Comedy review: Zach Galifianakis rocks with Queens of the Stone Age jabs, bits about 9/11 and Sarah Palin

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Dear Rock Stars: You might want to think twice before asking Zach Galifianakis for freebies. The star of The Hangover movies gave Queens of the Stone Age a little more than they asked when they called his manager for free tickets to his sold-out stand-up gig at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles Wednesday night. They got prime seats in Row F and a whole lock of mockery to boot. “I don’t know you f—-ing guys!” the comedian yelled at the band, seated in the all-ages crowd of 270 fans, which ranged from hoodie-wearing hipsters to bearded, bespectacled burly men to indie chicks and comedy nerds. “Can we get tickets?” he mocked in a whiny voice as Queens of the Stone Age members Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, and Michael Shuman laughed on. “Let me Google them and see who the f— they are! I don’t know you motherf—ers!”

Galifianakis jumped into the crowd to mix it up with fans, spotted two empty seats and screamed, “Two empty seats? I used to be someone in this town!” Then he spotted Homme, pulled him onstage, sat him on a piano bench, and carefully positioned a sideways mike in front of the singer for a little Q&A.

“Where are you from?” asked Galifianakis, looking his casual self in a baby blue baseball cap, dark button down shirt, and rumpled tan pants, with a drink in one hand and a green notebook of “Goof Abouts” in the other. “I’m from Palm Springs,” Homme replied sheepishly. With his head cocked sideways, Galifianakis quipped sarcastically, “Palm Springs, one of those great heavy metal towns. Isn’t Warrant from there?”

“Can we get tickets?” he squealed again, as the crowd erupted again in laughter. “I was in a band. We were called ‘Marching,’” the funnyman deadpanned, admitting that while he knows nada about Queens of the Stone Age, he listens to Al Jarreau and longtime L.A. DJ Rick Dees.

Galifianakis, who returns as Ray Hueston on HBO’s Bored to Death on Oct. 10, performed a shorter surprise set at Tuesday night’s show at Largo as well. (“Tonight’s set was better, but he’s always good,” said fan Kristin, 28, from Long Beach.) Wednesday’s show, billed as “Zach, Doug, Jen and Joe: An Evening of Comedy,” was the comic/actor’s last L.A. gig for the year and featured his comedian friends Doug Benson, Jen Kirkman, and Joe Wagner.

Queens of the Stone Age weren’t the only recipients of his comic wrath. He described the crowd as people you’d see “in line at a kissing booth at Comic-Con — bunch of geeks!” Elsewhere in the 35-minute set, Galifianakis poked fun at DJs (“I hate DJS! F— you! Get a job!”), was politically incorrect (“Know any good 9/11 anniversary parties?”), nearly knocked us off our seat by this declaration, “I love Sarah Palin,” before jumping in with perfect comic timing, “Excuse me, I like parasailing” and even took a shot at little people (“I just did a short film with Peter Dinklage.”)

“I gotta say, I have a real coolness about me tonight. I’m really impressed with the way I am,” added the actor.

And, so was the crowd. “That was amazing!” said Jennifer Landry, 22, a student and regular comedy club-goer. “It’s nice to see that with all of his success, he still does small clubs like this and he hasn’t lost his comic edge. And, the tickets were only $20! What?”

We couldn’t agree more, Jennifer.

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  • Bella

    Comic wrath? Really? It seems he’s slamming everybody these days. His ego is bigger than his roles and it’s hard to forget that now whenever I see him on anything.

    • Templar

      Completely bored by ZG. Buh-bye.

  • John Costello

    How the hell did he not know who QOTSA were!?

  • Matt W

    I really doubt he has a big ego. I’m pretty sure since he is a comic that was only JOKING.

    • Nicole

      Thank you for making me feel sane. I expected the comments to be full of ‘he’s awesome’ and other niceties, but clearly a lot of people don’t get him. And Queens of the Stone Age are pretty okay with self-mockery – I’m sure they’re fine.

  • AWFUL

    He’s the Kanye West of comedy.
    His ego is bigger than his career.

    • MultiPass

      But not his balls

    • Matt

      You’re going to need to define what it takes to have a “big” ego; it seems he goes after who he perceives to be bullies, or other people with big egoes. Actresses who treat him like dirt, bands who aren’t relevant asking for FREE tickets, when they are rich enough to buy tickets themselves. I disagree. He seems to treat his fans really well; he’s going to small venues where they sell his tickets cheaply. That does not seem like big ego. He seems to not mince words, but he’s not especially vulgar/cruel. Why isn’t he allowed to speak his mind?

    • taco

      if you think that, you obv dont get his humor

    • Helba

      I do feel that nowadays we spend more time tkinlag to people we have never met, than speaking to the ones right across the street. Has technology made things better, I believe yes but I think it is also important to keep things real as much a part of your life.

  • kelsey

    I don’t always get Zach Galifianakis, but I like him in small doses. Doesn’t seem to me like he has a big ego.

  • annie

    This article was terrible. I was there last night and you are making him sound like a huge jerk. Also, it was parasailin’, not parasailing. Huge difference.

  • J. Davis

    His stand up is almost like a poetry reading….very different. I love him and think he is hilarious and creative but I prefer the movies.

  • Pslightly Psycho

    The man is comedy gold. How about Oscar host in 2012??? “Have you seen that show on Lifetime about that woman?” “My brother had ADD. Which is strange because he owns a Ford Focus.” “What exactly did Lou Gehrig’s doctor tell him he was dying of?” Okay: the last one was mine. I’m comedy gold too ya know…

  • P.Doh

    People need to realize he’s a comedian. They make fun of everyone. He’s obviously joking and if you understood zach’s humor, you would know he’s nothing like how he acts on stage.

  • Wicked&Truth

    Ok guys…I’ve always found ZG funny….but the 9/11 crack I dont like….love comedy and dont mind jokes about pretty much anything…..but a few rare instances that are off limits…and thats one…IMHO.

  • Gilliard Hull

    I was at this show. He is mocking ego. But people are bored and must right negative things on message boards. I have seen him live a few times and actually met him after a show and he is quite humble and friendly.

  • nymets71087

    If anyone knows anything about his stand-up shows, he does this all the time to members of the audience. It’s called comedy, not ego. He definitely knew who QOTSA were, it’s just his style of comedy. As for the guy who was offended by the 9/11 comment, grow some balls. I’m from New York and I thought it was funny. People are way too sensitive.

  • Johen

    This guy’s in one well known movie and he calls out Queens of the Stone Age? Who the hell is Zach Galifianakis? And how was this funny?

  • Burns

    Josh Homme doesn’t speak “sheepishly.”

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