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Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on “SNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him.

Zach Galifianakis on Tina Fey during his very short SNL career: ‘God bless her’

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Zach Galifianakis told a heartwarming story about Tina Fey and his very brief stint at SNL in a recent interview.

On “The Off Camera Show with Sam Jones,” Galifianakis revealed that while he did get a shot at being a writer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” during the same time as some of the show’s greats, like Upper Darby-native Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph (the two got hired on the same day), it didn’t last very long.

“I got there, and I was like, ‘I cannot believe I am going to be on the show,'” he told Jones in an interview from September. “‘Saturday Night Live’ was a big deal for me.”

Galifianakis had auditioned for the show a couple times and thought he was being hired as a cast member. … Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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