Jim Gaffigan

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Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan making a goofy excited face, Jan 2014, NYC.jpg
Gaffigan in January 2014
Birth name James Christopher Gaffigan
Born (1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 48)
Elgin, Illinois
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Education Georgetown University[1]
Years active 1991–present
Genres Deadpan, sarcasm, observational comedy, satire
Spouse Jeannie Noth Gaffigan (2003–present)
Notable works and roles
Website jimgaffigan.com

James Christopher "Jim" Gaffigan (born July 7, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, 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 will star in an upcoming television series based on his life, The Jim Gaffigan Show.

Early life[edit]

Gaffigan was born in Elgin, Illinois, and was raised in Chesterton, Indiana.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


The Jim Gaffigan Show[edit]

The Jim Gaffigan Show is an upcoming American comedy television series on the TV Land network, written and executive produced by Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie Gaffigan. Gaffigan will star as a fictionalized version of himself as a stand-up comedian raising five children in a two-bedroom New York City apartment. An 11-episode first season will debut July 15th.


Gaffigan performing in May 2009

Gaffigan is known for routines or skits relating to being lazy and eating food, especially popular routines regarding Hot Pockets, cake, and bacon. In 2002, Gaffigan was part of a United Service Organization event at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Four years later, on March 14, 2013, Gaffigan was named the "King of Clean" by the Wall Street Journal.[8]

For Easter 2010, Gaffigan traveled to Israel and had two performances. One was at a theater in Tel Aviv and the second was at Israel's only English-speaking comedy club in Jerusalem.[9]

On February 25, 2012, Gaffigan taped a one-hour stand-up special Mr. Universe at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.[10] 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,[11] an organization that provides support to military veterans.[12]

Gaffigan filmed his 2014 comedy special titled Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed at Boston’s Wilbur Theater on January 18, 2014.[13] Obsessed premiered on Comedy Central on April 27 becoming the most watched stand-up comedy special of the year for the network.[14] The accompanying album, also titled Obsessed, debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Billboard Comedy Album charts.[15]


Gaffigan is also recognizable for having performed in several comedic commercials for Sierra Mist alongside fellow comedian Michael Ian Black.[citation needed] 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 Baranksi. The show was cancelled after its first season despite receiving positive reviews.[16] In 2000 - 2001 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.[citation needed]

In 2008, he was in the movie The Love Guru starring Mike Myers.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Gaffigan appeared on Broadway in That Championship Season, which opened in March 2011, opposite Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jason Patric.[17] Gaffigan's performance was praised by ABC News correspondent Sandy Kenyon as the most moving and that he may "steal the show".[18]

Gaffigan starred in the Shia LaBeouf directed short film Howard Cantour.com.[19]

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.[20]


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.[21] The series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2007 in the category of "Outstanding Broadband Program - Comedy".[22]

Gaffigan's humorous quips have earned him over two million followers on Twitter, and he was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the "25 funniest people on Twitter" in 2012.[23][24]

In 2013 Gaffigan's memoir Dad Is Fat was released. The book was on The New York Times Best Seller's list for 3 months debuting at #5.[25][26] 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."[27] The book is a collection of essays dealing with the raising of his children, as well as reminiscences from his own childhood.[28]

Gaffigan signed with Crown Publishing in June 2013 to write a second book of comic essays. The book, Food: A Love Story, which was released in Fall 2014.[29][30][31]

Charity performances[edit]

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.[32]

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.[33]

Gaffigan also performed at the 2013 CNN Heroes event, which celebrates everyday heroes doing extraordinary work around the world.[34]

Media appearances[edit]

Gaffigan participated on the NPR radio quiz program Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in 2013.[35] Gaffigan is also a regular contributor on CBS Sunday Morning.

Commercial appearances[edit]

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.[36] 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”.[37][38]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress[39] Jeannie Noth, with whom he has two daughters, Marre and Katie Louise, and three sons, Jack, Michael, and Patrick.[40] The family of seven live in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City.[41] Gaffigan has stated on stage, and elsewhere, that he is Catholic.[42][43][44]



Selected television appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

On April 26, 2014, Gaffigan received the award for Concert Comedian at the American Comedy Awards for his work.[45][46]

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.

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Gaffigan has been nominated twice.

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2013 Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe Best Comedy Album Nominated
2015 Obsessed Best Comedy Album Nominated[47]


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