"Comedy Teasing Canadians"
What You Need To Know:
“Jim Gaffigan: Canadian American” is a funny routine, with a strong Christian, biblical worldview and refreshing references to Gaffigan’s Christian faith. He calls himself a “good Christian man.” Later, he declares that America’s the best country on the planet because “God loves America more.” Gaffigan references St. John and makes a joke about “God’s plan” when going to a pop music concert. “Canadian American” has no foul language or depicted violence, though one joke discusses being trampled by a moose. Sexuality is briefly discussed regarding one Canadian city, but Gaffigan doesn’t sound supportive. Alcohol use is discussed, and there’s one joke where Gaffigan makes fun of people who are drunk. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for “Jim Gaffigan: Canadian American.”
“Jim Gaffigan: Canadian American” is the first episode in the two-part comedy special, JIM GAFFIGAN: THE PALE TOURIST. The special opens with footage of the Gaffigan family traveling through Canada spliced with traditional Canadian images of hockey, poutine, lots of snow, polar bears, and, of course, Gaffigan eating.
Gaffigan’s opening jokes are by far the most crude in the performance and somewhat sour the routine. Gaffigan pokes fun at Saskatchewan Province, its capital Regina, and makes multiple sexual jokes about the people there. However, he also uses this time to say he’s a “Good Christian man” and won’t engage with illicit activities. During this time, he uses no foul or explicit language, and the punchlines are dependent on the viewer’s understanding of euphemisms. Gaffigan moves on after a few minutes and focuses his jokes on other Canadian locations, idiosyncrasies and passions.
In classic Gaffigan fashion, the comedian has multiple jokes about food and his weight. He highlights Canadians’ obsession with poutine – French fries covered in gravy and meat – and doner – a type of kebab that originated in Turkey but is popular in the Canadian provinces. He does make some scatological jokes about the food’s effects on his stomach, but the punchlines are more childish than gross.
The routine includes some politically correct elements, including jokes about free healthcare and briefly pokes fun at U.S. President Donald Trump. Gaffigan refers to Trump as an alcoholic parent whom the children try to take away his phone (although Trump does not drink). There are some other alcohol references, as well, as Gaffigan discusses a “Caesar Cocktail,” which he describes as the Canadian version of a Bloody Mary but with juice.
The episode has a Christian/biblical worldview with multiple references to Gaffigan’s faith. Early in the special, he calls himself a “good Christian man.” Later, he declares that America is the best country on the planet because “God loves America more, and that love is measured in feet.” Gaffigan also references St. John and makes a joke about “God’s plan” when going to the concert of Drake, a famous musical performer, rapper, singer, and songwriter from Canada.
The episode has a solid production value that’s easy to consume. There are no obscenities or profanities. One joke discusses being trampled by a moose. Sexuality is briefly discussed in association with Regina, but Gaffigan doesn’t sound supportive. Also, there’s no nudity in the episode, though promotional materials depict Gaffigan as a muscled centaur, hence some upper male nudity in the poster. Alcohol use is discussed, and there’s one joke about drunkenness where Gaffigan makes fun of people who are drunk and awake.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.