"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.)
The Ahnold: In "Mr. Universe" (named after he mentioned Arnie's crowning as Mr. Universe, and the apparent step down to just Governor of California) Jim notes that everybody can do a Schwarzenegger impression, but Schwarzenegger "can't do an impression of somebody who can pronounce 'California'."
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.
Jim: I even like the name "Bacon"! You can't tell me that the success of Kevin Bacon isn't somehow tied to his name. No one's going to a Kevin Hot Dog movie. "Who's in this? Kevin Bacon? Sounds gooood."
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
Not Distracted by the Sexy: In "Obsessed", Jim mentions his experience shopping for a gift for his wife at Victoria's Secret: The secret to a man shopping there and not looking like a pervert is to act bored.
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.
Also in "King Baby", when discussing bowling:
Jim: Some people have their own bowling ball and their own bowling shoes and no friends.
And on the same topic:
Jim: You want the bumpers? We can get rid of the pins. Why don't you take this coloring book and sit in the corner?
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).
The Stoner: The last joke in "Beyond the Pale" was about how Moses must have looked crazy saying that God talked to him as a burning bush:
Moses's friend: ...Sure He did. Uh, Moses, we think maybe you've been "burning some bush".
Jim: "I have a bit of a sweet tooth." Really? Because it's going straight to your ass. I think your ass owes your tooth an explanation.
Take That: In his "King Baby" special: Waffle House, Dunkin' Donuts.
In his "Mr. Universe" special: Subway restaurants, hotels, Glee.
Teeny Weenie: He discusses Extenze in "Mr. Universe", and remarks how they have a foolproof business plan; in order to claim the product doesn't work and get a refund, you must essentially prove that you have a small penis.
Jim: I love how we measure the difficulty of everything versus brain surgery. "Hey, it ain't brain surgery. It ain't brain surgery." What do brain surgeons say? "It ain't like... talking to women." (as offended audience member) "Hey, buddy, I'm a brain surgeon! I didn't appreciate that."
Toilet Humour: In "Mr. Universe", Jim observes that anytime kids are in a hotel pool, you're swimming in a toilet.
Jim: The first time a kid can multitask. "I can play AND pee!!!"
Unexplained Accent: In "King Baby", Jim did a bit about Jesus's apostles and gave one of the apostles a New York accent for some reason. He quickly lampshades this.
He does the same thing in "Mr. Universe", lapsing into a Joisey accent for his Hypothetical Audience Member, then remarking how he's performing in Washington D.C. and the accent makes no sense.
Verbal Backspace: In "King Baby", he confesses that having kids made him realize how little he knows:
Jim: Recently my son pointed to an antenna and said, "Look daddy, it's a stick!" I said, "Actually, that's an antenna." He goes, "What's an antenna?" "...It's a stick."