Art replicates life for Jim Gaffigan.
The actor and comedian debuts The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land next month and says his home life helps feed the story lines for the show.
In an interview with Esquire, Gaffigan talked about raising his five kids (who range in age from 2 to 11) with his wife, Jeannie, and living in a two-bedroom New York City apartment, sans mini van.
“Being a parent is difficult. Being a son and a daughter is difficult. It’s a human relationship. It’s great fodder for material,” he said.
Gaffigan also revealed that he thinks that Father’s Day is a less sincere holiday.
“We all take Mother’s Day seriously and then it’s like a month later, a bunch of kids get together and say, ‘I guess we should do this for the old man, too.” Still, he says it’s worth it since his kids get a kick out of it.
It’s not all laughs at the Gaffigan household though. The funnyman says parenting is serious stuff.
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“The amount of guilt you deal with as a parent is pretty profound. It’s a constant balancing act.”
Time management can be the biggest mistake, according to Gaffigan. “I don’t want to be this guy that my kids don’t know. I don’t care if they don’t like me. The odds are they’re not going to like me. But I want them to know and remember me.”
As far as the best meal to feed the youngin’ – pizza! In fact, Gaffigan is pretty wary of kids who don’t like the childhood staple. “Kids that don’t like pizza are Satanic.”
Gaffigan’s real-life family will join him on the bus for a comedy tour this summer. There will probably be many pizza stops along the way.
The Jim Gaffigan Show debuts July 15 on TV Land.