Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is a three-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. 2018 is Gaffigan’s biggest year to date with an astonishing 13 films slated to release or start production, hitting almost every genre including comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy and animated features. Additionally, he released his sixth stand up special in July while also continuing his international arena and theater tour.
In a groundbreaking move, Gaffigan’s sixth one-hour standup special, Noble Ape, released in theaters and on over 20 major platforms worldwide on this summer, earning rave reviews and a rare 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Though an untraditional distribution strategy, Noble Ape opened as the number one standup comedy, paving the way for to reach wider and more diverse audiences.
Releasing the same day as Noble Ape, Gaffigan voiced the role of Abraham Van Helsing in Sony Picture Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3, opposite Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, and Kathryn Hahn. The film opened number one at the box office and has grossed over $517 million to date. In a returning role, Gaffigan was also seen in Fox Searchlight’s Super Troopers 2, which opened in April as the sequel to the cult classic, Super Troopers. The film was a huge opening weekend success for Fox and comedy sequels in general, doubling box office estimates.

Gaffigan recently took the first of many upcoming dramatic turns in Entertainment Studio’s, Chappaquiddick, opposite Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern and Kate Mara. The film follows the story revolving around Senator Ted Kennedy (Clarke) and the tragic car accident that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara) in 1969. Gaffigan plays District Attorney Paul Markham, who was on the island of Chappaquiddick during the accident and helped Kennedy with the cover up. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year and released earlier this year, with a “Certified Fresh,” rating on 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Gaffigan was recently seen in IFC Films/Showtime’s, Chuck, opposite Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman and Elisabeth Moss. The sports drama follows the true story of boxing champ Chuck Wepner (Schreiber) who in 1975 went 15 rounds in the heavyweight world championship against Muhammad Ali. Gaffigan portrays John Stoehr, the ever-loyal best friend of Wepner.
In his first leading role in a dramatic feature film, Gaffigan will soon be seen in Storyland Pictures thriller, American Dreamer, where he stars as a down on his luck Uber driver who makes some extra money by chauffeuring a low level drug dealer around town. The film recently premiered to a sold out audience at the Los Angeles Film Festival, with The Hollywood Reporter calling Gaffigan’s performance dark performance, “dramatically satisfying.”
Opening April 2019 after premiering at SXSW, Jim takes the lead in Cold Iron Pictures and Imagine Entertainment’s comedy, You Can Choose Your Family. In the film he plays a seemingly normal father of a loving family whose home life is hilariously turned upside down when his 17-year-old son discovers that his dad has a second family. The film is directed by Miranda Bailey and produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood, and Amanda Marshall. The Austin American –Statesman called the film, “An absolute emotional joy that will have you crying one moment and laughing the next.”
Gaffigan is currently in production on Amazon Studio’s feature Troupe Zero opposite Allison Janney, Mike Epps and Viola Davis. Details of the plot are currently under wraps, but the screenplay comes from Beasts of the Southern Wild writer and Oscar nominee, Lucy Alibar. He is also currently in production on Entertainment One’s crime thriller, Gut Instinct, opposite Josh Hartnett. Gaffigan also recently wrapped production on the dramatic thriller, Them That Follow, joining Walton Goggins and Olivia Coleman in a screenplay about a small community in Appalachia where believers handle poisonous snaked to prove their righteousness before god. Gaffigan plays Zeke, the pious, steadfast husband of the community matriarch.

Gaffigan will also co-star with Megan Fox in the HIPZEE produced fantasy Shadow Girl, which follows a young woman who has faded to the point of becoming invisible. Gaffigan’s other upcoming films include the Bron Studios comedy, Drunk Parent’s (Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek) and the leading role as the voice of “Peng” in Original Force Animation’s Duck Duck Goose (Zendaya, Carl Reiner). He will also be heard in Entertainment One’s upcoming animated feature, Henchmen, opposite James Marsden, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, and Nathan Fillion.
Last year, Gaffigan premiered his fifth one-hour stand up special, Cinco, on Netflix who also purchased the exclusive rights to Gaffigan’s four other stand-up specials in an unprecedented deal. The album version of Cinco, Gaffigan’s fifth album, became available in June and during that week Gaffigan had an staggering 6 albums in the top 10 comedy albums list on iTunes. Cinco garnered impressive reviews, with A.V. Club calling Jim, “One of our most intelligent observational humorists” and his third Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album.
In 2016 Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, ended their critically acclaimed semi-fictitious television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, after two seasons on TV Land. Jim and Jeannie who both also served as executive producers and showrunners wrote the series, lauded by The Los Angeles Times as “Fun and Funny,” and People Magazine as “One of Summer TV’s bright spots,”. The single-camera comedy co-starred Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black, and Adam Goldberg and revolved around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.
In December of 2014, Gaffigan became one of only ten comics in history to sell out Madison Square Garden and a few months prior, Gaffigan had the honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. In 2016, Forbes named Jim as one of the world’s highest grossing comedians. Additionally, streaming site Pandora recently announced that Jim is the most popular comic among its users with over 700 million spins to date.
In 2013, Jim’s first book, Dad Is Fat, was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on The New York Times Bestseller’s List and remained on the list for 17 weeks. His second book, Food: A Love Story, was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at #3 on The New York Times Bestseller’s List. Since 2016 Jim has provided regular televised humor commentaries for CBS Sunday Morning. He and the show received a Daytime Emmy in 2016.
In addition to his own television show, widely popular stand-up comedy and best-selling books, Jim has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas, ranging from Portlandia and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to HBO's cult hits Flight of the Concords and Bored to Death to dramatic roles in all three versions of Law & Order. On the silver screen, his credits include Three Kings, Hot Pursuit, Away We Go, and 17 Again amongst many others. Gaffigan costarred Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder in Magnolia Picture’s 2015 drama, Experimenter.
Gaffigan is currently on his new Quality Time international arena and theater comedy tour, with dates in Turkey, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
Gaffigan currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Jeannie, and their five children.

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