Bearded & Tschorn: Zach Galifianakis takes it off -- live -- on 'Saturday Night'
Apologies, since I may be the last person on the planet to find out about this, since a social engagement kept me from tuning in, but hirsute comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis was not only the host of "Saturday Night Live" last Saturday, but he took the opportunity to shave his trademark beard between sketches on the live broadcast.
The folks at Zap2it expound on the backstage flurry of face scraping, and you can read the details and see an embed of a backstage video here. The only thing I'll add is that apparently the mustache escaped unharmed.
I mention it here not only because Bearded & Tschorn spent a good deal of time chronicling attempts at trying to emulate the look of Galifianakis' character from "The Hangover" for Halloween, but because Galifianakis held true to what I hold to be the cardinal rule of facial-hair husbandry: Whether you're cultivating or clear-cutting, growing a mustache for charity or shaping your beard like a tonsorial topiary for an international competition, it should always be done for a purpose -- and with purpose.
Of course, there could be more than one purpose here -- I recently ran into his "Bored to Death' costar Jason Schwartzman at the Band of Outsiders presentation during New York Fashion Week, and he was sporting a mustache of his own. So perhaps there's a mustache subplot afoot for the second season of the quirky HBO comedy.
Anyone have eyes on Ted Danson? If the third leg of the "Bored" comedy stool is sporting a starter 'stache, I think we'll have our answer.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Zach Galifianakis, in a scene from the HBO comedy "Bored to Death" last April, shaved off his beard between sketches during his March 6 hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live." Credit: Paul Schiraldi.