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Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (2005)

Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Zach Galifianakis, Zach Galifianakis
Director: Michael Blieden, Michael Blieden
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Studio: Shout! Factory
Genre: Comedies, Stand-up Comedy/Performance
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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Idiosyncratic stand-up comic Zach Galifianakis brings his wry brand of piano-based non-sequiturs to the stage of San Francisco's famed Purple Onion comedy club, and the cameras roll to catch every offbeat moment for this release that's sure to keep die-hard fans doubled over in laughter, and everyone else scratching their heads in giddy bemusement. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Not Zach's best... by underdog May 21, 2007 - 11:44 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I'm a big fan of Zach Galifianakis' work, his ideas, his sense of humor and of comedy exploration, but this concert film is a bit of a disappointment. He seems to be doing a bit too much experimentation - which can be good - but he's not quite Andy Kaufman here, either. Some of the comedy seems aimless, rambling, he flubs it a few times. Would have been nice to have him go through a few more "drafts" before doing a recording of it. That said, there are some great moments here when he really gets rolling, where you can see how brilliant he can be. There's also a running bit where he plays his "brother," as a sort of bumpkin, in a series of interviews, which is funny for a little while but gets a little old. He's so good at doing various voices and characters that it would have been nice to see him mix it up a bit.

Galifianakis is a peer of Patton Oswalt - you might have seen him in the Comedians of Comedy tour or the subsequent cable show and documentary; if so, you know what he can do. He can be out there but still keep the audience engaged. If you're a fan, you should definitely still check this out, as there are a number of good moments, but again, for the uninitiated, I'd start with Comedians of Comedy - where he's also quite funny in the "real life" segments away from the stage - or see him live.

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