A few short years ago, Zach Galifianakis’ fanbase was mostly made up of critics and the comedy cognoscenti. Now even your grandmother has grown familiar with his bushy bearded face, a fixture on billboards everywhere. As overnight as his fame may seem, though, Galifianakis has been quietly paving a path toward stardom since his sitcom days in the mid-Nineties. Here are the most significant stops he’s had along the way, some more hysterical than others – but nearly all of them showing that the prickly comic with the deadliest deadpan deserves every bit of his success.
By Joe Berkowitz with Matthew Perpetua