'Zach Galifianakis - Live at the Purple Onion'
(Zach Galifianakis / DVD / NR / 2007 / Shout! Factory)
Overview: Zach Galifianakis' stand-up comedy DVD spoofs the classic recorded stand-up performance film format by interjecting road trip footage of Zach and buddy in their red VW bus, and fake interviews with Zach's fake brother, "Seth," between his live stage bits.
DVD Verdict: Slightly bitter, slightly depressed, 'Live at the Purple Onion' was filmed at the famous San Francisco nightclub in 2005. If this is your first introduction to the man, you should know that Zach’s stand-up routine doesn’t actually involve much standing up! In fact he often sits at his piano punctuating jokes with little melodies, frequently immersing himself in the audience. Zach knows how to work the camera and crowd in a natural, unforced way. Running his hands through his unkempt hair and tugging on his mammoth beard, Zach seems to be entertaining himself as much as the audience — which might be the most endearing and engaging aspect of his routine. Punctuated with some hilarious bouts of improvisation, coupled with an equal helping of spontaneous self-deprecating outbursts, the DVD also features interspersed footage from Zach’s personal life - including an interview by Brian Unger (of National Public Radio and The Daily Show) with Zach’s “twin brother”, Seth! Zach’s beardless “twin” Seth has the accent and mannerisms of an oddball country hick who has had little contact with fashion or popular culture — ever! We learn that the brothers’ relationship is tenuous, but that Seth has fond recollections of brief bonding moments with Zach that involve both Funyuns and The Fugees! Zach’s comedy is bizarrely literate and if you can handle that in today's smash and grab comedic society then have at it my good friends. Have at it! This is a Full Screen Presentation and comes with the Special Features of:
The Awkward Slapping Bit
Outtakes From Brian Unger's Interview with Seth Galifianakis