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Album Review

On the way to his 2006 release, everyman stand-up Jim Gaffigan worked the late night and comedy club circuits hard, building a sizeable, loyal fanbase along the way. They don't overlap much with the David Cross crowd but they're just as willing to drag you to a show or email you an MP3 of his brilliant "Hot Pockets" routine. Beyond the Pale offers plenty of reasons this quirky but entirely approachable comedian packs them in. He's a crowd-pleaser first off, expanding his beloved "Hot Pockets" into an almost five-minute routine and using that doubtful, falsetto alter ego more than ever. This back-and-forth Gaffigan does with himself — telling a joke and then mocking himself in the falsetto voice — is a bit overused this time out and bringing that tired "nobody eats fruitcake" shtick into the 21st century is a bad idea. Otherwise the album satisfies with the comedian sounding more relaxed and in command of his ever-growing audience. Identifiable, domestic issues — mostly concerning food — lead up to his "Freebird," his "Stairway to Heaven," "Hot Pockets." Like Live/Dead had the quintessential performance of the Grateful Dead's "Dark Star," Beyond the Pale contains the quintessential "Hot Pockets," making previous versions obsolete. The most persuasive material for the Gaffigan doubters follows as religion gets a flippant and funny treatment while the falsetto crutch takes a break. Gaffifans can also grab the DVD of the same name for more material, more falsetto voice, while the casual Gaffigonian should start here.

Customer Reviews

Very Good - But..

This album really is hilarious. It definatley is a must buy -- that is unless you have some of Jim Gaffigan's other albums. For some reason some of the same bits and same jokes are on the other albums as well. The Hot Pockets bit is absolutely hilarious, but its on multiple CD's, which can be kind of disappointing if you're listening to it hoping for more hilarity. But, if you don't have any Jim Gaffigan albums, I definately reccomend buying this one. The hot pockets, christmas trees, easter eggs, and other stuff is killer.

Gaffigan at the top of his game!

I'm sure people wonder why I'm laughing out loud as I drive.... It's all because of Gaffigan. If you like Seinfeld and Brian Regan...then you'll love this as well!


I am a huge Gaffigan Fan, and this is without a doubt his best album! Its got new versions of his best bits, Jim has a great way of presenting his material... If you like this, and you will, try Daniel Tosh, hes like a combination of Jim Gaffigan and Dane Cook, hes F***ing awesome!


Born: July 7, 1966 in Chesterton, IN

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A dry and clever standup comedian who's hateful toward Hot Pockets and proud to be pale, Jim Gaffigan is a regular on the late-night talk show circuit and an in-demand actor as well. After his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman himself asked Gaffigan to develop a show for Letterman's production company, World Wide Pants. Although the show, Welcome to New York, didn't work out, Gaffigan's talent was recognized and soon he was making appearances on The Ellen Show, Ed,...
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