From DATELINE to Horses, Jim Gaffigan Dances on the Line Between Comedy and Crass

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From DATELINE to Horses, Jim Gaffigan Dances on the Line Between Comedy and Crass

NOTE: This is a portion of our review of JIM GAFFIGAN: QUALITY TIME. For the full review, including a breakdown of content, violence, sex, language and nudity, click here.

Funnyman Jim Gaffigan is back at it with his latest comedy special, JIM GAFFIGAN: QUALITY TIME. Gaffigan is a relatively clean comedian, though families with teenagers and adults should use caution before viewing the special. There are a handful of light obscenities and four profanities used in just over an hour. Material ranges from jokes about weight and size to DATELINE and murder to horses … possibly too much about horses. Gaffigan, a devout Catholic, doesn’t mock his faith in the routine. Rather, he uses a basic understanding of biblical principles and stories to guide his jokes.

Gaffigan, known for his love and jokes about food, opens the special with a commentary on his weight and new size, 2XL. The jokes slide to borderline inappropriate as he says he can’t move to the next size, 3XL, because it’s triple X, which is pornographic. He doesn’t harp on the subject, and quickly moves into the rest of his routine.

Since his last special, Gaffigan’s appendix ruptured. In typical Gaffigan-style, he relays the painful experience with comedic inflection and insight, seeking laughs as he details his excruciating tummy ache that garnered him a helicopter ride to a remote hospital. There’s some potty humor, as Gaffigan says he would rather deal with an alternative than embrace his catheter.

Gaffigan also discusses his children, whom he brought with him across the globe as he toured. Gaffigan says the two youngest often make inappropriate comments about Gaffigan’s body. At one point, he calls his children “savages” and suggests lying to them.

Gaffigan also builds a set of jokes around DATELINE and spousal murder. Gaffigan walks the fine line between comedy and crass, and some viewers may be offended and feel his jokes go too far.

Gaffigan briefly mentions his faith as he discusses prayer, Jesus as the savior of the world and jokes about God’s judgment descending on Las Vegas.

Gaffigan’s special has smooth videography and well-timed jokes. Though some of the bits last too long for comfort, that adds to the hilarity. His wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, directs. The audience interaction and response to jokes lends to the comedic value. Movieguide® recommends discernment and caution for adults and teenagers due to some inappropriate jokes.

NOTE: This is a portion of our review of JIM GAFFIGAN: QUALITY TIME. For the full review, including a breakdown of content, violence, sex, language and nudity, click here.

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