Galifianakis reads in Wilkes

Article Published: Aug. 19, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Galifianakis reads in Wilkes

Actor and funnyman Zach Galifianakis reads to children at the Wilkes County Public Library Tuesday.

Photo by Jesse Campbell

From the silver screen to the second floor reading room at the Wilkes County Public Library, actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis is always a crowd favorite.

That was especially true during a special children's reading in his native Wilkes County Tuesday morning.

Galifianakis, originally of Wilkesboro, is known for his standout roles in popular films The Hangover, Dinner for Schmucks, It's Kind of a Funny Story, along with many more.

He entertained fans of all ages with short readings from the children's book, "Don't forget the Bacon," before signing autographs for the large audience that had gathered before him. The crowd had grown so large that, at one point, officers from the North Wilkesboro Police Department requested that children under the age of 12 move ahead to the front of the crowd to ensure that their autograph requests were honored - the event was, after all, aimed at the younger generation.

Galifianakis interacted with the youngsters throughout the morning, laughing and joking amidst signing movies, posters, T-shirts and anything else the children could land their hands on.

Holly Carver, a Wilkes County native who now resides in Clemmons, said she brought two of her three children (7-year-old Brant and 9-year-old Lily) to the library Tuesday morning to meet the man who put Wilkes County on the map, as far as the film industry is concerned.

Mark McCall, 11, joined the Carver family to meet the Galifianakis who he described as "really cool" and knows him in the film, G-Force, as Ben.

Garrett Bailey, 14, and Nick Cirillo, 13, both of Wilkesboro, have enjoyed Galifianakis' work in several films.

"I am a very big fan of Zach," Cirillo said. "I thought (the reading) was great for children, and, overall, he is a very nice guy."

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