Yes, Virginia, that was Zach Galifianakis appearing alongside his Baskets co-stars Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and showrunner Jonathan Krisel at Deadline’s Contenders Emmys event Sunday afternoon. Just don’t tell his family.
“Can’t we pretend you didn’t see me? I have family in town, and I am trying to hide from them,” laughed the comedian.
Fans of Galifianakis will recognize that it’s this droll and cheeky attitude for which the actor/standup comedian is now famous. When he and Krisel created the characters of twin brothers Chip and Dale Baskets, their caustic natures were no accident.
“I don’t know why everyone on TV has to be so goddamn likeable,” said Galifianakis.
Much like the show, it’s that kind of dark humor that you get it or you don’t – like the sheer comedic genius of Anderson playing Galifianakis’ mom. The critics and Emmy voters certainly get it. Anderson’s role as family matriarch Christine Baskets snagged him an Emmy statuette as well as a Critics’ Choice Award.
“I am not a very good actor,” Anderson deadpanned. “All the nuances and the patter is definitely my mom. I am a much better animated actor.”
The FX hit just wrapped its third season, and the cast remained extremely tight-lipped about season 4, offering no spoilers or any hints about a pending Ken and Christine wedding.
“Not to make this political, but to quote our great President, ‘we’ll see what happens,” said Galifianakis. “He seems to say that about everything, doesn’t he? ‘North Korea? Yeah, we’ll see what happens.’ ”
They wouldn’t even tell us why Martha has had a green cast of her arm for three seasons.
“I have no idea why it’s there,” said Kelly. “I don’t think it’s ever going to come off either.”