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Zacharius Knight Galifianakis
Zacharius Knight Galifianakis

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This America comedian is widely known for his absurdist, deadpan sense of humor. The son of Mary Frances and Harry Galifianakis, Zacharius was born October 1st, 1969 in rural Dobson North Carolina. His mother ran a local community arts center, and his father was a heating oil vender. In the 10th grade, Galifianakis grew his now trademark beard to cover scars he suffered from a water skiing accident. Galifianakis' broke into television in 1996, playing the recurring role of a stoner named Billy in the short-lived sitcom Boston Common. Galifianakis is known for, among other things, his unconventional stand-up style, which typically features the reading of one-liners while playing a piano. While initially more of an "underground" comedian, Galifianakis garnered mainstream attention with his critically acclaimed performance in the 2009 comedy hit The Hangover. Despite increasing fame, Galifianakis’ comedy has become progressively more challenging. A prime example is his surreal interview-show “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” which blurs the boundaries of reality and comedy, while mercilessly skewering celebrity self-importance.