[image-2]The worlds of comedy and music have always been intertwined -- which is why there's a musical guest on SNL, why comedians so frequently show up in music videos, why Sam Kinison was always surrounded by hair metallers, and probably why Eddie Murphy is still insisting on recording music (no, really, that's a thing). Recently, Zach Galifianakis has really thrown himself into that world head-first, with hilarious consequences. Here are the comedian's finest music-related moments.
Spoofing The National with Ted Danson
We've missed Galifianakis and Ted Danson working together ever since the ridiculously good HBO caper, Bored to Death, got canceled. So it's a joy to see them together again here, relentlessly mocking the fraught relationship between National vocalist Matt Berningner and his brother, Tom -- as originally captured in 2013's Mistaken For Strangers documentary. The cherry on top here is that Matt and Tom are in the spoof too, keeping straight faces as they coach Danson and Galifianakis in the task of turning the doc into a play.
Best bits: That strategically placed clothes rack; Galifianakis' off-Broadway Shrek moment.
The Guest Appearance in Fiona Apple's "Not About Love" Video
This thing was released in 2006, more than three years before Zach Galifianakis became a household name with The Hangover. Here, he mimes along to "Not About Love," while Apple watches on sullenly (and trying not to laugh), frolics in the ocean and repeatedly pushes Apple's face away from his.
Best bit: The look on Zach's face after he mimes the line "Conversation once colored by esteem, became dialogue as a diagram of a play for blood."
His Music Video for Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing" was a dark and brooding exploration of what happens when success lands on someone who's never had money before; an examination of excess and losing sight of yourself. So there is something extraordinarily funny about Zach Galifianakis miming along to it while farming. This video is so absurd, so brilliantly simple and so memorable, that once you've seen it, it's pretty much all you can think about whenever you hear the song.
The "Between Two Ferns" episode with Justin Bieber
It starts with Galifianakis pissily telling Bieber that he's "just never interviewed a seven-year-old before" and slides into belittling the singer about his infamous Anne Frank gaffe, before spiraling into an insane moment where Galifianakis takes off his belt, yells "I don't think your mom would really mind if a stranger whipped her son," and proceeds to beat Bieber. In its entirety, this is probably the most awkward thing you'll see all week.
Best bit: Galifianakis asking Bieber, "When you're in the recording studio, do you ever think 'Hey, what if I don't make something shitty?' Does that pop into your mind during the process?"
"Come On and Get It (Up In 'Dem Guts)"
Like everything Zach Galifianakis does, his own single was a vastly uncomfortable experiment in which he took the common themes of chart-friendly music -- going to the club and trying to get some -- to much creepier levels. Released a few months after "Not About Love," Fiona Apple returns the favor and guests here, stealing most of the best lines.
Best bit: "If you show me your fanny pack, I'll show you my fanny."