Most people spend their lifetime mastering one career. Jim Gaffigan, though, has already found success in three different arenas during his time in the spotlight. The first is his celebrated stand-up career, which has been going strong for decades. Next, he made the logical jump into acting, and showed that he could take on a variety of roles with ease. Finally, he is also a writer, working on everything from television to theater.
For Gaffigan’s stand-up act, he seems to have two favorite subjects: his complexion and food. For the former, Gaffigan routinely jokes about his paleness and his album is even called Beyond the Pale. For his bits on food, Gaffigan likes to talk about the less healthy options out there, like one of his most famous bits about bacon. He also talks about Hot Pockets, Cinnabon, cheese and many other fat-filled items. His everyman appeal is what has helped Jim Gaffigan tickets to become top sellers, and his fan base is only growing every year.
In the last few years, Gaffigan has been making his mark on the film scene. One of his latest film projects is the recently-released It’s Kind of a Funny Story. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a story about a high school student who decides to check himself into a mental hospital for depression. Gaffigan plays the student’s father, opposite Lauren Graham, who plays Gaffigan’s wife. The film is already gaining critical acclaim and will be another gold star on Gaffigan’s record. The film also stars Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts.
Gaffigan is also a tried-and-true television star. His longest-running gig came as part of the television series My Boys, but he has since moved on from the series. He has also appeared on television shows like Law & Order, The Flight of the Conchords, That ’70s Show and Ed.
Just because he has a busy schedule on many fronts doesn’t mean that Jim Gaffigan doesn’t take time out of his schedule to give back. In the beginning of October, Gaffigan took part in the Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education. It was the third biennial event, and Jon Stewart stood in to host the event. The night benefits both autism education and family service programs around the country. Along with Gaffigan, other celebrities to take part include Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Tom Brokaw, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman and many more.
Gaffigan could actually be called a quadruple threat because he is also a devoted family man. He is married to actress Jeannie Noth Gaffigan, and the pair has three children together. Their relationship isn’t just personal, because Jim and Jeannie actually write together for Gaffigan’s stand-up act. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, he said of their relationship, “I know that’s odd, because stand-up is a solitary thing. But she just understands my comedic point of view. She’s very funny, even if it’s just coming up with a Twitter blurb. And the fact she’s the most desirable woman on the planet to me is this incredible benefit.”
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