Born and raised in Indiana, Jim began his stand-up comedy career seven years ago. Jim decided to make the move to New York City in the pursuit of becoming a successful actor and stand-up comic. In fact, Jim often uses his home state of Indiana in his routine as he often tells us with pride, "We're from Indiana, and we're gonna move!" It is apparent that Jim has more than arrived. You may recognize him from his numerous commercial campaigns with Blockbuster Video, Saturn, Barnes and Nobel, Rolling Rock, and Energizer. Jim has been featured on many network television shows. His credits include Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz," NBC's "Lateline," "Conrad Bloom" and "Law and Order," and ABC's "Soul Man." Continuing the development of his diverse body of work, you may have seen him hosting and starring in VH1's "Random Play," the network's first music and variety sketch show.
Jim finished his ninth film, Warner Brother's "Three Kings," directed by David O. Russell, starring George Clooney, Ice Cube, and Mark Wahlberg. Set against the "victorious" last days of the Gulf War, this action drama centers around a small group of soldiers determined to find millions of dollars of gold bullion Saddam Hussein stole from Kuwait.
Look for Jim in the following films: "The Thomas Crown Affair," directed by John McTierman, starring Pierce Brosnan, Denis Leary and Rene Russo. A remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway filmm, which centers around bored but very wealthy real estate magnate with a keen interest in rare and expensive art pieces, who successfully manages to pull off one of the largest and most ingenious art heists in the country. "Personals," a romantic comedy about a freelance writer who writes a successful book based on his experiences with the women he meets from placing and answering ads in the personals, starring Malik Yoba, Stacy Dash and Sheryl Lee Ralph. And "Entropy," with U2's Bono, directed by Phil Joanou, who's directing credits include U2's "Rattle and Hum."
Jim began the New Year with a dream come true when he made his first national appearance performing stand-up comedy on "The Late Show with David Letterman." It has truly been quite a career for Jim and enjoyed joining the many exciting stars, comics, writers, actors and mentors in March 1999's prestigious HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
Jim Gaffigan is considered a true triple-threat having achieved major milestones in stand-up, acting and writing.
As a stand-up comedian, Jim's cutting edge, clever, quiet style has earned him an unprecedented number of appearances on both CBS' Late Show With David Letterman and NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Jim's comedy special for Comedy Central, Comedy Central Presents: Jim Gaffigan, remains one of the highest-rated for all stand-up specials on the network. A national club and corporate event staple, Jim has performed at both the prestigious HBO US Comedy Arts Festival and the world renowned Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal.
In late 2003, Jim added two more CDs, Last Supper and More Moo-Moos, to his previously released comedy CDs, Luigi's Doghouse and Economics II. All are available on his website.
After Jim's first appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, Mr. Letterman personally chose Jim to develop a sitcom for World Wide Pants. A year and half later, Welcome to New York debuted on CBS to critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal declared Jim "a true find" and TV Guide nominated Jim for Best Actor in a New Sitcom. Jim then co-starred with Ellen DeGeneres on her CBS sitcom The Ellen Show. For the past two years he has had recurring roles both on FOX's That 70s Show and NBC's Ed. In 2004, Fox Television commissioned a script from Jim for an animated series based on Jim?s life as a husband and father living New York City.
Jim has appeared in more than two dozen feature films ranging from big budget hits (Three Kings, Road Trip) to Indies (Final, Igby Goes Down, Entropy). Jim appeared in several films chosen for the Sundance Film Festival, including Super Troopers and Thirty Years to Life. In the 2004, you might have caught Jim in TNT?s Bad Apple with Chris Noth and on the big screen in 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner.
Many recognize Jim from his numerous award-winning commercial campaigns, which include Fleet Bank (with Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciapara), ESPN, Saturn and Rolling Rock. Jim's commercial presence had such an impact that for 1999 Business Week declared him "Salesman of The Year."