March 27, 2006

Radar Interview With Zack Galifianakis

(The now defunct) Radar Magazine's interview with Zach Galifianakis, who was a huge part of the fun in the movie version of Comedians of Comedy, which also starred the always brilliant ("I look like a little lesbian. I know I do.") Patton Oswalt, delightfully off-kilter Maria Bamford, and the awfully tolerant Brian Posehn. (Witness Posehn and Galifianakis in a hotel room late at night after a gig, bored, and a little too experimental with the video sort of defies verbal description.)

In the interview, he talks about growing up one of the few Greeks in North Carolina (but working there for folks named Sedaris, apparently cousins of David and Amy Sedaris), working for the Hollywood "sh*t factory," his unabashed love for (and perhaps far-fetched hopes to star in a sitcom with) Noam Chomsky, and his assessment of the long-term virtues of David Letterman and Bill Murray:
You’re given all this attention...and everyone’s vulnerable to it if you’re put up on a pedestal—and soon you start to think, Maybe I am that great. But with comedy you gotta watch it. Because you forget what brought you there in the first place. Once you start getting wealthy, and all that crap, you become very unfunny. Bill Murray and Dave Letterman are the only two older successful comedians who are still hilarious. But they’re fuckin’ crazy. They’re both just still nuts. Which is good.

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