Posted by Stuart Levine
I happened to check out comedian/actor Jim Gaffigan’s early set Saturday night at the Wiltern Theater, and it was an absolute riot.
Gaffigan was signed up by Worldwide Pants after an appearance on David Letterman’s show about 10 years ago, which led to “Welcome to New York.” The series aired in 2000 and only lasted 13 episodes, failing to didn’t tap into his comedy potential.
Comedy development people or network execs: Take another chance on Gaffigan and, most importantly, get out of the way. Let him turn his act into a show, and don’t note him to death.
Granted, the days where standups — Roseanne, Kevin James, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld — went from stage to screen and grabbed huge ratings might be waning, but talent is talent, and Gaffigan’s got it. His mostly G-rated riff on topics such as bowling, bacon, Hot Pockets (that barely edible microwavable snack), pillows and the speed of an escalator are a hoot and had the Wiltern audience in tears.
Gaffigan has done a slew of TV ("The Ellen Show," "Ed," "That 70s Show"), but most recently co-starred as the lawyer always complaining about marriage on TBS’ “My Boys,” starring Jordana Spiro. But “My Boys,” which started strongly in season one but tailed off in its second go-around, doesn’t do justice to Gaffigan’s comedic talents.