If you have any idea who comedian Zach Galifianakis is, you are part of the problem. Galifianakis says America has become dumb, apathetic...

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If you have any idea who comedian Zach Galifianakis is, you are part of the problem.

Galifianakis says America has become dumb, apathetic and lazy and cites Tim Allen’s number-one film comedy “Wild Hogs” as an example. “Tim Allen’s jokes never get old,” he mused, “or funny.” Pretty ironic coming from a guy who has appeared in such forgettable, lowbrow comedies as “Corky Romano” and “Bubble Boy.”

But Galifianakis was in friendly territory Saturday night at the Moore Theatre as a young audience howled with laughter throughout his 50-minute set.

The oddball comedian strolled onto the stage wearing a brown corduroy jacket, wrinkled button-up shirt and khakis looking every bit like a homeless history professor. With a greasy mop of red hair and wildly unkempt beard, he joked about telling his stylist to just give him the Amber Alert.

Galifianakis delivered a well-paced set relying on punch lines more than jokes. One of his goals, he said, was to stop saying “That’s so Raven” so much, referring to former “Cosby Show” star Raven-Symone’s sit-com. He followed with, “I wish there was a morning-after pill for Denny’s Moons over My Hammy.”

Early in the set, Galifianakis made his way to the piano, where he played a somber and rather beautiful backing soundtrack to more of his silly asides. He played quite well, pausing briefly to ponder, “I wonder if deaf people have a sign for ‘Talk to the hand?’ “

Making his way from the stage to an aisle, he joked with a few members of the audience. He asked one woman where she worked. When she replied, “Microsoft,” Galifianakis remarked, “Really?” and claimed that that was the name of his private parts.


Saturday night, The Moore Theatre

For his finale, Galifianakis insisted that he has hope for America and that his hope is a song. He then peeled off his pants, jacket and shirt, revealing a red dress with a white lapel.

He began to lip-synch “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie.” While the music played, he pranced around the stage looking like a pudgy, bloated, more grizzled Little Orphan Annie. A giant Post-it note displayed a series of messages; Galifianakis peeled them off one by one, revealing his hopes (for example, that Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter will give birth to a gay baby) and secrets (because of the Patriot Act, the FBI now knows he listens to Shakira).

Likable and quirky, Galifianakis has found a way not only to poke fun at the absurdity of celebrating trashy-pop culture but also to join right in with a smarter and sillier brand all his own.

Jeff Albertson: 206-464-2304 or jalbertson@seattletimes.com