Jim Gaffigan has enjoyed success as an actor. He was part of the underheralded TBS sitcom My Boys for three seasons. He co-starred in That Championship Season on Broadway and has made some hilarious cameos in HBOs Flight of the Conchords and on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
Its been great being able to do what I enjoy all of these years, Gaffigan said. Thats so whether its a big role or smaller role.
The 46-year-old has a nice touch as a thespian, but hes strongest, perhaps, when he delivers stand-up.
Its hardly a surprise that David Letterman and the aforementioned Stewart are big fans of Gaffigans stage work.
Gaffigan, who will perform Monday at Wichitas Cotillion, showcases his comedic skills when making observations, particularly about his passions, which include food and his family.
His self-deprecating humor typically wins over audiences. Gaffigan jokes that his father is Swedish and his mother is Elton John.
There is no greater fun than going up and doing stand-up, Gaffigan said while calling from New York. I enjoy it when I have the opportunity to do it because its just me. There is no gatekeeper. Its all you when you get up there.
Gaffigan is not selfish and has no problem sharing the spotlight when he works on productions or in his personal life. And there arent many comics who have five children. But thats the practicing Roman Catholics story.
I love my family, Gaffigan said. Im not your average comic, in which its all about them. I never felt I had to fall into that comic stereotype. I do things a certain way. I also am not one of those guys who will do anything for a laugh. I dont see the point of dropping the f-bomb. Obscenities are a crutch. I think I can make people laugh without using those words.
Gaffigan never chose to go the safe route as a comic. But he initially took the safe route when it came to choosing a career.
After graduating with a business degree from Georgetown University, Gaffigan toiled as a copywriter.
But that wasnt enough for me, Gaffigan said. It would have been easy for me to do that for a living, but I had to challenge myself. It wasnt an easy thing because I come from a pretty conservative family. When I said I wanted to leave a steady job for the entertainment world, they didnt get it. They were like, What, are you nuts?
Gaffigan obviously knew what he was doing.
Fortunately, it all worked out, Gaffigan said. There was no guarantee that was going to happen, but it did, and Im grateful because I would rather do this than anything else.