Jim Gaffigan on February 20, 2010
|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||Beyond the Pale
That '70s Show
Jim Gaffigan was born on July 7, 1966 in Elgin, Illinois and was raised in Chesterton, Indiana. He attended La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana. He is the youngest of six children and often jokes about growing up in a large family. He attended Purdue University for one year, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He graduated from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in 1988.
He is married to Jeannie Noth, with whom he has two daughters, Marre and Katie Louise, and three sons, Jack, Michael, and Patrick. Gaffigan has stated on stage, and elsewhere, that he is Catholic.
Gaffigan is known for routines or skits relating to being lazy and eating food, especially popular routines regarding Hot Pockets, cake, and bacon. 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. 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.
On February 25, 2012, Gaffigan taped a one-hour stand-up special Mr. Universe at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. 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.
Gaffigan is also recognizable for having performed in several comedic commercials for Sierra Mist alongside fellow comedian Michael Ian Black. 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.
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.
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.
In 2013 Gaffigan's memoir Dad Is Fat was released. The title is 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," he 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.
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- 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 US # 56
- 2012: Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe US # 53
- 2013: The White Bread Tour
- Three Kings (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)
- 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)
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)
- "EXPLORING DAILY LIFE WITH JIM GAFFIGAN, COMEDY’S EVERYMAN Page 1 of 2". UTSanDiego.com. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Comedian, Actor, "Super Troopers", Writer (2012-09-27). "Jim Gaffigan's post "Patrick Joseph Gaffigan was b..." on WhoSay". Whosay.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Boorstein, Michelle. "Is comic Jim Gaffigan the Catholic Church’s newest evangelizer?". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Mark Wedel. "Jim Gaffigan's deadpan humor to heat up Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium". MLive.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Jim Gaffigan". Anytime with Bob Kushell. Season 2. Episode 2. 2009-03-24.
- Brinn, David. "Just for the fun of it | JPost | Israel News". JPost. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Tour Dates". Jim Gaffigan. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Potts, Kimberly (2012-02-15). "Louis C.K. inspires Jim Gaffigan to distribute own special". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". NBC. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Cox, Gaffigan, Noth, Patric & Sutherland to Star in THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON". Broadwayworld.com. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Not My Job: Jim Gaffigan Takes A Quiz On Gwyneth Paltrow (July 26, 2013). NPR archive. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- Roe, Dale (2013-05-15). "Jim Gaffigans Dad Is Fat is packed with dark parental humor". KansasCity.com. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! from NPR
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