Gaffigan delivers plenty of laughs

Adam Larck
Jim Gaffigan put on two shows Friday night at the Peoria Civic Center Friday, ending both by taking jabs at Hot Pockets.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan returned to Peoria after two years on Friday, bringing plenty of food commentary with him.

For those unfamiliar with Gaffigan, he has a different comedic style than most. Instead of going for quick punchlines, he makes observations about himself and his lifestyle that fans find themselves relating and laughing along.

Gaffigan opened talking about the only thing that makes him a masculine, eating steak. He transitioned that into talking about his lack of repair skills at home and needing a repairman for any kind of help.

“I’ll just watch the guy,” he said. “I’ll, say ‘You want some brownies or something?’ I’m pretty sure I can get my wife to make some. No? OK, well, I guess I’ll go check my email.’”

He spent a good portion of his hour-and-a-half long set talking about food, whether it be his love of steak or hatred of seafood. While talking about seafood, he got a great laugh from the crowd by focusing on the highlights of eating fish.

“How can it be good when the best thing you can say about it is it isn’t fishy?” he said.

In a portion of the show a bit outside of his normal fare, Gaffigan focused his comedy on other groups, not just himself.

He joked about how many run to God only when needed for immediate assistance, such as finding a lost child, of which Gaffigan has five, or help getting through tough portions in life.

“I remember in college you said I didn’t exist. Now you get cancer, and you’re like Chatty Cathy,” he said.

Of course, it wouldn’t have been Gaffigan unless he wrapped up the set talking about Hot Pockets.

The small, microwavable snacks helped make Gaffigan famous to begin with, and the audience had no problem hearing the skit again and laughing along.

While there were a few new jabs at Hot Pockets added, the skit remained mostly unchanged from when he first created it.

Before Gaffigan took the stage, Tom Shillue warmed up the crowd with a short set focusing mainly on older TV commercials and the political incorrectness with them.

While Shillue started off slow, by the time he started talking about the Frito Bandito and Armour Hot Dogs, he had the audience laughing right along and even reciting some of the jingle with him.