'Joneses' Star Zach Galifianakis Admits He's Been a Creepy Neighbor Before

Kevin Polowy
Senior Editor

We had just asked the cast of Keeping Up With the Joneses if they’ve ever been suspicious of one of their own neighbors (watch above), when Zach Galifianakis started to tell a story… and then hit the breaks. “When I lived in New York, I wasn’t suspicious of a neighbor, but I kind of lived vi… this sounds creepy, never mind.”

Oh, go on.

For a few moments, his Joneses costars Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot, and Jon Hamm alternated between playfully taunting him (“He doesn’t have a publicist, I’m scared for him,” Fisher said) and/or helping him escape potential self-incrimination (“Let’s move on,” urged Gadot).

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But Galifianakis, who in Joneses plays an Average Suburban Joe who, along with his wife (Fisher), suspect their new neighbors (Hamm and Gadot) are spies, finished the anecdote of his own accord.

“I was living vicariously through this family once, because I could see them through this window,” said the Between Two Ferns comic, who was raised in North Carolina but got his start performing standup at a Times Square hamburger joint. “It was New York, so it was across the narrow street, so I could see. And I really liked their life. I wasn’t suspicious of them, I just wanted to be them.”

Did he ever introduce himself to the family, though? “Oh God, no,” Galifianakis said. “That would’ve been way too creepy.”

Keeping Up With the Joneses opens in theaters Oct. 21.