Jeanne Louise Gaffigan (née Noth) is an American actress, producer, and comedy writer. She is best known as a writer and executive producer for The Jim Gaffigan Show, a show loosely based on her own family life with her husband, Jim Gaffigan.
Jeannie Gaffigan had a lot on her plate. She was raising five kids, writing comedy with her husband Jim, and producing a television sitcom. She was so busy taking care of others that she forgot to take care of herself. Jeannie tells Marc how that self-neglect led to the inadvertent discovery of a brain tumor the size of a pear, a ten-hour surgery to remove it, and the complications that threatened her life. Now, on the road to a full recovery, Jeannie is learning how to let go of some of the control she used to rely on and embrace the messiness of life. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp and EverlyWell.
JIM GAFFIGAN worked in the advertising business on award-winning campaigns for Sierra Mist, ESPN, Saturn, and Rolling Rock, earning him Business Week's 1999 salesman of the year award. He got his first big break on “Late Show with David Letterman,” who handpicked him to develop a CBS sitcom, “Welcome to New York,” shot in the big apple. He has appeared on numerous TV series and feature films including the Dan Aykroyd series “Soul Man” and the films “Three Kings” and “Super Troopers.” Jim has been nominated for two Grammy awards, his last special was the most watched special on Comedy Central in 2014, the accompanying album was number 11 on the main Billboard charts and # 1 on the comedy charts…and in 2015, he performed at Madison Square Garden. As of June 2016, gaffigan was the most popular comic on Pandora, with over 647 million plays, while garnering over 2 1/2 million followers on twitter. JEANNIE GAFFIGAN has a masters degree in directing from Marquette University, and went on to work at a repertory theater in Milwaukee, before she moved to New York, where she performed in sketch comedy groups and theater companies where playwrights developed original plays. Soon after, she founded the not-for-profit theater company “Shakespeare on the Playground,” dedicated to teaching literacy and production to urban youth through the performance of full shakespearean plays. Together they wrote and executive produced all 5 of Jim's award winning comedy specials (the last one directed by Jeannie)…the animated series “Pale Force,” starring Jim and Conan O'Brien, for which they received an Emmy nomination… and the most recent tv land series “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” where Jeannie received the Christopher and Elouqentia Perfecta awards for her work in television. Together they wrote and executive produced all 22 episodes and are one of the most prolific husband and wife teams in the business.
This week, host Liam McEneaney visits the home office of comedy superstar Jim Gaffigan, and his wife and collaborator Jeannie Gaffigan. We discuss Jim's latest special Noble Ape, how Jim and Jeannie met, how they work together, how writing a joke about Trump is a lot like writing about religion, and a lot more. Jeannie also talks about the pear-sized tumor that was removed from her brain stem, about how the work helped speed her recovery in a year's time from surgery to directing/producing/writing on Jim's latest special. In fact, she wrote a book about it available for pre-order RIGHT NOW; When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People. All this, and storytelling legend Kevin Allison of the RISK! podcast tells a hilarious and true story about the search for love in all the usual places. All this, and Liam regales us with one of his road stories. Support TYF! at patreon.com/radio
Friday on Lake Effect : Writer Zach Brooke talks about the philosophy that guides Reggie Moore and the Office of Violence Prevention that he heads. Then, a look ahead to this weekend and celebrations of two groups of important pollinators: bees and migratory birds. Following the death of an influential French chef, Paul Bartolotta reflects on why the French have such an outsized role in food. Plus comedy writer, Milwaukee-native, and Marquette graduate Jeannie Gaffigan reflects on a lifetime of humor ahead of her commencement speech at Marquette this weekend. Guests: Zach Brooke, writer Bill Mueller, director, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory Paul Bartolotta, chef and restaurateur; Kyle Cherek, Lake Effect contributor Jeannie Gaffigan, comedy writer