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Calling The Loser Alpha Male… Zach Galifianakis: Bike to the Oscars

by Ted Johnson

In my quest to get an Academy Awards nominee, presenter, or guest to bike to the Oscars, I was pointed in the direction of Zach Galifianakis. He’s the guy who just might do it, I was told.

So what do we know about this Galifianakis guy, other than he’s a cyclist and he invented a new archetype: “the loser alpha male?”Zach Galifianakis

Steven Rea forwarded me this press release from Oscars.com:

Beverly Hills, CA – Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. Ferrell and Galifianakis recently wrapped shooting for “The Campaign.”

Galifianakis, who was recently seen in “The Muppets,” will be making his first Oscar show appearance. His other film credits include “Puss in Boots,” “Due Date,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Up in the Air,” “What Happens in Vegas,” “Into the Wild” and the two “Hangover” films.

And I also found out this:

Galifianakis actually dislikes his audience — both the frat-boy fans who dot Vegas casinos in T-shirts bearing his face and his socially awkward Hangover character’s self-description, “One Man Wolfpack,” and the fellow hipsters who go to see him at alternative-comedy clubs.

Dislikes his audience? That’s refreshing.

I am the Anti-Fan (as foretold in the Book of Adoration). I’ve seen a handful of his films and have enjoyed his work — in the same way that I enjoy the work of a competent bike mechanic.

Thanks. Good job truing my rim. No, I don’t want my photo taken with you or an autographed spoke card.

Galifianakis would have to find other reasons to dislike me. Not to worry; there are plenty.

So will Galifianakis fulfill the prophecy?

Today I called his managing agent and made my pitch. When I was done, I heard a sound like a laugh, or maybe a scoff. But he gave me his e-mail address, and said if I sent him my information he’d “forward it directly to Zach.” Maybe an Anti-Fan has a leg up with this entertainer. Or maybe that’s an agent’s way of saying, “Thanks for the call, but I have real stuff to do.”

I’ll let you know as soon as I know anything — or nothing. I may be watching the show with my mom before I find out whether Galifianakis or anyone else takes up the call.

So that’s your update, cycling stargazers.

I’m still open to leveraging any connections readers may have to Oscar nominees, presenters, or guests.  If you’ve got ‘em, share ‘em. The clock is ticking.

 
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6 Responses to “Calling The Loser Alpha Male… Zach Galifianakis: Bike to the Oscars”

  1. People sometimes call me Zach, maybe I can crash the Oscars as a stand in. CbB has to bail me out though.

  2. Karen says:

    When I was in my 20′s people used to tell me I looked like Jamie Leigh Curtis. Maybe Keith and I can go as celebrity look-alike co-presenters. We’d need to arrive on Pashleys or something along those lines.

  3. JonO says:

    Seeing one of the self righteous Hollywood crowd bike to the Oscars might actually make it bearable to watch.

  4. BluesCat says:

    Celebrity lookalikes! There ya go!

    Some folks say I look like THIS guy, but I bet some commenters here on CbB think I look like this OTHER guy!

  5. Todd Morris says:

    Movement has started. Tweets sent, Facebook group launched. Who knows… Maybe we can get him to do it!

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/307241032672230/

    Tweeted This:

    Please RT, Ask @galifianakisz Zach Galifianakis to ride a bike to the Oscars. @Commute_by_Bike got the ball rolling. http://www.commutebybike.com/2012/02/21/calling-the-loser-alpha-male-zach-galifianakis-bike-to-the-oscars/

    Fingers crossed.

  6. Nair says:

    10.19.10 at 3:23 pmFek’lhrWell, confession time, yIntaghs. The Mighty Feklahr tried to get into Zach Galifianakis rnetcely, seeing how gay Lanky Manweenie was for him. The result? Meh. Don’t get Him wrong, ZG is a legitimately funny guy. Very creative, and can be pretty hilarious at times, but his ability to be FUNNY is not equal to his ability to ENTERTAIN (in His opinion).All in all, the summary is from His perspective is that ZG is a B- comedian that gets a lot of A+ publicity.

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