I like Jim Gaffigan, based on his appearances on sitcoms like the short-lived Welcome to New York (which he starred in as an Indiana weatherman who moves to the big city, with plenty of culture clash following) and My Boys. He seems like a nice Midwesterner, a normal guy who happens to be funny. His bio uses the word “approachable”, which is a perfect choice.
His new standup special, “King Baby”, was filmed in Austin, the hip part of Texas, in 2008. In it, he makes fun of himself and talks about bowling, laziness, camping, bacon, recycling, ketchup, regional food, and the Bible. He shares recognizable, gentle observations without being offensive or gross. He’s anti-edgy, which I find more humorous than someone relying on shock value. I’m kind of surprised he’s doing so well, given that, but he’s darn funny.
Extra features on the DVD include:
- Three episodes of Pale Force, the webcartoon done with Conan O’Brien
- Four episodes of Our Massive Planet, a video podcast with Gaffigan and Jordan Rubin talking over nature footage
- Two interviews, one British (that feels like a put-on), one from XM/Sirius
- Filler footage from an Atlanta meet-and-greet
- Promotional snippets that ran on Comedy Central. (A lot of these were also used in the “British interview” above.) These clips were used as bumpers on the channel, leading into and out of ad breaks and pushing his sponsored tours.
The DVD is available March 31 or the special can be seen on Comedy Central beginning Sunday, March 29. (A complimentary copy for this review was provided by the studio.)