Gaffigan first gained notoriety as a comedian – one of the few working the game today who doesn’t augment his material with bawdy language. His favorite topics are generally food and how pale his own skin is, and he illustrates this in the high-pitched voice of an imaginary audience member who can’t help but express his disappointment. It’s a shtick that works, and so does plenty of his other stuff.
If you’re not as tuned in to the stand-up scene, you might have seen Gaffigan in films like Going the Distance, 17 Again, Igby Goes Down and Super Troopers. He has also been active on television, including his own stand-up specials, as a regular cast member on My Boys; in guest roles on Psych, Flight of the Conchords, Bored to Death and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; and as pale guys of hearty Midwestern stock in episodes of all three Law & Order series. Finally, he has also appeared on Broadway, most recently in the Pulitzer Prizewinning That Championship Season alongside Brian Cox, Chris Noth and Kiefer Sutherland.
His impressive pedigree aside, what you really want to know before even thinking about heading out to UPAC for his show is whether he’s funny. He’s very, very funny. And if you maybe want to look cool to your teenage kids, take them to see Gaffigan. You’ll all laugh without the awkwardness that you might experience with a set peppered with a bunch of filthy language.
Purchase your tickets at the Bardavon box office (35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072), the UPAC box office (601 Broadway Kingston, (845) 339-6088), or through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000). Tickets for the performance are $65 for Gold Circle, $55 for adults and $50 for Bardavon members. For information visit www.bardavon.org.