Zach Galifianakis of 'Hangover Part II' Hates to Be Loved - TIME:
"...they're still very much jokes. The best ones might make you feel guilty for laughing. "Have you seen that show on CBS called The Amazing Race? Is that show about white people?" Or "My Southern accent starts to come out a little when I drink. Like, I'll say y'all or n-----s."
He'll deliver those same jokes whether people laugh or not, whether the audience is young or old, black or white. "A good stand-up, you lead the audience," he says. "You don't kowtow to the audience. Sometimes the audience is wrong. I always think the audience is wrong."
In a YouTube video of a stand-up routine, Galifianakis brings a drunken audience member onstage to berate her — as he often does with audience members — then asks security to remove her. "I hate to do that," he says to the crowd. "But if I didn't do that, that woman was going to be date-raped later. I don't want that to happen. I want to be by myself when I do it." It's a gutsy joke. Because he really is furious at the woman and her rude self-indulgence. And because he's admitting to the awfulness of his feelings. And because he says the word rape.
Threatening to rape audience members is not the fast track to starring in big-budget films..."