"I look this way because my father was from Sweden and my mother was Elton John."
An American comedian who appeared in various commercials and films before rising to national popularity in the late 2000's. Jim Gaffigan released his first album, Luigi's Doghouse, in 2001. King Baby, his seventh album (released in 2009), spawned a popular Comedy Central special.Gaffigan's routines commonly focus on aspects of everyday life, the most prominent of which are eating and being lazy. Gaffigan also includes frequent high-pitched asides, meant to represent a hypothetical, easily-offended audience member. (Rumor has it that these are based on his sister-in-law's reactions.)
And a Diet Coke: When Jim is talking about KFC serving their chicken in buckets and compares it to how farm animals are fed with buckets.
Jim: (Imitating a fast food patron) I'll have a bucket of chicken, a silo of Pepsi, and a trough of pig slop... make the pig slop diet.
Big Eater: As stated above, he often references his love for food. His album Beyond the Pale consists almost entirely of food-related jokes.
Hypothetical Audience Member: It always comes back to food with him.
A Birthday, Not a Break: Jim Gaffigan has a routine where he says how there's so much pressure in our culture to have a good time on our birthday, so that we whine when we aren't given a break on that day.
Content Warnings: He feels that Hot Pockets should come with a warning label that states "Warning: You just bought Hot Pockets! Hope you're drunk or heading home to a trailer! You hillbilly, enjoy the next NASCAR event!"
Hypothetical Audience Member: Hey, I like NASCAR! He's a jerk.
Defictionalization: Gaffigan once made a joke about how there will one day be a bacon hamburger with two doughnuts instead of buns, and that someone in the audience will probably think it's a brilliant idea and make one. Meet the Luther Burger
Rule of Three: During his camping bit in "King Baby", it takes three attempts to convince Jim to go camping:
Jim: (as co-worker) "Hey, how'd you like to burn a couple vacation days sleeping on the ground?" Uh, no. "What if I told you you get to crap standing up?" I still wouldn't want to go. "You'll wake up freezing covered in a rash." All right, I'll go.
Played with during one instance, where he was playing a senior citizen:
Jim: What room am I staying in?
In "Beyond the Pale": he gets into a long talk about different kinds of Hot Pockets, always stopping to sing the jingle.
Jim: (singing in falsetto) Hot Pockets.
Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Jim has a bit where he points out that life is easier when you're attractive. "If a stranger smiles at you and they're attractive, you think 'Oh, they're nice'. But if an ugly person smiles at you, you think 'What do they want?'."
Self-Deprecation: Constantly makes fun of himself, particular his pale skin, the fact he's out of shape, and that he enjoys eating unhealthy.
Frequently pokes fun at Christian traditions and beliefs, despite being a practicing Catholic.
Plus of course all the Hot Pockets junk-food jokes, then goes on about his love of bacon. Might double as Hypocritical Humor.
Also his frequenting of McDonald's. "I love the awkward silence that always follows that statement."
His "Hypothetical Audience Member" bit seems to exist as this, which he mostly uses to mock his act.
Shockingly Expensive Bill: At the beginning of the King Baby special, he speculates how the Hypothetical Audience Members would react if he spent the entire show making the same high-pitched groan he starts every show off with.
Hypothetical Audience Member:That was the worst show I've ever seen! ...I spent over Forty Dollars... [beat] And after the service fee it was Ninety... [beat] Convenience Charge...? Convenient way to rip us off...
Signs of Disrepair: In "King Baby" he mentions a Waffle House sign with the "W" burned out so it reads "_AFFLE HOUSE" (awful house).
Take That: In his "King Baby" special: Waffle House, Dunkin' Donuts.
In his "Mr. Universe" special: Subway restaurants, hotels, Glee.