An Examination of Whether Zach Galifianakis Smoked Pot on Live TV


California’s Prop 19 — which would allow people over 21 years old to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and allow local governments to regulate and tax its sale — is headed for defeat, if the latest poll showing Californians opposing it by a 49-42 margin is accurate. However, proponents of Prop 19 believe that the poll results cold be skewed, as some people are probably reluctant to admit their support to pollsters. Zach Galifianakis knows no such timidity. During a discussion of Prop 19 on Friday’s Real Time With Bill Maher, he lit up and smoked a joint, to the shock and delight of the audience and Maher himself. But how do we know it was actually weed? Let’s take a look at the evidence.

Zach Galifianakis is a comedian, so he might have been messing with us: -10
Zach Galifianakis is a comedian, so he probably smokes a lot of pot: +10
He also has a beard: +3
Conservative pundit (and great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover) Margaret Hoover smells the joint and says it’s “the real thing”: +10
Margaret Hoover later reiterates in a tweet that it “sure smelled like the real thing”: +3 (for consistency)
Margaret Hoover may very well have no idea what marijuana smells like: -5
Bill Maher knows what marijuana smells like, and his reaction (“Oh God … uh … “) seems to be that of a TV host whose guest is actually smoking marijuana: +10
Bill Maher somehow resisted the urge to take a hit: -5

Final tally: +16. It was real.