Gaffigan in January 2014
|Birth name||James Christopher Gaffigan|
July 7, 1966 |
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Deadpan, sarcasm, observational comedy, satire|
|Spouse||Jeannie Noth Gaffigan (2003–present)|
|Notable works and roles|
James Christopher "Jim" Gaffigan (born July 7, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice-over and author. His memoir, Dad Is Fat (2013) and his most recent book, Food: A Love Story (2014), are both published by Crown Publishers. He co-created and stars in a television series based on his life, The Jim Gaffigan Show.
Gaffigan was born in Elgin, Illinois, and was raised in Chesterton, Indiana. He is the youngest of six children and often jokes about growing up in a large family. His father was a banker, and encouraged his children to seek careers that promised job security. Gaffigan attended La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, and after graduating, attended Purdue University for one year, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He transferred to Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in Finance.
After graduating, Gaffigan moved to NYC to work in advertising, taking improv classes at night. His comedy career began when a friend bet him to do stand-up. For the first seven years of his career, he tried various styles, ranging from angry comedy to impressions and voices.
In 2002, Gaffigan was part of a United Service Organization event at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. In 2004 Gaffigan's stand up material was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. His 2006 album, Beyond the Pale, consisted primarily of material regarding food and American eating habits. The album was accompanied by an hour-long special on Comedy Central of the same name, which was released on DVD. On this album, the comedian unknowingly predicted a future menu item at Dunkin Donuts the 'glazed donut breakfast sandwich' while commenting on the future of America's eating habits. His 2009 album, King Baby, was also a television special filmed in Austin, Texas, at the end of his "The Sexy Tour". Comedy Central released King Baby on DVD. In a March 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Gaffigan defended his naming of the tour, stating that he thought it would be funny that parents would be unsure about whether to bring their teenage children to the show. Four years later, on March 14, 2013, Gaffigan was named the "King of Clean" by the Wall Street Journal.
On February 25, 2012, Gaffigan taped a one-hour stand-up special—Mr. Universe—at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.; it was nominated for a Grammy. He announced that, based on the business model used by Louis C.K.'s Live at the Beacon Theater, the stand-up would be available online through his website for $5, with 20% of the total proceeds going to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization that provides support to military veterans. In 2012, he was among the top-ten grossing comics in the US according to Pollstar.
Gaffigan filmed his 2014 comedy special titled Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed at Boston’s Wilbur Theater on January 18, 2014. Obsessed premiered on Comedy Central on April 27 becoming the most watched stand-up comedy special of the year for the network. The accompanying album, also titled Obsessed, debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Billboard Comedy Album charts.
Gaffigan has performed stand-up to support charitable causes as well. Gaffigan performed at the 2013 Stand Up for Heroes charity event benefitting the Bob Woodruff Foundation alongside fellow stand-up comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby and Jon Stewart. Gaffigan also performed at the 2013 CNN Heroes event, which celebrates everyday heroes doing extraordinary work around the world. In May 2014, Gaffigan performed at the Make It Right Gala, an organization founded by Brad Pitt, which builds sustainable homes and buildings for communities in need.
Gaffigan has appeared in over 200 TV commercials ranging from Rolling Rock to Saturn and ESPN. His commanding presence earned him the title of ‘Salesman of the Year’ by BusinessWeek in 1999. He also performed in a trio of Sierra Mist commercials for the 2007 Super Bowl as part of the Sierra Mist comedy ensemble “The Mis-Takes”. He appeared in an ad series for Sierra Mist alongside fellow comedian Michael Ian Black. After his first appearance on the The Late Show with David Letterman in 1999, Gaffigan was tapped by the host to develop a sitcom called Welcome to New York in which he also co-starred alongside Christine Baranski. The show was cancelled after its first season despite receiving positive reviews. During the 2000/2001 televison sesaon, he was a cast member of The Ellen Show on CBS, Ellen Degeneres' second sitcom. He appeared in two movies chosen for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival: Super Troopers and 30 Years to Life. He appeared on That '70s Show. He was a regular cast member of the TBS original sitcom My Boys. He left the show at the end of the third season.
In 2009, Gaffigan guest starred as the best friend of Murray Hewitt in one episode of the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords. Later that same year, he appeared in the Sam Mendes-directed dramedy Away We Go and the teen comedy 17 Again. On June 11, 2009, Gaffigan appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. He appeared on Law & Order episodes "Flight" and "Reality Bites", as well as an episode entitled "Smile" on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
He was in an episode of The Daily Show as a man posing as a Daily Show correspondent who knows nothing about the show (he refers to it as "The John Daily Show") and simply wants to be seen with Jon Stewart. This was meant to be a parody of the 2009 White House gatecrash incident.
Gaffigan appeared on Broadway in That Championship Season, which opened in March 2011, opposite Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jason Patric. Gaffigan's performance was praised by ABC News correspondent Sandy Kenyon as the most moving and that he may "steal the show".
In the 2010s, Gaffigan and his wife, along with Peter Tolan, began to develop material for a show based loosely on their own life. CBS set to start shooting a pilot of their show in March 2013, with casting by Marc Hirschfeld, and Mira Sorvino playing his wife; the project was ultimately scrapped. The Jim Gaffigan Show, a sitcom about a couple raising their five kids in a two-bedroom New York apartment, will begin airing in 2015 on TV Land. The show stars Gaffigan as a fictionalized version of himself.
Gaffigan produced a series of animated shorts for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, titled Pale Force, in which the animated Gaffigan and O'Brien are superheroes who fight crime with their extremely pale skin. The series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2007 in the category of "Outstanding Broadband Program - Comedy".
In 2013, Gaffigan released Dad Is Fat, a title derived from the first complete sentence his eldest son wrote on a dry-erase board at the age of four or five. "He showed it to me," Gaffigan recalled in an interview, "and I laughed, and then I put him up for adoption." The book is a collection of essays dealing with the raising of his children, as well as reminiscences from his own childhood. In support of the volume, he appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition, ABC's The View, and MSNBC's Morning Joe, spoke at BEA in New York, embarked on a nine-stop bus tour that ended on Father's Day. It debuted at number five on the The New York Times Best Seller's list, remaining on the list for three months.The book received tepid reviews from critics. Kirkus Reviews said of the book that it's "hardly groundbreaking comedy material, but the book will appeal to Gaffigan's fans." Lou Harry of the Indianapolis Business Journal said that while "no new ground is broken in Jim Gaffigan's book...'Dad is Fat' should be a fun intermezzo in your summer reading pile." Regarding the audiobook, which Gaffigan read, Audiofile said his "performance strikes the right balance between his near-deadpan comedy delivery and the energy needed to keep a beleaguered parent engaged."
He is married to actress Jeannie Noth, with whom he has two daughters, Marre and Katie Louise, and three sons, Jack, Michael, and Patrick. The family of seven lived in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Gaffigan has stated on stage, and elsewhere, that he is Catholic.
- 2001: Luigi's Doghouse
- 2001: Economics II
- 2003: More Moo Moos
- 2004: The Last Supper
- 2004: Doing My Time
- 2006: Beyond the Pale
- 2009: King Baby
- 2012: Mr. Universe
- 2014: Obsessed
- Three Kings (1999)
- Personals (1999)
- Cry Baby Lane (2000)
- Super Troopers (2001)
- Igby Goes Down (2002)
- No Sleep Till Madison (2002)
- 13 Going On 30 (2004)
- The Great New Wonderful (2005)
- Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
- Stephanie Daley (2006)
- The Living Wake (2007)
- What She Knew (2008)
- The Love Guru (2008)
- 17 Again (2009)
- Away We Go (2009)
- The Slammin' Salmon (2009)
- It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
- Going the Distance (2010)
- Salvation Boulevard (2011)
- Love Sick Love (2012)
- Howard Cantour.com (short film) (2013)
- Staten Island Summer (2014)
- The Nobodies (short film) (2014)
- The Jim Gaffigan Show (2015)
Selected television appearances
- Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (voice)
- Random Play (VH1 Comedy Sketch Series) (1997–1999)
- Law & Order (1998 and 2009)
- Third Watch (2000)
- Welcome to New York (2000–2001)
- Sex and the City (2001)
- The Ellen Show (2001–2002)
- Hope & Faith (2003)
- Ed (2003–2004)
- That '70s Show (2003–2004)
- I Am Comic (2010)
- My Boys (2006–2009) 3 seasons
- Pale Force - Recurring animated short on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (voice)
- Law and Order: Criminal Intent (2002 & 2007)
- WordGirl (2007–present; voice of Mr. Dudley)
- Flight of the Conchords (2009)
- The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (2009 & 2013)
- Bored to Death (2010)
- Royal Pains (2011)
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2012)
- Conan (2012)
- Portlandia (2013)
- Comedy Bang! Bang! (2013)
- Talking Dead (2014)
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
- @Midnight (2014)
Awards and nominations
In, 2007 "Pale Force" was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Broadband Program in the Comedy category. Gaffigan served as executive producer, writer, and lead actor.
|Year||Recipient / Nominated work||Award||Result|
|2013||Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe||Best Comedy Album||Nominated|
|2015||Obsessed||Best Comedy Album||Nominated|
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