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‘SNL’ Deleted Scenes: Zach Galifianakis Goes Retro for Bill Hader’s ‘Kanish’

SNL Zach Galifianakis Kanish Unaired

As expected, this past weekend’s all-new ‘SNL‘ featuring ‘The Hangover Part III‘s Zach Galifianakis as host and musical guest Of Monsters and Men offered up a few solid sketches, but varied across the board for the bearded funnyman’s third turn. Things could have gotten even stranger however, as a new un-aired sketch teams Galifianakis with Bill Hader for a retro detective comedy, but did this one deserve to make the cut?

For as much as we’re looking forward to ‘SNL’ vet Kristen Wiig and five-time Ben Affleck‘s upcoming hosting gigs, we still enjoyed ‘The Hangover‘s Zach Galifianakis’ third turn on the Studio 8H stage. The surprise cameos dominated media attention, but Galifianakis put forth a solid effort even in the mediocre sketches.

Case and point, Hulu has revealed one of the un-aired sketches of the night, featuring Galifianakis as CBS detective ‘Kanish,’ with Bill Hader acting as Judd Hirsch, in a bizarre sketch the examines the show’s failure via unusual freeze-frames. Mileage will vary for the sketch itself, but Hader had apparently tried to get the sketch produced for some time. Via Splitsider:

There’s another sketch called ‘Knish’ that we did with Steve Buscemi. A cop show called ‘Knish.’ And that was inspired by something that Paul Rudd’s son said to me. Where he said ‘open book knish.’ He just said this term ‘open book knish’ and I laughed really hard. So we wrote a 70s cop show, and I played Judd Hirsch. And I’d say ‘Greetings and salutations Knish…’ And John Mulaney and I wrote it and it made us laugh. It was by the creators of the Freddie Prinze Jr., Charles Durning show ‘Taco and Fat Ass.’ [laughs] ‘It’s Knish… in color.’ And it was great.

You can judge for yourself whether ‘Kanish’ should have made it to air in the sketch below, and hit the comments with your thoughts on Zach Galifianakis’ hosting turn this weekend!

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