just wish you’d go about it a little more sensibly.

    (As an aside, this site has allured some pretty fucked up people to contribute some pretty fucked up, pretentious answers. What up with that? Again, I love that you’ve devoted this space to demeaning Zach G.)

  • 67. The Optimist  |  March 21st, 2011 at 11:09 am

    You type with much anger…it confuses me. If you don’t find him funny, then don’t make a war out of it.

  • 68. Carrico  |  March 24th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Did Gallagher write this piece? Wait, Gallagher would’ve though HE was funnier than Zach Galifinakas instead of giving any other comedian any credit. You are correct though: Martin Short was HILARIOUS…in the 80s…when I was 14.

    “My name is Zach Galifanakas, and I approve of this troll’s comment.”

  • 69. Andy  |  April 15th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    You are stupid, Zach is hilarious. I am not wasting my time by commenting on your stupid blog because i am paid by Zach’s PR company to comment on your stupid blog. Is Zach funny or what?

  • 70. connor  |  May 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    zach galifianakis thinks that black people aren’t valuable members of society

  • 71. Merlon  |  May 31st, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    You are fucking mad, bro.

  • 72. Case  |  June 2nd, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Not at all a ripoff. What is the only similarity between the two? The fact that they are annoying exaggerated hosts – still a pretty general concept that can be taken a thousand different directions. And maybe two other similarities: Ben Stiller and the presence of two indoor plants.

    Galifinakis’ concept is totally different, character totally different, and I’ll add: much better!

  • 73. JN86  |  June 8th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Zach Galifianakis is a douchebag hypocrite. He refused to work with Mel Gibson who had a cameo in The Hangover, Part II. Strangely, he’s all right with Mike Tyson who’s a convicted rapist and also has a history of saying stupid things. It’s strange how people like him cherry pick their values. Even despite all of this, he’s not funny at all. In this video, being a jerk isn’t hilarious. I didn’t laugh once until Ben Stiller wrecked part of the set.

  • 74. djlf  |  June 19th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    how is this interview not a rip off? you’re dumb if you can’t see how zach should be sued by martin short

  • 75. Janae  |  July 7th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Crtaeed the greatest articles, you have.

  • 76. Haley  |  August 6th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Yeah okay he is funny, my sister is stupid. I’d like to see my sister get on stage my sister stupid shit. My sister probably make the worst jokes ever. Everyone has their own opinion they are entitled to but my sister is fucking annoying. My sister doesn’t want people bashing her ass on the Internet. I’m sure he doesn’t either.

  • 77. Frental Laubotme  |  August 23rd, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Hey, my boss at my PR firm just downloaded an awesome comment from Sockpuppet 3.1.1 in which I totally destroy this article. I mean, like, it’s my job and all at the PR agency to troll around different sites, that’s why Zach’s manager pays us to troll the “social media.” Check out this awesome sarcastic comment from Sockpuppet 3.1.1, you’ll never look at this article the same. Ready? Here goes:

    “bla bla bla Zach pays me bla bla bla”

  • 78. Ian J  |  September 3rd, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Mark, is my real name “Zach Galifianakis’s PR butt-boy”?

  • 79. Evan  |  September 4th, 2011 at 4:01 am

    this is one of the most pathetic excuses for a comment ive ever read. If you dont think hes funny, youre absolutely right. but its absolutely an intelligent opinion to think hes not funny. i dont find dane cook funny but that doesnt make it funny that i dont think its funny, but someday i will learn how to insert apostrophes. zach doesnt make arenas full of people laugh. i cant stop crying since you opened my eyes about zach, i think will i go jack off in a fat suit.

  • 80. baidu456  |  September 7th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you again for taking the time to write and let me know your thoughts, they are much appreciated!

  • 81. George  |  October 4th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Zach Galif#$%^& sucks! He is not funny and extremely limitted in his acting abilities. Horrible stand up comic! Not very talented at all. I won’t ever pay to see him in anything. I think he is also g@y! If he’s not, he sure acts like it!

  • 82. Greg  |  November 2nd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    are u no-lifing fatties serious? he is fucking awesome, he has achieved more than u ever have, so fuck you :)

  • 83. You are foolish  |  November 27th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Hm… ever consider that Zach is tipping his hat to Short with this, but doing it in his own style? They key to true art is paying homage to those that came before you, and doing something slightly different at the same time.

    You say that Zach ‘sucks’ and is not talented, but the simple fact that he’s succeeded in doing what he loves proves you wrong. News flash – the best writers and comedians have all been copying each other for years.

    “There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.”

    -Benjamin Franklin

  • 84. joe  |  December 11th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Martin short is probably one of 5 greatest comedians that Zach has ripped off (and there are a lot, believe me).

    Oh and by the way, I want to give a shout-out to my fellow social-media-trolltards commenting here. Can I get a wha-what?

  • 85. Trevor  |  December 12th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I’m paid to come onto this site and claim that Zach galifianakis is hilarious. i dont understand what Zach galifianakis’s manager is doing paying me to whine on behalf of Zach, and can’t I even spell the word plaigerizing??? nothing facetious.

  • 86. YouMadBro?  |  December 18th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Your truly is a Fag no one cares who I think is funny or who ripped off who.K.Y.S honky baby.

  • 87. HEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYY  |  February 28th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    uh oh. i like both of them. should i kill myself for liking zach? i have trouble forming opinions of my own, somebody help!

    but seriously, zach has fucked up big time in recent history (the hangover?! whatever other stupid movies he’s been in? blech!) and seems like a total fuckface, but his short lived vh1 show “late world with zach” was the shit. seriously. then again, i am a moron and only stupid people like unfunny, uncharismatic “hipsters” like mr. garfinkles.

    martin short i don’t care what anybody says, i will forever love him for ed grimly.

  • 88. dANK  |  February 29th, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Funny how I get paid to troll social media by Zach’s manager, and yet even still I can’t manage to bring myself to pretend that Zach is in the least bit funny or original.

  • 89. Craig  |  March 20th, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I work for Zach. He’s so vain he wants me to attack this article, and he even pays me to improve his image in social media. What a fag

  • 90. SMD  |  June 27th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Zach Galifianakis is a comedy god, my dad says, who is a closet-case. He is as much of a rip of — I’m a fucking moron, who doesn’t know the difference between of and of — for this as michael bay is for making an action movie after another action movie had been made. If you were copying ever time you used the same style as somebody else, nobody would be original. Man, am I a cynical dumb ass and just need to go listen to some mad at dad music and wallow about how the world is so fake. Damn fgts.

  • 91. You are ignorant  |  June 27th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Yep, that’s my old man.

  • 92. Joe  |  July 14th, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Whoa. I just was told by my PR boss here at this social media pr company Zach hired to go into comments sections, and I stumbled into one of the FUNNIEST fucking columns I’ve ever seen. I fucking hate Zach more than anyone, he’s just a hack, but I’m hired to troll sites that also take down Zach, but I have to admit, you nailed this loser good. Zach the Hach doesn’t have ONE funny thing to say in it. And he’s a ripoff of Martin Short. I never breed or vote.

  • 93. Retro Geeker  |  August 1st, 2012 at 9:05 am

    He’s about as funny as Conan O’Brien.

  • 94. John  |  August 9th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Z.G. makes me nauseous. I’m pretty
    sure that he still donates plasma because
    he doesn’t want to forget where he
    came from. If he becomes any more popular I will
    Be forced to chuck my Plasma TV out the window.

  • 95. newfagscanttriforce  |  October 12th, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I’m not a huge fan of his stand-up, and he needs to be able to play more than one roll. [sic fuck] THAT SAID. I am in reality a G-funk troll so watch me roll. [I made that rime!] All I see on this page is a bunch of aspiring actors who expect to make it on sex appeal and boyish charm showing us EXACTLY why they’ll never make a name for themselves. These are the same people that would tell you that Danny DeVito has no place in Hollywood because he’s ‘creepy’. Get real, people of taste care about one of two things: Talent and money. Somehow Mr. Galifianakis has brought enough to the table to make him relevant. Keep dreaming, Hollywood-off-the-bus.

  • 96. newfagscanttriforce  |  October 12th, 2012 at 2:13 am


  • 97. Austin S.  |  January 4th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Does anyone else notice–no, you’re the first one, be blessed the AEC–how the author of this article keeps commenting on this article as other people claiming to be Zack’s PR people?

    Get a life bro… As if a PR firm would bother with your tiny site… And you expect people to belive th somehow everyone working there forgets that they aren’t supposed to tell everyone on the internet.

    Also, notice the re-occurence of “social media”,”PR”,”troll” within these comments.

    Anyway, Zack Galifinakis is a pretty decent comedian, and in no way copied Short. Get a life, and eat a dick… Goodnight! đŸ˜€

  • 98. havetocomment  |  February 22nd, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    if you think your comments are funny, please take a needle…..

  • 99. ZachisGalifantastic  |  March 30th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    most comedy is subjective! but comments like this are plain rertarded. ‘scuse me while I go stick my head in the garbage disposal for a few

  • 100. Jay  |  June 28th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    commenting on other people’s blogs is an ugly thing. but Zach pays me to do this, so yeah, it’s a job

  • 101. Mattie  |  September 7th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Zach is a loser that will lick everyone’s ass around to get his career going. He’s not funny, he’s a pathetic jerk off.

  • 102. megafaggot  |  September 11th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    You know who else isn’t funny? The author of this troll comment.

  • 103. TheWriterOfThisIsArticleIsAFuckingGod  |  December 6th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Whoever wrote this article is a fucking god, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading him.

  • 104. Benstillerfaggot69  |  December 20th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    You know what? There are definitely some very small similarities, but honestly after watching both of them, zach was funnier. End of story.

  • 105. Hillariopolis  |  March 19th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you for your opinion, my friend.

  • 106. Gavin McInnes  |  May 14th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hey, Mark checking in here, just letting everyone know I’m going to kill myself for being such a faggot.

  • 107. Rick  |  December 26th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    He is very weak. Not at all funny. I wish I had 5 minutes with this guy …. wouldn’t be a pimple on andy dicks ass

  • 108. Renee  |  April 13th, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I like to consider myself a free thinker. I don’t follow pop culture or even give a shit about what’s “trending,” or “in vogue.” And I’m certainly not an idiot, but I think zach galifianakis is insanely funny! He’s not a hack, nor is he guilty of plagiarism. Aren’t comedians and actor’s allowed to have role models and people they maybe mimic not to copy them but as a nod to their art? When did this suddenly become plagiarism? Just because you aren’t a fan doesn’t make someone a hack! Martin short’s “jiminy glick” was funny about 15 years ago! It’s over now…

  • 109. Mara Wilson  |  June 19th, 2015 at 4:29 am



    seriously, this is retarded, even if he intentionally stole a joke from THIRTY YEARS AGO, he repackaged it and did it better than that TALENTLESS HACK Martin Shore

    go watch a Simple Wish and shut the fuck up

    Martin Shore is the biggest loser to ever walk the face of the fucking Earth

    I promise that if Martin Shore could switch places with Zach Galifianakis, he’d be on his knees sucking my dick, to thank me for the opportunity to leave his worthless life behind.

    Zach sucks hot ass too but hey, he’s successful. what the fuck does he care?

  • 110. Rupert O. Mcmillan  |  July 12th, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Martin Short has never been funny, after all, he’s canadian

  • 111. ALVIN BERRO  |  July 19th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I’m not sure that I agree that Galafanakis stole his routine from Martin Short; the Jiminy Glick bit was amusing, but the interview between Zack and Stiller was downright funny; I think you just used the popularity of this thing to pull in attention for yourself and hate on some successful fat guy with a beard.

  • 112. jhn  |  December 25th, 2015 at 10:23 am

    You guys know that this is all staged right? Im sure ben stiller wouldnt of agreed to come on stage if zach wasnt funny?

  • 113. Fart Barf  |  April 12th, 2016 at 11:53 am


    I am sad and pathetic. Honestly, this is how I spend your time—trolling geniuses like you? Wow. Congrats, on not having my bitter life. How many words? I see a shrink. It is better for you, I am a worthless reader. Yes, in this comment box I spew vitriol like a jealous child. I need to grow up. Okay, the guy’s humor is not funny. I wish I could move on. Jesus Christ I am lonely.

  • 114. Rick  |  May 19th, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    J David Osborne’s blog entry for March 25, 2016 discusses what looks like a clear case of plagiarism,

    The entry includes a soundcloud link to an interview on Kink 109. Galifianakis’ name is mentioned.

    Worth the read/listen.

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