Jim Gaffigan Keeps The Laughs Going In His New Comedy Series

Jim Gaffigan stars on the new comedy series, ‘The Jim Gaffigan Show.' he plays a comic named Jim Gaffigan, and like the real Jim Gaffigan, he's got a wife named Jeannie and five kids.

Fun facts about Jim Gaffigan (Source: Wikipedia)

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. 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. 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. Four years later, on March 14, 2013, Gaffigan was named the "King of Clean" by the Wall Street Journal.

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.

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, an organization that provides support to military veterans.

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

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

Gaffigan is also recognizable for having performed in several comedic commercials for Sierra Mist alongside fellow comedian Michael Ian Black. After his first appearance on the The Late Show with David Lettermanin 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. 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.

In 2008, he was in the movie The Love Guru starring Mike Myers.

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.

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

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

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.

‘The Jim Gaffigan Show' premieres Wednesday, July 15th on TV Land.

Check out Jim Gaffigan's official website.

Follow Jim Gaffigan on Twitter: @JimGaffigan

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