Zach Galifianakis plays Chip Baskets, who dreams of being a classically trained French clown. But after striking out in Paris, he is forced to move back home to Bakersfield to work as a rodeo clown and deal with his increasingly present, judgmental family.
After failing his last college course by one point at North Carolina State University, Zach Galifianakis moved to New York City. He got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to doing stand-up at night clubs and coffee houses in the city. While working as a bus boy, he got his first acting job on the sitcom Boston Common for NBC. An eclectic career has followed.
Most recently, he wrapped Greg Mottola’s Keeping Up With The Joneses for 20th Century Fox in which he stars alongside Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot as well as Jared Hess’ Masterminds with Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. Prior to that, Galifianakis starred opposite Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Ed Norton in the 2015 Oscar® winner for Best Picture, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñárritu.
Previously on the small screen, Zach starred in the HBO comedy Bored To Death with Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson, which ran for three seasons. He also hosted the critically acclaimed VH1 talk show, Late World With Zach, as well as writing and starring in Dog Bites Man for Comedy Central. Galifianakis continues to host an Emmy®-winning Internet talk show, Between Two Ferns, on which he has interviewed such guests as President Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, Conan O’Brien and Justin Bieber.
Other credits include The Hangover trilogy from the comedy mind of Todd Phillips for Warner Bros. Galifianakis played Alan, the hapless member of the wolfpack in all three films, the first of which became domestically the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Before completing the trilogy, he starred alongside Will Ferrell in the Jay Roach directed comedy for Warner Brothers, The Campaign. Galifianakis reteamed with director Todd Phillips for Due Date, the buddy comedy with Robert Downey Jr. In a departure from comedy, Galifianakis starred in the Focus Feature film It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, where he played a patient in a mental hospital, bringing his warmth and humor to the character of “Bobby.”
His other credits include Dinner For Schmucks opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, the independent feature Youth In Revolt, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced live-action Disney feature G-Force, which debuted at #1 and grossed over $290 million worldwide, as well as a cameo role in Jason Reitman’s Academy Award® nominated film Up In The Air. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed feature Into The Wild from Paramount Vantage and director Sean Penn.