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The Making of Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis on stage at 92YTribeca

New York Times Magazine has been working on a major profile of 92YTribeca comedy fave Zach Galifianakis, which will appear in this Sunday’s issue and was just posted online. We didn’t make it past the first page before we fainted from the absolutely positive review of all things Zach Galifiankis. (We wonder if Zach feels like blogger Emily Gould, who will be at the Y on June 8, after seeing herself on the cover of the NYT magazine.) Here’s a snippet from the article on Zach:

“On a blustery Wednesday night this past December, the newly opened TriBeCa branch of New York’s 92nd Street Y was host to a stand-up comedy show, but you’d never have guessed it from the goings-on backstage...When Galifianakis hit the 92Y stage in his customary jogging shoes and corduroy blazer, instead of breaking the crowd in by leading off with a few jokes, he regarded them blankly for a moment, then handed out a fistful of short yellow pencils and white slips of paper. “I don’t know what to say to you guys tonight, so I’m taking requests,” he announced. “Write down a song you feel like hearing.” The front tables looked to be a mix of stand-up fans and 92Y [Tribeca] regulars reserving their judgment, but the slips were duly filled out and collected. Galifianakis rifled through the slips as he walked over to the baby grand piano at stage right, then stopped short, frowned and looked back at the crowd. “ ‘Joy to the World,’ huh?” he murmured. “I’ll see what I can do.” Then he turned and gestured to someone off stage left.

Suddenly, like a conjuring trick, the trio of tuba players stood center stage, playing a tightly rehearsed rendition of the requested song with businesslike looks on their faces. The reaction of the crowd was a mixture of astonishment, confusion and childlike pleasure at the unlikeliness of what they were seeing…

The laughs haven’t really stopped at 92YTribeca since that fateful day in December. 92YTribeca and comedy in New York City have been flirting with each other for months (The Weekender Parody, Comedy Below Canal™, David Wain), and it seems clear now that they show no sign of slowing down.

For those who are bummed about missing Zach when he was here in December, or again when he came this spring, you can come to a special screening of Visioneers, which he stars in, on June 3. We would also add that surprise guests stop by 92YTribeca all the time. Trust us when we tell you that insiders know the best way to stay up to date on what’s happening at 92YTribeca is via Twitter. If there is hot news to share about an event, you’ll most likely here it there first.

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