Jim Gaffigan

D.O.B: Jul 07, 1966 |  Chesterton, Indiana, USA

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Indiana native Jim Gaffigan arrived in New York City in 1990 at the age of 24. Officially, he had relocated to work in advertising, but his real fascination with New York had a lot more to do with pursuing his dream of making people laugh as an actor and stand-up comic, a dream he would eventually realize through hard work and ample talent.

Biography

Indiana native Jim Gaffigan arrived in New York City in 1990 at the age of 24. Officially, he had relocated to work in advertising, but his real fascination with New York had a lot more to do with pursuing his dream of making people laugh as an actor and stand-up comic, a dream he would eventually realize through hard work and ample talent. Hailing from a clan of conservative Midwestern bankers, young Gaffigan had virtually no contacts or connections in the entertainment industry. In a 2006 interview for The Onions AV Club, Gaffigan told journalist and film critic Noel Murray he came from a conservative family where youre driven by security, and wearing a tie to work is considered a success. My uncle was the first one to go to college and, at that point, wed been in this country for 150 years. It took us five generations to get to the middle class, and I was like, Hey, I think Im gonna go into the entertainment world! Everybody was like, Are you nuts? Gaffigan proved his comic merit and steadily climbed the ladder to stand-up success, eventually landing an appearance on fellow Hoosier David Lettermans talk show Late Show with David Letterman (1993). The gap-toothed late night yukmeister was so impressed by Gaffigans first appearance that he handpicked him to develop a sitcom for the Letterman-owned production company World Wide Pants. The fruit of this union, a sitcom entitled Welcome to New York (2000), was canceled shortly into its initial run despite critical acclaim. Fortunately, the melanin-challenged stand-up artistes career was very far from over. He went on to guest-star on a veritable whos who list of hit shows including That 70s Show (1998), Sex and the City (1998), Third Watch (1999), Ed (2000) and Law & Order (1990).