Comic Zach Galifianakis lit up what was supposedly an actual joint while he was on the Bill Maher show over the weekend. Zach and the panel were discussing Prop 19, which essentially legalizes marijuana in California and is up for vote tomorrow. To make his pro Prop-19 point, Zach pulled a joint out of his jacket and fired it up. Considering that they were in California, I’m sure he was violating all sorts of smoking bans. Smoke offends me in a way that drug use does not. I would vote “yes” on this measure if I was a resident of California, having skimmed the details. As long as people aren’t driving and aren’t in a closed public place while they’re smoking I have no problem with it. I don’t see how so many prescription drugs are legal but marijuana is not. (Outside of California.) Here’s E! Online’s coverage:
Love ’em or leave ’em, Zach (and host Bill Maher) are longtime proponents of weed. So what better time and place to light up a joint than during the Real Time round table discussing this week’s vote in California to decriminalize the drug.
“It’s a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon,” The Hangover star mused of the legalization of pot before pulling the marijuana out of his sport coat and puffing away. “Because I think that maybe people still see it as taboo.”
The risky stunt was met with lots of laughs from the panel, but surprisingly, the biggest and most amused response came from Conservative panel guest Margaret Hoover. The reporter actually grabbed the blunt from the funnyman, sniffed it for herself, checking that it was the real deal, then passed it back across the table, all the while laughing hysterically.
Californians will have to wait until Tuesday’s election to see in Galifianakis’ Proposition 19 ploy was successful—or not, depending on which side of the debate you fall on.
[From E! Online]
I like Zach Galifinakis while he’s playing a character, but I tried to watch one of his standup routines on Netflix on demand and found that his humor fell completely flat for me. He just wasn’t funny and seemed kind of dull to me. Maybe you need to be high to really get the guy. As an actor I like him, though. Much of that is due to the sheer number of times I’ve watched G Force. (I have a six year old!)
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