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Zach Galifianakis smokes a joint on Bill Maher's show (Video)

Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Update: November 2, 2010, 9:50 a.m.

Bill Maher went on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show and said Zach Galifianakis did not smoke pot on his show. "Zach's crazy, but he's not that crazy," Maher said. He told Blitzer he thought it was cloves. Despite Maher's protestations, I'm still pretty certain Galifianakis lit a marijuana joint up on the show. The reactions seem just a little too real. And cloves smell nothing like marijuana. But so be it, Maher.

November 1, 2010, 11 a.m.

As polls show a majority opposing the California measure to legalize marijuana, proponents have been stepping up the call to show favor for Prop 19. Taking to national television, actor Zach Galifianakis staged a rather dramatic show of support by lighting up a marijuana joint while debating the proposition on "Real Time With Bill Maher."

The audience broke into cheers and applause and the panelists broke into stunned laughter, declaring, "It's real," and "He went there."

Galifianakis made the smoky point presumably to break the "taboo" of marijuana he spoke about earlier on the show, saying that few people stand up in support of the pot legislation because it's seen as some nefarious thing, but that it's really no big deal.

The comedian is best known for performing as a schlubby, dazed sidekick. Does he help the Prop 19 debate or hurt it?

Here's the short version:

And here's the discussion preceding Galifianakis lighting up:

By Melissa Bell  | November 1, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
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Politicians are a lagging indicator. Per the latest polls, old people support prohibition by the widest margin and they'll all be dead soon. Legalization is inevitable.

Posted by: millionea81 | November 1, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This behavior is not acceptable. To allow a celebrity to break the law on national television infront of millions of viewers is absurd!The gentlement smoked weed on national tv and doesn't get locked up for it! this is a double standard!! We can't allow non-celebrities citizens to smoke weed or they will be lock up, But when these non-celebrities citizens cut on the TV on and see a celebrity smoking weed freely with no correction, they see how unjust this government is. This could also be considered biased or racist depending on people groups of interest. Bill Maher is also guilty of allowing this law breaking occurance to happen on his show! His show should be pulled from the air to be really honest! This is UNACCEPTABLE PERIOD! its against the law!

Posted by: scott2beach | November 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

This behavior is not acceptable. To allow a celebrity to break the law on national television infront of millions of viewers is absurd!The gentlement smoked weed on national tv and doesn't get locked up for it! this is a double standard!! We can't allow non-celebrities citizens to smoke weed or they will be lock up, But when these non-celebrities citizens cut on the TV on and see a celebrity smoking weed freely with no correction, they see how unjust this government is. This could also be considered biased or racist depending on people groups of interest. Bill Maher is also guilty of allowing this law breaking occurance to happen on his show! His show should be pulled from the air to be really honest! This is UNACCEPTABLE PERIOD! its against the law!

Posted by: scott2beach | November 1, 2010 2:29 PM |
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Dude, English class could have really helped.

I assume Scott was being sarcastic... at least I hope he was. The only time Bill Maher reaches millions of viewers is when he appears on Larry King Live.

I love you sweet leaf!

Posted by: lingering_lead | November 1, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think that Galifianakis should not spark up a joint on TV because it's illegal and it's disrespectful towards the horrendous situation Mexico is in battling the Narco- traffickers. Pot should be legal in the USA, but until it is, don't support the drug violence in Mexico by smoking it.

Posted by: gooner71 | November 1, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

To the knee-jerk-reaction folks who have no logical evidence that smoking a joint is "evil":

1. "Real Time" is filmed in Los Angeles, California.

2. Medicinal marijuana is legal in California.

3. If Zach has a medical card, he did not break the law.

Posted by: emm126 | November 1, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The debate here is about whether or not to repeal this unconstitutional law. Galifianakis' actions constitute a civil disobedience. People really need to consider how much longer unconstitutional laws are to be perpetuated in this country.

Posted by: benjaminburgess | November 1, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

The actions of Galifianakis are consistent with civil disobedience. The real question here is how long we are going to accept unconstutional laws against what a person can put into their bodies.

Posted by: benjaminburgess | November 1, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

That, and this excellently performing website app has caused me to post twice. *sigh*

Posted by: benjaminburgess | November 1, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Breaking the law. Really? That's how you feel about it? Did you speed in your car today? Did you cross the street outside the lines? Did you report you e-bay income? Or is it an issue of ethics? Did you shop at Walmart today? Did you use as little gas or water as possible?

Believe me, Zach, nor I are smoking crappy Mexican pot. I know where mine comes from thank you, and it is Mexican mafia free.

If you want to rant about outrageousness on tv, then change the channel, there's much worse going on. He hurt no one...only your very sensitive feelings.

Posted by: slovespa | November 2, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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