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Galifianakis shaves his beard while hosting `SNL'

The Associated Press, Monday, March 8, 2010, 11:05am (PST)

NEW YORK (AP) -- While hosting "Saturday Night Live," Zach Galifianakis (gal-ih-fih-NAH'-kih s) covertly shaved his trademark beard.

The 40-year-old comedian slipped backstage while the show's musical guest, Vampire Weekend, performed. When Galifianakis emerged for the next sketch, his shaggy, reddish beard was gone, with a mustache in its place.

When Galifianakis returned to wave farewell at the end of the show, he'd changed yet again, donning a fake beard much like his original.

NBC posted a Web-only video on NBC.com and Hulu.com of Galifianakis rushing backstage and quickly shaving.

Galifianakis, who co-starred in "The Hangover," has often made his beard a focal point in his standup and has rarely shaved it. In a 2008 interview, he joked: "I would shave, but then I look like Jodi Foster."

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