Jim Gaffigan

Well-traveled comic expands to animation, acting

Don’t blame Gaffigan if he needs to pick up the morning newspaper to figure out where he just spent the night.

The increasingly popular standup had a busy — and hugely successful — 2007 comedy tour, which will top out at more than 100 shows in over 70 cities.

Gaffigan’s observational humor has served him well. His big breaks came the usual way, with killer routines on the latenight talkshows.

“I write in a way where it works well in five-minute chunks,” he explains. “I can do a Conan and Letterman set dedicated to one topic.”

But Gaffigan, whose concert tour ranks up there in ticket sales with fellow comedians Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, Carlos Mencia and Katt Williams, has expanded way beyond the stage. He recently premiered the second season of his “Pale Force” webisodes, the animated superhero crime-fighting duo that consists of himself and Conan O’Brien.

As an actor, Gaffigan has become the go-to guy for laughs on TBS’ successful half-hour comedy “My Boys,” which just finished up season two and goes into production for a third in January.

Point of view

“There’s still something about the fact that you can come up with a joke and there’s an immediacy to it,” Gaffigan says. “You can get spoiled by it. You’re not writing by committee, with other writers and producers chiming in.”

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