Jim Gaffigan, Doing My Time

Jay Ruttenberg

By Jay Ruttenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Doing My Time

Jim Gaffigan
Likeable, geeky, distinctly Midwestern comic rails against Hot Pockets.

"I'm the opposite of ethnic," Gaffigan announces at the top of his set. "Some people look Italian — I look anti-Semitic." The unassuming, pale-faced comic is a veteran of TV flops, but he is increasingly in demand as a stand-up. This is no surprise: Gaffigan is likeable and geeky, shunning the rage that fuels many of his peers for a distinctly Midwest affability. Indeed, the album's most discussed routine doesn't find Gaffigan railing against political hypocrisy or family frustrations, but rather against Hot Pockets. He does look anti-Semitic, though.