Known in Milwaukee for his year-end Pabst Theater residencies, the comedian performed for about people in the new arena Saturday. Last week Jim Gaffigan announced his new hour special, Noble Ape but Gaffigan tells Paste he turned down an attractive Netflix deal for So the fact that people like my comedy, that they can have access to it, is really appealing. .. · FX Announces Better Things Season Three Premiere Date By. Jim Gaffigan is having a bit of a rough go of it right now. had to cancel a number of tour dates while shuttling his family around New York. AVC: You guys talked to People magazine, and you mentioned that the whole thing She's the mother of five kids, so her blowing off this would be pretty standard.
I just kind of want to get it out there.
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Also, simultaneously [releasing] the album and the special was appealing to me. Because the way people consume stand up is is varying.
I have some specials available on my website, and there was one that was through Comedy Central. Can we go back a little bit, then, and can you tell me how this new deal came together?
I was approached through my agent and manager with different options. Very attractive offers, particularly from the perspective of, versus five years ago. I would also point out that Comedy Central, you know, Beyond the Pale, released my special for essentially an amount of money that covered the production. So I was presented with different options from different platforms. And what was so appealing about this model was the fact that it was going to be a lot of places. It was also going to, in a way, attract a larger audience.
Do you hope other people follow your lead? When I started stand-up, the career expectation, or hope, was to be a writer. Or you could tour doing clubs. So I think that people can look at this as where Netflix is right now, but from when I started stand-up in the early s—when I started stand up, which is pre-Comedy Central having a huge impact, pre-YouTube, pre-satellite radio and of course pre-Netflix and Hulu and Amazon—what is ever changing is the platform.
What people are dismissing is not only the accessibility of stand-up, which did not exist outside of late night appearances when I started, but the education. People can have a particular taste in comedy. So the fact that people like my comedy, that they can have access to it, is really appealing.
And I think that Comedians In Cars is probably the arrival moment as a comedian.
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Is that a problem? And it will change. I think we kind of look at, when will Amazon enter it? And it might not have been the most lucrative option. So there is something about, I want it to be out there. And I do love traveling internationally and performing internationally.
In the beginning, except for some random jokes here and there, Jim was very guarded about writing stuff. Standup comedy is a very solitary thing.
After the Kilborn thing, I started to really learn him, learn his cadence, learn his point of view, and we started building TV spots together. We would do different chunks, like segments of topics at different clubs, to see which one was the best one.
We had a huge team of people, but Jim needed a third eye to deliver what he wanted. And I was, and that was the special with Hot Pocketswhich took off and became its own thing. The material that was in Beyond the Pale had developed over a dozen years, and then suddenly the A-plus stuff was gone and he had to create an entire new hour.
So we started from ground zero.
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And then you have another person there who can make a bunch more observations about bacon in that same point of view. For [the Netflix special Mr. Also, my skill set was changing. Putting a cluster of jokes together is just dramatically different than writing a book.
With standup, Jim is the steamroller. With the books, my skill set is much more of an essayist. So, Jim will write a chapter which will be a series of notes about a topic without the narrative. So Jim writes these brilliant observations and I help make them read like an essay.Jim Gaffigan Hijacks a Stranger's Tinder - Vanity Fair
Hammering any jumble of words into readable, compelling essays is definitely not my skill set. Putting On A Show, Jim: