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James Christopher "Jim" Gaffigan (born July 7, 1966) is an Americanmarker stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for his Comedy Central Presents specials, a recurring role on the show My Boys and several nationwide commercials.

Personal life

Gaffigan was born in Chesterton, Indianamarker, and attended LaPorte La Lumiere High Schoolmarker. He is one of six children and often jokes about growing up in a large family. He is married to Jeannie Noth, with whom he has two daughters, Marre and Katie, and one son, Jack. Gaffigan is a practicing Catholic. He graduated from Georgetown Universitymarker's McDonough School of Business in 1988. He is of Irish descent, although in his Comedy Central Presents special he joked that his dad was Swedish and his mother was Elton John.


Gaffigan's comedy routines often include humorous, high-pitched "asides" representing commentary on his performance from a hypothetical naive and easily offended audience member. His high-pitched "asides" were inspired by his sister, which he stated during an interview with Sirius satellite station Raw Dog.

Gaffigan is also known for various routines or skits relating to being lazy and eating food, especially famous routines regarding Hot Pockets, ketchup, and bacon. 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 also released on DVD. His 2009 album, King Baby, was also a television special filmed in Austin, Texasmarker at the end of his tour, "The Sexy Tour". 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, but that parents were unsure about whether to bring their teenage children to the show.

Gaffigan is also recognizable for having performed in several comedic commercials for Sierra Mist alongside fellow comedian Michael Ian Black. Furthermore, he appeared in two movies chosen for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival: Super Troopers and Thirty Years to Life. Gaffigan is a regular cast member of the TBS original sitcom My Boys.

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 super heroes 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 in 2009, he appeared in the Sam Mendes-directed dramedy Away We Go and the teen comedy 17 Again. On June 11, 2009, Gaffigan made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. He also appeared on the episode of Law & Order "Reality Bites".


Partial filmography

Selected television appearances


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