Frontier Comedy are thrilled to announce that Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show, Flight of the Conchords, Portlandia, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bored to Death) will perform his biggest ever Australian stand-up tour and debut New Zealand shows in March through April 2018, playing shows at Brisbane Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as in Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Tickets on sale Monday 11 December.

“One of our most intelligent observational humourists.” – The AV Club (US)

“Gaffigan has become one of the best in the business at stitching together a solid set. Jokes fly every three or four seconds, some barely finished before he moves on to the next setup.” – The AV Club (US)

Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two times New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five, known around the world for his unique brand of humour which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life.

With sold out live shows at some of the biggest venues on the planet and iconic film and TV roles including his critically acclaimed sitcom The Jim Gaffigan Show, Gaffigan is one of the most familiar faces in comedy in the world today. Last in Australia in 2014 for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival at the Sydney Opera House, this will be the first time fans in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington can see Jim live.

“An assured, accomplished comic, America’s Jim Gaffigan can be relied upon to engage any audience with his smart, no-nonsense routines.” – Chortle (UK)

“Gaffigan is profoundly gifted at seizing the audience’s attention and holding onto it, joke after joke after joke.” – The AV Club (US)

A giant in the world of comedy, Jim is one of only ten comics in history to sell out New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and has performed for Pope Francis and over a million people at Philadelphia’s Festival of Families. In 2016, Forbes named Jim as one of the world’s highest grossing comedians. Additionally, streaming site Pandora recently announced that Jim is the most popular comic among its users with over 700 million spins to date.

His self-titled, semi-fictitious sitcom, which was praised by The Los Angeles Times as “fun and funny”, and People Magazine as “one of summer TV’s bright spots”,  was written by Jim and his wife Jeannie who both also served as executive producers and showrunners. The single-camera comedy revolved around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.

In 2013, Jim’s first book Dad Is Fat was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on The New York Times Best Sellers List and remained on the list for 17 weeks.  His second book Food: A Love Story was released in 2014 and debuted at #3 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

“An expert craftsman… Gaffigan’s true genius lies in his ability to appeal to large numbers of people from all ages and social scenes. He is the rare kind of comedian who is enjoyed by pretty much everyone. He is dirty and family-friendly, original and familiar, cuddly and disturbing. He’s offbeat enough to appeal to underground fans of alternative comedy and clean as a whistle for the Leno crowd.” – Comedy Couch (CA)

This January, Gaffigan premiered his fifth one hour stand up special Cinco on Netflix. The album version of Cinco, Gaffigan’s fifth album, became available on June 13th and during that week, Gaffigan had 6 albums in the top 10 comedy albums list on iTunes.

In an unprecedented deal, Netflix also purchased the exclusive rights to Gaffigan’s four other specials Beyond the Pale (2006), King Baby (2009), Mr. Universe (2012) and Obsessed (2014). Obsessed premiered at #1 on iTunes which marked the fifth time Gaffigan reached the Top 25 Comedy Category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year’ at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

“Keeping up with Gaffigan’s observations and often sly humor could be a little dizzying for an audience that was constantly trying to catch its breath from laughing… it’s rare that a stand-up can do a full hour of material and never see a lull in the laughter. Gaffigan can.” – Borgota Blog (US)

In addition to his own television show, widely popular stand-up comedy and best-selling books, Jim has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas, including all three versions of Law & Order (Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent). On the big screen, his credits include Three Kings, Hot Pursuit, Super Troopers, Experimenter, Chuck and 17 Again amongst many others.

Coming in April 2018, Gaffigan takes a dramatic turn in Entertainment Studio’s, Chappaquiddick, opposite Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern and Kate Mara. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year and was immediately acquired by Entertainment Studio’s for $20 million. Additionally, he recently wrapped production as the leading man in Cold Iron Pictures’ and Imagine Entertainment’s comedy, You Can Choose Your Family. Gaffigan’s other upcoming films include the Bron Studios comedy, Drunk Parent’s (Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek) and the leading role in Original Force Animation’s Duck Duck Goose (Carl Reiner, Stephen Fry). Gaffigan will soon begin production on the dramatic thriller, Them That Follow.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Jim Gaffigan’s largest Australian tour to date and debut New Zealand shows in March through April next year!

Presented by Frontier Comedy

Begins: Thu 7 December (12noon AEDT/ 12noon NZDT)
Ends: Fri 8 December (12noon AEDT/ 12noon NZDT)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

Begins: Mon 11 December (10am local time/12noon NZDT)

As part of Brisbane Comedy Festival:
Fri 23 Mar Brisbane City Hall | Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
Sat 24 Mar Brisbane City Hall | Brisbane, QLD (All Ages) | Ph: 07 3358 8600

Wed 28 Mar Hannah Playhouse | Wellington, NZ (All Ages) | Ph: 0508 ITICKET

Thu 29 Mar Aurora Centre | Christchurch, NZ (All Ages) | Ph: 0800 842 538

Sat 31 Mar Rangatira at Q Theatre | Auckland, NZ (All Ages) | Ph: 09 309 9771

As part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival:
Wed 4 Apr Melbourne Town Hall | Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
Thu 5 Apr Melbourne Town Hall | Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
Fri 6 Apr Melbourne Town Hall | Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)

Sat 7 Apr Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW (All Ages) | Ph: 13 28 4

This event is recommended for patrons aged 16+ |
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