Gaffigan advances his art in new stand-up special
In Jim Gaffigan’s
new Comedy Central stand-up special, debuting January 29, he further
defines himself as a key color in the comedy palette, if one were to
think of different types of stand-ups that way.
cultivated an odd, surreal persona, commenting in a whisper on his own
jokes, selecting the 7-Eleven microwave staple Hot Pockets as a
trademark bit, a root from which all his other material grows.
Like Hot Pockets,
Gaffigan’s targets are things no one would ever peg as fodder for comic
gold -- cake, bathrobes, Christmas trees, fish, comparing steak and
bologna -- a sort of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy grab bag of items.
Yet with these
unlikely subjects, Gaffigan weaves monologues that capture absurdity in
expertly comic fashion. “How come wearing a bathrobe outside makes you
look like you just escaped from the loony bin?” he asks. “‘I’m just
getting the paper,’” Gaffigan voices as the answer to his question.
“Before the monsters do, right?” he says, as his punch line.
doesn’t really work outside this self-imposed style, what he does is