James Christopher "Jim" Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice-over and author.
Gaffigan's humor largely revolves around fatherhood, observations, and (most notably) food. He is also regarded as a "clean" comic, using little profanity in his routines. He has had several successful comedy specials, including Mr. Universe and Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed, both of which received Grammy nominations. His memoir, Dad Is Fat, and his most recent book, Food: A Love Story, are both published by Crown Publishers. He co-created and stars in a TV Land television series based on his life, The Jim Gaffigan Show.
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.
Gaffigan is famous for his Hot Pocket routine, which was inspired by a commercial he saw that he mistook for a Saturday Night Live sketch. Also, during his routines, he will sometimes use a high-pitched voice and—in the third-person—deliver negative feedback on his own performance. He calls that voice his "connection with the audience."
In 2004, Gaffigan's stand up material was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. In October 2005, he filmed a live Comedy Central special that aired for the following January, and became the comedy album/DVD Beyond the Pale.
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