Challenges what a stand-up special can be while also being a hilarious stand-up special.
Live at the Purple Onion is a DVD by American stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis directed by Michael Blieden. The show was recorded at the San Francisco club The Purple Onion in June 2005. In addition to Zach's routine, which features Zach's trademark dry humor, a large portion of which is accompanied by a light piano piece played by Zach as bed music. It ends with Zach tearing off pages of a large pad of paper which contain prewritten, largely self deprecating jokes, while the Pacific Boychoir sings Greatest Love of All. The DVD contains two separate sections which are cut to throughout the routine, often at times where the content of the routine may have to do with the content of the other portions.
One of the sections is an unscripted roadtrip to The Purple Onion in a Volkswagen bus with Zach and his friend Joe Wagner. The banter and happenings that occur seem to provide insights to where Zach gets some of his comedy. The bus ends up breaking down just short of their goal so they...