"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
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.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When talking about a Cinnabon the size of a bean bag chair.
Jim: Should I sit in it or eat it? Hey I can sit in it and eat it!
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: See the quote for A Birthday, Not a Break above.
- But Not Too White: A major portion of Jim's act is making fun of his own extremely pale skin.
- Censorship by Spelling: "I always feel dumb. It doesn't help that my wife spells everything in front of the kids."
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defictionalization: Jim 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
- Food Porn: He comments on how Food Network's like porn when you're hungry.
"What are you watching?"
"Uhh, uhh, Food Network."
"Well, why are your pants off?"
"...I like food...a lot."
- He takes it one step further when he points out that packaging is like clothing for food.
(seductively) "What you wearing there, cookies?"
- Glasses Pull: Jim has a routine about generals in '50s B-Movies dramatically removing glasses and saying "My God... I can't see a thing without these. That's probably why I wear them..."
- Gratuitous Spanish
- Guilty Pleasure: Refers to it as everyone having their own equivalent of McDonald's.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Here's a blooper reel from Gaffigan's Saturn commercials.
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Jim loves cake.
- Lampshade Hanging: All. The. Time.
Jim: I went camping recently...for this next joke...
- Memetic Molester: Invoked Trope. Plays this angle up and has the hypothetical audience member react this way.
- In "King Baby" the hypothetical audience member says that the CD cover◊ for "Beyond the Pale" makes him look like a pedophile.
- Metaphorgotten: He manages one that still somehow makes perfect sense, when describing his experience of having a fourth kid (and now a fifth): "Imagine you're drowning, and someone hands you a baby."
- One-Hit Wonder: He feels he still has to perform his popular Hot Pockets bit to satisfy his fans.
- Overly-Long Gag: Lampshaded several times, as in this bit:
Hypothetical Audience Member:
to be the end of the bacon jokes. Jim proceeds to tell more bacon jokes Hypothetical Audience Member:
If he tells another cake joke, I'm gonna kill 'im. Jim:
Enough about cake. Pie!
- We can't forget his Hot Pocket routine. At some point, the joke becomes the fact that he's still talking about Hot Pockets.
- Playing Against Type: He has been in at least 3 different episodes of shows in the Law & Order franchise, in one instance playing a convicted pedophile.
- Real Men Love Jesus
- Running Gag: In "Mr. Universe":
Jim: What room are you staying in?
- Played with during one instance, where he was playing a senior citizen:
Jim: What room am I staying in?
- 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?'."
- Screw Yourself: In one joke Jim says that he couldn't go through childbirth because he doesn't have a uterus but also because he couldn't have sex with a man. Unless it looked like him. "Some Jim on Jim action" indeed.
- 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.