Zach Galifianakis Plays Santa Claus, Discusses Cost-Effective Business Practices

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It turns out the beard and gut aren’t just for show—comedian Zach Galifianakis is actually Santa Claus.

Stopping by IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts a week before Christmas, Galifianakis came on the show to spill some details on the inner workings of the Santa biz.

He also brought a completely new meaning to the already creepy song lyrics “He sees you when you’re sleeping; He knows when you’re awake…” Galifianakis revealed that, as Santa, he partakes in a sort of pre-screening of children year-round, by watching children from the moment they’re conceived. According to Santa, it works out as an “early detection” plan to see how kids will turn out.