Gaffigan’s comedy routines often include humorous, high-pitched “asides” representing commentary on his performance from a hypothetical naive and easily offended audience member. These were inspired by his sister.
Gaffigan is also known for routines or skits relating to being lazy and eating food, especially popular routines regarding Hot Pockets, cake, and bacon. In 2004 Gaffigan’s stand up material was featured in Comedy Central’s animated series Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. His 2006 album, Beyond the Pale, consisted primarily of material regarding food and American eating habits. The album was accompanied by an hour-long special on Comedy Central of the same name, which was released on DVD. His 2009 album, King Baby, was also a television special filmed in Austin, Texas at the end of his “The Sexy Tour”.
In addition to his numerous television stand up appearances, Gaffigan has had a very active acting career with credits including Super Troopers, Thirty Years to Life, That ’70s Show, My Boys, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Love Guru, Flight of the Conchords, Away We Go, 17 Again, Law & Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.