The Jim Gaffigan Show, Episode 1
When Jim is asked by his wife to pick up a Bible from church, he is outed as a Christian and all of his worst fears come true.
July 15, 2015
For fans of comedian Jim Gaffigan, news that he will be starring in his own sitcom is welcome. Even with TV Land’s spotty record with original shows, I have high hopes for this one and am eagerly looking forward to the next episode. Unfortunately, the series doesn’t even premiere until July 15, 2015 so it’s going to be a long wait. That doesn’t mean we can’t discuss the pilot ahead of time though!
While getting ready to go to the club for a show, Jim’s wife asks him to stop by church and pick up a gift from the priest. Turns out, the gift is a Bible – a very large one. Having no way to carry it discreetly, Jim is soon seen toting the book around a comedy club, and even manages to have his picture taken with the Bible prominently featured.
Jim is horrified and worried about what people will say and what it might do to his career if he is “outed” as a Christian. He quickly retreats to the fridge for a snack to calm his nerves. While everyone thinks he is overreacting to the situation, Jim’s worst fears quickly come true as everyone tries to secure his support for their side.
Hatching the perfect plan, Jim tries to crawl back into the religious closet and shift the focus, but it all backfires in a spectacular fashion. In not standing for a side, he quickly becomes the world’s most hated man and is driven to his bed to binge eat and watch the his career disintegrate on every major network and news outlet.
I’m going to go ahead and admit that I’m a big Jim Gaffigan fan, so my review may be a tad bit biased. However, I’m still going to say, in no uncertain terms, watch this show! Let me explain.
Jim Gaffigan’s comedy is largely based on his love of food (Hotpockets feature prominently), his family (5 kids in a 2 bedroom apartment), and the voice in his head that is offended by everything he says. Fortunately for us, he brought all of that into the show, along with the delightfully cranky Adam Goldberg and the snarky awesomeness that is Michael Ian Black. What’s not to love?
Aside from the content, the best part of Gaffigan’s comedy is his willingness to poke fun at himself instead of others. That, too, has been translated into the show but, if the pilot is any indication, he’s going to be doing it on a wider scale than usual. Though the show focuses on his horror at being outed as a Christian comedian, it’s also poking fun at the media hysteria involving anyone’s personal beliefs and the tendency for the media to cause things to spiral into complete craziness.
Judging by the mixed reactions to the show’s pilot when it was temporarily released online, the episode makes some very valid points regarding society’s willingness to attack whether they are informed or not. In fact, the extreme reactions of many people leaving comments on different sites are the exact thing that the episode was making fun of. In my opinion, that is comedy at its best.
Language – There were a couple of times that cursing was used, but I am unable to say exactly which words because the episode is no longer available until its premiere on July 15, 2015. I do remember it being brief and fairly mild. There are several tongue-in-cheek jokes made about the Bible that may be offensive to some viewers.
Drug/Alcohol use – There are a couple of scenes where Gaffigan is at a club for a comedy show. This generally includes alcohol being served and consumed, but there are no instances of obviously drunk people.
Spiritual Content – Gaffigan’s reluctance to admit to being a practicing Catholic offers some interesting talking points. The idea that Christians choose to remain “undercover” in order to avoid persecution by others is something that is not discussed a lot, but it is something that scripture deals with (Matt 10:32-34, Matt 28:19, Rom 10:14-15). Though the episode seems to indicate that staying quiet about our faith is the best course of action, this could also open doors to discuss what the Bible says on the subject and how to handle persecution when faced with it (John 15:8, Rom 8:35, 1 Cor 4:12, 1 Peter 4:16).
Whether you’re a fan of Gaffigan or not, The Jim Gaffigan Show looks like it will be both funny and entertaining, and I can hardly wait to see what it has in store for us. Will you be watching The Jim Gaffigan Show? Let us know in the comments below.
* All photos courtesy of tvland.com and jimgaffigan.com
+ If you like Jim Gaffigan's comedy, you're sure to enjoy this.
+ It's nice to see a Christian poke fun at himself.
- Potentially offensive to the thin-skinned.