Over the weekend, The New York Times Magazine looked to capitalize on the growing buzz surrounding Zach Galifianakis and his breakout performance in The Hangover, which comes out this Friday. Their in-depth feature on the outsider comedian (whose performance is worthy of all the attention) includes several anecdotes that speak to Galifiankis’ outrageously singular comedic sensibility. But we’ve got one told to us by Hangover director Todd Phillips that isn’t in the piece, but is just hilarious as anything that is.
Zach just continues to blow my mind. He’s a performance artist. Have you ever seen him do stand-up? It’s not stand-up. You can’t call it that. He doesn’t go up and tell jokes about peanuts on a plane. I was just in Vegas with Zach doing the junket, and he introduces me to his mom, who’s the cutest little 65-year-old woman, she loves him, and she’s so proud of him. This kid walks over, and he recognizes Zach from whatever, and he goes, “I’m sorry to bother you, but can I just take a picture real quick?” And Zach turns to the kid and goes, “Can’t you see I’m with a prostitute?” And his mom just starts cracking up.
For more Hangover action, check back tomorrow for our interview with doctor-actor Ken Jeong, then later this week for our full interview with Todd Phillips.