PROFILE
Name:
Jim Gaffigan
Birth Date:
June 7, 1966
Birth Place:
Chesterton, Indiana, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Beyond the Pale

Background:

"I'm from Indiana. I know what you're thinking, Indiana...Mafia. But in Indiana it's not like New York where everyone's like, 'We're from New York and we're the best' or 'We're from Texas and we like things big' it's more like 'We're from Indiana and we're gonna move." Jim Gaffigan.

Stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan has showed his cutting edge, clever and quiet style in a dozen episodes of both CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” and NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” before starring in his own hour comedy special on Comedy Central, “Beyond the Pale” (2006). He has created his own sitcom for CBS entitled “Welcome to New York” (2000), co-starred with Ellen DeGeneres on her CBS sitcom “The Ellen Show” (2001-2001), starred in "Pale Force" (2005-2006) and co-starred as Andy Franklin, PJ's (played by Jordana Spiro) brother on TBS acclaimed sitcom "My Boys" (2006).

The 6' comic from Indiana also appeared in such films as Three Kings (1999), Broken Lizard's Super Troopers (2001), Igby Goes Down (2002), 13 Going on 30 (2004), The Great New Wonderful (2005) and the award-winning Stephanie Daley (2006). He will play a co-starring role in the upcoming dark comedy film The Living Wake.


High School’s Biggest Slob

Childhood and Family:

"I actually grew up in Dune Acres, which is a suburb of Chesterton. Chesterton is the sort of place that didn't have a McDonalds until I was in high school. It was a very boring place. We would ride our bikes six miles to go to the Dairy Queen. It was all right. It's a unique place in that northwest Indiana is a convergence of Midwest farm life and the steel mill rust belt. The steel mills of Gary, which is ethnically diverse and Indiana, which is very white bread." Jim Gaffigan.

On July 7, 1966, Jim Gaffigan was born in Chesterton, Indiana. He is the youngest of six siblings of a conservative Midwestern banker family. About his family, he said: "I wouldn't say that I was a troublemaker. I was raised in a family that had a work hard play hard type of attitude.”

And being asked about his high school years, Jim recalled: "I was voted funniest and biggest slob in high school. There were lots of funny people in my high school. I'm the youngest of six kids and my three older brothers were all very funny. They were uniquely funny. My brother Mike was very sarcastic with a very dark sense of humor, my brother Mitch was observational with a universal type of humor, and my brother Joe had a weird sense of humor. In a lot of ways, I'm a combination of all three of them. I stole from all of them to develop my comedic personality. When I started to have some success, the big joke was that I was the third funniest in the family."

On July 26, 2003, Jim married actress/producer Jeannie Noth. They have one daughter and one son together.


Welcome to New York

Career:

"I did a play in high school and loved it. In college, I didn't really do anything. There was a theater department, but I had played football for two years and then concentrated on doing well in classes. There was this talent show that was a big to do at our college called Cabaret. I did that show, had a blast, and didn't see it as an option. I went down to Tampa with this financial litigation-consulting firm. I was miserable, not that good at it, and didn't like it. I studied financing and thought, ‘This is boring and it s**ks, but when I'm paid to do this it'll be a lot better.’ A friend got me a job in advertising and while I was working in advertising in New York, I started taking Improv classes and really loved it. Stand up was a dare. I loved it. I felt that acting was a really complex bureaucratic thing where you had to go around begging for jobs, but, with stand up, you got to do it that night." Jim Gaffigan.

Hailing from a clan of conservative Midwestern bankers, Jim Gaffigan began performing stand up comedy on January 27, 1991 in New York City. In 1999, he eventually landed performances on television, on CBS weeknight comedy talk show "Late Show with David Letterman," and then on NBC late night talk show "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in 2002. Jim’s material apparently impressed Letterman that the renowned TV personality hand-picked him to develop the sitcom "Welcome to New York." In the show that aired on CBS, Jim starred as a weatherman from Indiana who relocated to New York and worked as a meteorologist. Unfortunately, the show that premiered October 11, 2000 was cancelled on January 17, 2001 due to low ratings.

"I have a strange love/hate relationship with Indiana. I remember being ten, looking around, and thinking, ‘I've got to get the f**k out of here. There's been some mistake.’ I'd always been fascinated with international things, different cultures, and different types of people and DC held a lot of those things. I suppose, at the time, New York just seemed unfathomable." Jim Gaffigan.

Following the demise of his show, Jim had a recurring role as Ellen DeGeneres’ senior prom date Rusty on CBS short-lived sitcom “The Ellen Show.” By this time, he has essayed supporting roles in feature films, including in writer-director David O. Russell's action/drama movie set in post-Gulfwar Iraq, Three Kings (1999; starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube), in which he played Wahlberg's cuff soldier, and the comedy film Broken Lizard's Super Troopers (2001), in which he played a highway pullover named Larry Johnson. He also appeared as a hotel manager in writer-director Burr Steers' eccentric dramedy Igby Goes Down (2002; starring Kieran Culkin) and had a small part in Gary Winick's comedy starring Jennifer Garner, 13 Going on 30 (2004).

On the small screen, Jim was seen playing recurring roles on NBC dramedy produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants Incorporated, "Ed," and on Fox’s sitcom "That '70s Show" (both from 2003 to 2004). He also starred in "Pale Force" (2005-2006), a series of short animations that air on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and co-starred as Andy Franklin, PJ's (played by Jordana Spiro) brother on TBS acclaimed sitcom "My Boys." Debuted on November 28, 2006, "My Boys" will have new episodes during the summer of 2007.

Meanwhile, in mid 2005, Jim issued his premier comedy video, an hour long special titled “Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale.” That same year, he acted opposite Tony Shaloub, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Olympia Dukakis in Danny Leiner's drama comedy film The Great New Wonderful (2005), in which he played an accountant undergoing a therapy session with Shalhoub's passive-aggressive psychologist character. Afterward, he was cast as the title role’s father in writer-director Hilary Brougher's award-winning 2006 film, Stephanie Daley. The psychodrama film about teenage pregnancy, starring Amber Tamblyn, Tilda Swinton and Timothy Hutton, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and had its limited release in North America on April 20, 2007.

“It’s called Stephanie Daley. It was at Sundance so I was out there for a couple days and everyone thought I was Philip (Seymour) Hoffman so it was fun. I did a film that’s coming out in May called The Great New Wonderful.” Jim Gaffigan.

As for his upcoming film project, Jim has completed The Living Wake, a dark comedy by Sol Tryon starring Mike O'Connell.

By this time, Jim has released six CDs, Economics II (2001), Luigi's Doghouse (2001), More Moo Moos (2003), The Last Supper (2003), Doing My Time (2004) and Beyond the Pale (2006; aired on Comedy Central on January 29, 2006, and became available for purchase on DVD on February 7, 2006). He also has appeared in Sierra Mist, Rolling Rock and Saturn television commercials.

"The Hot Pocket thing started from how ridiculous I thought those commercials were. It’s obviously a calzone or a Jamaican meat product but they’re selling it like it’s their own food and I just thought that was hysterical. But I really didn’t know that Hot Pockets were something that every single guy eats. The Hot Pockets thing writes itself because they keep coming out with new products like the Sub Pocket and the Breakfast Pocket. They’re not any different from when you’ve had White Castle at three in the morning. You know it’s a bad idea but it tastes good for that two seconds." Jim Gaffigan (on his CD/DVD Beyond the Pale (2006)).

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