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5 Reasons Hangover: Part III Star Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

The ridiculously overrated comic wears out his welcome.

by
John Boot

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May 24, 2013 - 7:00 am

2) He Uses His Look as a Crutch.

Appearing again and again as the same roly-poly, bushy-faced little man-troll has established Galifianakis as a brand, but being fat and furry is not the same thing as being funny. He keeps layering on the silly costumes — retro t-shirts, the famous man-purse in the first Hangover, the odd safari suit of Hangover II, and the sleeveless bush jacket he wears this time around — because his comedic talents are so feeble.

He’s essentially a prop comic, except he wears his props, and tired prop comedy, like the third Hangover film, is something that happens in Vegas and ought to stay in Vegas. Someone needs to tell Galifianakis that comedy movie stars have to give the audience a little bit more than clown wear.

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While I have laughed hard at some of his stuff in the past, it hit me watching his "Between Two Ferns" show on YouTube- he really isn't THAT funny. (In fairness the Steve Carrell "Between Two Ferns" was funny but...) He does this grouchy, snide schtick and tries to be really dry but it's just repetitive and boring. He's trying to do this uncomfortable anti-comedy stuff but it just seems really forced.

On another note, what's the deal with UK comedy these days? Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and especially Russell Brand are like nails on a chalkboard to me. Is it just me? There's a smarter-than-thou nastiness to them that is just grating. They seem to reflect a postmodern "morality is for idiots" kind of philosophy that a lot of UK "intellectuals" like to wear on their sleeves.
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Ouch! Cold, but spot on.
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Oh yes, he was long ago added to my "unfunny, repetitious" list (which includes Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey).
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Vince Vaughn
Owen Wilson
Ben Stiller
Will Ferrell
Seth Rogen
Kevin James
Chris Rock
David Spade
Rob Schneider

Any combination of the above
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Tom Cruise

Talk about a limited range of emotion. He's a comedian, right?
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