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Friday, February 16, 2007

Jim Gaffigan
If you like standup and haven't seen Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale, you should check it out. One nice side feature is that, for standup, it's relatively clean. I still don't know if my mom would like it all, but your mom might. "Did he just call his mom a prude and say my mom has no standards? This guy's a jerk!"

You might've already seen or heard his Hot Pockets routine, but as one who (I confess) has eaten his fair share of Hot Pockets, that bit still gets me. I love the way he sings the Hot Pockets jingle in his distant falestto, kinda like the way does asides in the voice of an audience member all the way through, e.g. "Ridiculous," "This guy's obsessed with cake!" As this columnist wrote:

Most of the jokes end with a falsetto voice that comes from Gaffigan, vocalizing an assumed outraged audience member questioning the previous joke. These asides generally lead into the theme of the next joke.

These ingenious little transitions again run thin as the album progresses because Gaffigan begins to use these asides as punchlines. It's like he doesn't bother with a true punchline.
I, however, think these asides are part of Gaffigan's genius.

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