Comedy Central announced today that April will be "Standup Month" for the network, with a bunch of original one-hour specials debuting starting March 29th. Here's the list of premiere dates, including previously-announced dates for specials from Hannibal Buress and Jim Gaffigan:
Hannibal Buress: Live in Chicago – Saturday, March 29th at midnight
Lorne Michaels is rounding out the cast for a new movie he's producing, called Staten Island Summer. Jim Gaffigan and Kate Walsh are the latest to sign on to the project, THR reports. The film follows best friends Danny (Graham Phillips, The Good Wife) and Frank (Zack Pearlman, The Inbetweeners) as poolside lifeguards the summer after high school graduation, with the former about to attend Harvard and the latter unsure of where to go in his life. Gaffigan and Walsh are playing Danny's parents. Staten Island Summer is being directed by Rhys Thomas, a longtime producer/director of SNL shorts and video segments who recently helmed Bill Hader's Stefon farewell, and the script [...]
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has landed a second book deal. Crown Publishing announced yesterday evening that they've signed Gaffigan to write his second book, an untitled collection of essays on his favorite topic: food. It's expected to come out sometime in 2014, and the deal is for seven figures. Gaffigan's first book, Dad Is Fat, revolved around his life as a husband and father of five and debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller’s list last month. Gaffigan's book deal comes in the wake of news that his autobiographical CBS sitcom pilot, which the network passed on last month, may be retooled by the network for next season, so it's [...]
Jim Gaffigan wrote a book. It's out this week, it's called Dad is Fat, and it's a memoir about his experience with marriage and raising five children in New York City. Considering the fact that CBS ordered a pilot from Gaffigan also based on the standup and actor's real-life experience of marriage and raising five children in New York City, you can rest assured that he knows enough about the subjects of marriage, fatherhood, and the difficulties of Manhattan residential life to write a whole book about them while also being funny.
This week, Sara and Nikki relive their surreal evening spent amongst random celebrities and teenage screams. Comedy power couple Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan (Comedy Central, Twitter & Twitter) make their triumphant return to the podcast and speculate about the pitfalls of Taylor-level fame. Jim's new book, Dad is Fat, drops next week, but you should preorder a copy now just in case. Written with Jeannie and inspired by their five kids, the book is an astonishingly hilarious and oppressively addicting collection of essays on fatherhood. For the rest of the hour, the gang discusses collaborating with a writing partner, treating stand-up as therapy, [...]
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a new hour-long standup special on the way. Called Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed, it debuts on Comedy Central on Sunday, April 27th. The special will then be released as an extended 70-minute version on DVD and CD on April 29th (available for preorder now).
FX's late night talk show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell is set to move to its new sister channel FXX, where it'll be airing four nights a week instead of one, on Wednesday, September 4th, and the show is pulling out a bunch of big name guests for the first string of nightly episodes:
Wednesday, September 4th: Jim Gaffigan Thursday, September 5th: Tracy Morgan Monday, September 9th: Chris Rock
This is the first appearance on Totally Biased for Morgan and Gaffigan, and the second as a guest for Rock, who also executive produces the show.
In comedy circles, Jim Gaffigan has almost a living-legend aura around him. His broad appeal and ability to do the same clean material in every type of room is widely admired. "If you're a comedian, you should be able to perform in front of any kind of crowd, and the goal is to be someone like Jim Gaffigan who can do Eugene [Mirman]'s show and he can do my show, but then he can also perform at Carnegie Hall or whatever, the Pepsi Thunderdome in Janesville, Wisconsin, and do as well in front of every kind of crowd," Liam McEneaney told me last year. Even more amazing to many is [...]
"'Clean' and 'family-friendly' are supposedly these positive attributes. But I sometimes feel like it's an asterisk next to my success … Maybe I'm being sensitive. I just want to be known as funny. I mean, when you hear about a family-friendly restaurant, you know it's going to be horrible."
- Jim Gaffigan, who doesn't use swear words onstage, talking to The Wall Street Journal in a piece on his squeaky-clean act, with quotes from fellow clean comedians like Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Jerry Seinfeld, and without any quotes from Brian Regan for some reason.
Michael Ian Black has been cast in Jim Gaffigan's CBS sitcom Gaffigan, a source involved with the pilot tells Splitsider. Black will play Daniel, the gay best friend and former boyfriend of Jim's wife Jeannie, who was played in the original pilot by Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. Black's character will serve as the classier and more polished alternative to the much schlubbier Gaffigan; the character was swapped in place of a drag queen character from the original pilot who was Jim's best friend.
Last season, CBS ordered a pilot co-created by and starring comedian Jim Gaffigan but passed on turning it into a series when it came time to pick new shows in May. Now, THR reports that the network is redeveloping the show for the 2014-15 TV season, a rare move for a network to pull with a failed pilot.
Gaffigan's show last year, which made our list of the season's most-promising pilots, was a semi-autobiographical single-camera comedy starring himself as a guy raising five kids with his wife in a New York apartment building. Gaffigan co-created the show with Peter Tolan, and Oscar nominee Mira Sorvino played [...]
Here's the latest episode of Scott Moran's excellent documentary web series Modern Comedian. This one follows comedian and father of five Jim Gaffigan, mainly focusing on how those two parts of his life don't fit each other at all.
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