Feb. 22, 2007
Comedian Jim Gaffigan Prepares to Thrill Chicago
By Randy J. Klodz
You’ve seen him in movies, on Comedy Central, and in recent Sierra Mist commercials
alongside funny people Michael Ian Black and Kathy Griffin (most recently
during the Super Bowl with the beard comb-over), and now, Indiana-bred funnyman
Jim Gaffigan has taken his stand-up show across the nation. His now infamous
Comedy Central-sponsored “Beyond the Pale” tour brings him to Chicago Theatre
for two shows on March 3.
As a stand-up comic, Jim Gaffigan creates laughs through his observations
about everyday life, all the while throwing in character voices to emphasize
his point. Take his bit on the Hot Pockets brand microwavable snack food.
One of Gaffigan’s best known stand-up comedy bits stems from his observations
on Hot Pockets, where after hitting his punch line, he says “Hot Pocket” or
“Caliente Pocket” in a high-pitched voice. Funny stuff indeed, without being
annoying or incessantly repetitive like many other popular comics today.
In the acting world, Gaffigan can be spotted as a cast member on the TBC
comedy series “My Boys” and his work can be found on syndicated series like
“Sex and the City,” “That 70’s Show,” and other reputable projects. And, no,
he is not Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Gaffigan’s ambitious talents also pair him with “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”
host Conan O’Brien in an animated series found on www.nbc.com called “Pale
Chicago Theatre is at 175 N. State St. Tickets for each of these all-ages
shows are listed for $39.75 each Show start times listed include 7 p.m. and
10 p.m. For more info on Jim Gaffigan log on to www.jimgaffigan.com.
||Photo: Michael O'Brien Ent.