Short-Lived Shows: Late World with Zach
Zach Galifianakis is a funny guy. He often plays a piano during his performances, not so much because it's always crucial to the act, but because it provides a nice complement the random thoughts he spews out as he plays. Before his roles on current TV shows like Comedians of Comedy and the recently departed Tru Calling, Zach turned his dry, oddball observations into a late night chat fest for VH-1. I would say that Late World with Zach was taken off the air because it was ahead of its time, but I'm not so sure that's true. Like Zach's comedy, the show existed in its own little world. You were either part of Zach's universe, or you were just confused by it. Unfortunately the majority of people didn't seem to get it.
From the beginning the show didn't take itself seriously. While all the basic elements of a late night talk show were in place, Zach would throw little twists in, such as interviewing Ice Cube in the back of a car, or turning an interview with Janeane Garofalo into a lengthy discussion about "camel toe." The final episode may have been the best, however, as Zach and crew talk about VH-1 not really liking the show very much, and Zach himself more or less ignoring his guests (because it's not like it matters). The episode ended with Zach climbing into a dumpster and being hauled away with the rest of the refuse. The show aired in 2002 and ran for eleven episodes.