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

The ridiculously overrated comic wears out his welcome.

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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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Wait. He's a comedian? Don't you have to be funny first?
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American humor no longer has anything to do with wit or hilarity. It reflects the vast American persona of a huge humorless, grey, and ugly adult. Years ago comedians in America were good at making fun of themselves and getting others to go along with the stick. Today American comedians are for the most part political hacks seeking the approval of the PC emperor and his cohorts. Satire and wit are completely missing from the American culture because they require intelligence in order to enjoy the humor.
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There's also that they've all resorted to the Bob Zmuda technique of being intentionally obnoxious and unfunny, then laughing at all the people watching who "don't get it".
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They also appear to have little if any class anymore. The sheer bulk of their humor isn't funny, it's 14 year old juvenile delinquent "humor." Just plain crass.
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Your are closer to the mark than you think. I've read a number of articles that the target movie demographic is the 14 to 25 year old male, particularly for action and comedy movies. This is why you see toilet humor, physical gags, and put downs as the main source of comedy while action is mostly highly stylized and choreographed fighting and explosions.

The finer elements were long ago sacrificed in the name of marketing. Even the Three Stooges had clever wordplay mixed in with their slapstick. Indeed they tried to appeal to three demographics: the working man/the guy down on his luck (the usual role of the characters), the high brow (with their wordplay and "showing how the other half lived" whilst also lampooning the high brows for the amusement of the working man), and the middle class which could laugh at it all.

So, by appealing to the lowest end of a low demographic, small wonder comedy stinks. That and the political aspect also mentioned by another poster. The liberals alienate over half of potential audiences with their crass, mean, bigoted, intolerant, and unfunny "humor." But then, that's liberals to a T.
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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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