Jim Gaffigan turns near-tragedy into reassuring comedy in Noble Ape

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Two minutes into Noble Ape, Jim Gaffigan’s sixth comedy special, the comic addresses the elephant in the room—and immediately makes it do a little dance. “In April, it was discovered that my wife had a brain tumor. I’m not even making this up,” Gaffigan begins. “It was removed, she’s great, everything’s good.” It’s a…

Netflix is the biggest game in stand-up—so why did Jim Gaffigan turn them down?

Jim Gaffigan wastes no time in his new stand-up special, Noble Ape, jumping immediately into a significant event in his personal life: Yes, he’s grown out his beard, and yes, it makes him look, in the words of his ever-present, falsetto-voiced inner critic, “like an out-of-shape Civil War general.” After a minute or…

Can Jim Gaffigan name all his kids’ full names and birthdays in under 30 seconds?

Five kids is a lot for any parent to handle, let alone two parents who work and travel as frequently as Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan. But the pair make it work. To put Jim’s knowledge of his children to the test, we thought it’d be fun to see if he can list all five of his kids’ full names and birthdays in under 30…

Jim Gaffigan says he has the face for movies about the ’60s

Jim Gaffigan isn’t really known for being in dramas, but he’s had a small streak of roles in dramatic movies like Experimenter, Chuck, and the upcoming Chappaquiddick. The movie examines the controversial 1969 car accident in which campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne drowned and Ted Kennedy was driving. In the video…

Mario Batali made an extravagant soup-only meal for Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan

When you’re feeling under the weather, having a friend make you a nice bowl of soup can be a godsend. But when you’re three months into recovering from life-threatening brain surgery that removed an apple-sized tumor from your head, you may need a very special soup from a very special friend. For comedian Jim…

Jim Gaffigan says his wife’s brain tumor almost made him retire from stand-up

Jim Gaffigan is having a bit of a rough go of it right now. The happy-go-lucky comedian and his wife and co-writer, Jeannie, discovered she had a benign tumor the size of a pear wrapped around her brain stem last month. She’d been experiencing headaches and fatigue for months—something she attributed to being the mom…

Jim Gaffigan’s Cinco is the steak dinner of stand-up specials

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When Jim Gaffigan is described as a “clean,” it can’t help but feel like a bit of an insult. Yes, Gaffigan largely avoids swear words or sexual references in his act, but to call what he does “clean comedy”—the Netflix synopsis for his new special, Cinco, calls him the “king” of the stuff—it’s like saying that’s all …

Jim Gaffigan gets back to basics in this exclusive clip from his new Netflix special

Jim Gaffigan has a pretty busy year ahead of himself: the massively successful stand-up and actor has six new movies on his docket (two dramas, a comedy, and three animated films), plus his previously announced work on the upcoming season of Fargo. He’s also in the middle of a national tour, which didn’t keep him from…

Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in January

A new year means a new host of titles coming to Netflix, including some eagerly anticipated originals. Among those, the highest profile titles are the new, serialized adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events starring Neil Patrick Harris as the dastardly Count Olaf and the reboot of Norman Lear’s …