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‘Have you ever told [your kids] something’s spicy when it’s not spicy?’

What the kids don’t know won’t hurt them.

During a recent appearance on The Sporkful podcast, comedian Jim Gaffigan — whose appreciation for food is well documented — admits that he lies to his kids about food all the time, especially when he doesn’t feel like sharing.

“I’ve pretended to enjoy healthy food in front of my kids many times,” Jim tells host Dan Pashman.

“I’ve eaten a bagel outside so I didn’t have to share it.” Other times, it’s all about invoking an element of danger.

“Have you ever told [your kids] something’s spicy when it’s not spicy? I’m an adult lying to a 3-year-old.”

Gaffigan also shares tips for maximizing the experience of an all-you-can-eat buffet (focus on the bacon), what it’s like to eat 50 Fudgsicles during the filming of one episode of the new Jim Gaffigan Show (really), and how much time he can spend thinking about an everything bagel (a lot).

Jim Gaffigan Reveals What Really Inspired His Hot Pockets Routine - Exclusive

There's a good chance that when you hear the name Jim Gaffigan, you think of Hot Pockets. "They should just come with a roll of toilet paper," Gaffigan said in his 2006 Beyond the Pale tour. "Directions: Take out of box. Place directly in toilet. Flush Pockets!" This riff on the popular frozen snack put Gaffigan on the map as a comedian, and since then, the Emmy-award winning talent has, quite literally, taken on that map, most recently with his international stand-up tour, Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist, now streaming on Amazon Prime. Gaffigan makes stops in Canada and Spain and gives the same treatment to local specialties like poutine and paella that he's given to the all-American, paper-sleeve-included, microwavable munchie.

Ever wonder exactly how badly Gaffigan had to have burned the roof of his mouth to quip, "You can have a Hot Pocket for breakfast, a Hot Pocket for lunch, and be dead by dinner?" In an exclusive interview with Mashed, this best-selling author of Dad is Fat shared what had really inspired him to poke fun at a microwaveable meal he's referred to as a "Pop-Tart with nasty meat."

15 Hilarious Truths About Parenting, According to Comedian Jim Gaffigan

Second to being known for his sense of humor, comedian Jim Gaffigan is known for being a dad of five. So of course his quotes about parenting are hilarious and spot-on.

With five little ones at home, it&aposs safe to call Jim Gaffigan a parenting expert. And, being that he&aposs a stand-up comic and author, it&aposs safe to assume that anything he has to say on the subject will be hysterical. From waxing poetic about sleep training to keeping it real about traveling with kids, here are Jim Gaffigan&aposs 15 best quotes on parenthood.

1. On kids making life more fun, not less: "People treat having a kid as somehow retiring from success. Quitting. Have you seen a baby? They&aposre pretty cute. Loving them is pretty easy. Smiling babies should actually be categorized by the pharmaceutical industry as a powerful antidepressant. Being happy is really the definition of success, isn&apost it?"

Parents may not be able to head out to a 9 p.m. movie for date night anymore, but there is a bright side: They have a baby.

2. On sleep training: "There are two philosophies when it comes to getting young children to sleep. There is &apossleep training,&apos which basically involves putting your kids to bed and listening to them scream all night or there is &aposattachment parenting,&apos which essentially involves lying down with your kids, cuddling them, and then listening to them scream all night."

3. On living with a baby: "Babies are the worst roommates. They&aposre unemployed. They don&apost pay rent. They keep insane hours. Their hygiene is horrible. If you had a roommate that did any of the things babies do, you&aposd ask them to move out."

Hey, at least they have the adorable thing going for them.

4. On questioning whether you&aposre doing a good job: "Every night before I get my one hour of sleep, I have the same thought: &aposWell, that&aposs a wrap on another day of acting like I know what I&aposm doing.&apos I wish I were exaggerating, but I&aposm not. Most of the time, I feel entirely unqualified to be a parent. I call these times being awake."

Moral of the story? Everyone feels like they&aposre faking it sometimes.

5. On kids&apos universal disdain for bedtime: "Bedtime makes you realize how completely incapable you are of being in charge of another human being. My children act like they&aposve never been to sleep before. &aposBed? What&aposs that? No, I&aposm not doing that.&apos They never want to go to bed. This is another thing that I will never have in common with my children. Every morning when I wake up, my first thought is, &aposWhen can I come back here?&apos It&aposs the carrot that keeps me motivated."

There isn&apost a parent alive who can&apost relate to this. Also: Why do kids hate going to bed so much when it&aposs the greatest thing ever?!

6. On toddlers: "Toddler judgment is horrible. They don&apost have any. Put a 12-month-old on a bed, and they will immediately try and crawl off head-first like a lemming on a mindless migration mission. But the toddler mission is never mindless. They have two goals: Find poison and find something to destroy."

They&aposre adorable as all get-out, but few parents have the endurance to keep up with a toddler all day. Hence, #wine.

7. On having a large brood: "You know what it&aposs like having a fourth kid? Imagine you&aposre drowning, then someone hands you a baby."

You know what they say: One kid feels like one, two kids feel like 20. What the heck does five feel like?!

8. On the awesomeness of moms: "Women are amazing. Think about it this way: A woman can grow a baby inside her body. Then a woman can deliver the baby through her body. Then, by some miracle, a woman can feed a baby with her body. When you compare that to the male&aposs contribution to life, it&aposs kind of embarrassing, really."

Well, when you put it like that, Jim.

9. On how parents feel sometimes: "Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks."

Gaffigan is obviously kidding here, but man, parenting can be rough sometimes.

10. On knowing when your kids are lying: "Whenever one of my children says, &aposGoodnight, Daddy,&apos I always think to myself, &aposYou don&apost mean that.&apos"

Every mom and dad knows that, despite going through the motions of bedtime, it doesn&apost necessarily mean it&aposs sleepytime when you&apose a kid.

11. On harnessing your sense of humor: "Failing and laughing at your own shortcomings are the hallmarks of a sane parent."

If you can&apost laugh and shrug off the insanity of parenting sometimes, you might go a little crazy.

12. On potty training: "I&aposve become one of those parents who demand their children go to the bathroom. &aposBut I don&apost have to.&apos &aposWell, go anyway.&apos"

Because if you don&apost, you hear this five minutes into the car ride: "Daaaad, I have to go potty."

13. On puppies preparing people for parenthood: "Occasionally, a dog will be presented as some training method for having a baby. &aposMy girlfriend and I got a dog. We are going to see if we can handle that before we have kids.&apos This is a little like testing the waters of being a vegetarian by having lettuce on your burger. Okay, maybe that metaphor doesn&apost make sense, but neither does using a dog as a training method for having a baby."

Remember folks: You can leave a dog home alone.

14. On traveling with kids: "Whenever I travel with my young children, I&aposm always reminded of an important travel lesson: Never travel with my young children."

Vacations may be fun, but getting there with kids definitely is not.

15. On the sleep deprivation that comes with parenting: "You are not only waking up sleep deprived, but now you are also sleep deprived and in charge of another human being."

Comedian Jim Gaffigan Breaks Silence And Goes To Town On Trump

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Jim Gaffigan is an award-winning, well-regarded, popular comedian. Part of Gaffigan’s appeal is his family-friendly comedy, that he writes and works on with his wife and frequently centers around food and Gaffigan’s obsessions with food. Gaffigan has a large family, which includes five children, leading to my favorite Gaffigan joke: “If you want to know what it’s like to have a fourth, just imagine you’re drowning … and then someone hands you a baby.” Gaffigan is also openly Catholic, and was asked by the Roman Catholic Church to do warmup for the World Meeting of Families back in 2015, when he opened for the Pope—yes, that Pope.

If you’ve ever listened to Gaffigan interviewed or watched his act, he tends to stay away from talking politics. He’s not averse to saying that he is in general liberal, but he also doesn’t do much joking when it comes to the current political climate. However, on Thursday night, Gaffigan seems to have become fed up with the titanic levels of hypocrisy on display by many and the depressing level of pig-headedness shown by people pretending that what Trump is saying and doing is anything besides grotesque. So Gaffigan went online, and went off.

It began innocuously enough.

I wonder what he was referring to? Well, some people felt they knew and clearly began attempting to troll him.

excuse me while I treat myself to confronting some asshole trolls.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Look Trumpers I get it. As a kid I was a cubs fan and I know you stick by your team no matter what but he's a traitor and a con man who doesn't care about you. Deep down you know it. I'm sure you enjoy pissing people off but you know Trump is a liar and a criminal.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Gaffigan then tried to explain the aversion to Trump as simply as possible.

By the way you can't be against Cancel Culture and tell people to stay out of politics. You know that time you did a job and didn't get paid? That's trump and you know it.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

He tried to point out some of the glaring contradictions in many Trump supporters’ arguments.

I know you hate snobs and elites I get it but look at Ivana and that douche bag Jerod. Think they are on your side? Do you think they've ever done a real days work in their lives. Wake up

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

He even gave a simple lesson in economics.

to those of you who think Im destroying my career wake up. if trump gets elected, the economy will never come back.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Then he went in on Lou Holtz, the former Notre Dame football coach who attacked Biden’s faith.

Fuck Lou Holtz. Biden is Catholic in name only? Compared to who? How many abortions did trump pay for? How many women has he raped? How many times did pull the shit he did in Ukraine. Wake up. He's a crook and a con man.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Gaffigan gave a short and sweet history lesson.

What bravery from the cowards who are against equal justice. Wake up. Don't you know history will make you the fool.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

He even worked to bridge the gap between the many regions of our country.

can we stop with this HOLLYWOOD shit. I'm not from Hollywood and Hollywood is just a town. Please say coastal elites (which Trump, Jared and Ivana are) Maybe people on the east and west coasts have different values from yours but they dont like liars and con men like trump.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

He threw in a class on the political spectrum.

Please dont buy that socialist crap either. Obviously Obama wasn't a socialist. This is all lies to scare you and you know it. Biden is not radical. Are you serious?

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Remember everything Trump accuses the Democrats of he's guilt of. Dont let the socialist name calling distract you from the fact he is a fascist who has no belief in law.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

You know Trump just creates enemies. You know you can't trust him. You know he been incompetent during this crisis. You know all those people didn't need to die. Trump talks about the Space Program and you can't safely go to a movie. Wake up

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Trump budding up with dictators is RADICAL. Trump having interfering with the justice department is RADICAL. Trump pandering to the police and army (I gave 3 raises) is RADICAL.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Trump derangement syndrome is part of the con. Wake up. you know Fox News is biased and full of loons. it's how they gaslight and silence criticism. Do you think any of those congressional republicans really believe in Trump or do they fear him dont want to end up like Flake.

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

And Gaffigan finally ended his night with this pretty piece.

Heading to bed but remember
- If you want to sound crazy please tell me about THE DEEP STATE.
- To sound stupid please be against CANCEL CULTURE but then accuse anyone with an opinion of Virtue signaling.
- Trump Derangement Syndrome is meant to distract from the con of Don

&mdash Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) August 28, 2020

Share All sharing options for: Jim Gaffigan Explains Why He's a Food Lover, Not a Foodie

Jim Gaffigan loves food. He loves it so much he has dedicated an entire book to the subject. Food: A Love Story is the comedian's second book — following last year's bestselling Dad Is Fat — and in it, Gaffigan riffs on his favorite foods like bagels and steak. In the introduction to the book, he writes: "What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here's why: I'm a little fat."

Eater spoke with Gaffigan recently to learn more about why he decided to dive into food essay writing, his favorite restaurants, and how he chooses where to eat on the road. Gaffigan also defends his claim that Chicago deep dish pizza is the best and muses on why he is not a foodie. " I could probably name three celebrity chefs. I've never commented on Yelp. [I'm] somebody who wants the closest best burger."

What inspired you to write the book?
Well I've had this kind of ongoing romance with food in my stand-up for 20 years . I think I always kind of didn't want to be known as the food guy. Then in my last special I was like, "Alright, fine." The special was called Obsessed, but I was just admitting that I'm food obsessed.

I felt like there was always kind of a food book in me. I think that with after Dad Is Fat, I realized that I had tons of material. I also learned from writing Dad Is Fat that I would have a lot of fun writing essays, giving myself an assignment of just writing an essay on crackers and stuff like that. It wouldn't work as stand-up but it would work, hopefully, in an essay form.

I love the distinction you draw between "eaties" and "foodies." Can you talk more about what those two terms mean and when you first realized that you were one and not the other?
You can't exist in a large city without being aware that there is a foodie culture. Some of it is, I'm aware that there is this whole culinary landscape that goes way beyond gourmet magazines, right? You can't really exist living in a large city without being aware that there is a foodie culture. I thought that it was appropriate to make that distinction to keep my point of view authentic.

I didn't want to present myself as a foodie or someone that even knows tons of celebrity chefs. I kind of identified myself as like: I could probably name three celebrity chefs. I've never commented on Yelp. [I'm] somebody who wants the closest best burger. I admire and I'm jealous of some foodies' culinary escapades but I've got five kids and I do stand-up every night, so I'm not somebody that can go out to dinner and go on these foodie adventures. I mean, I would like to, but I don't even get to go out to dinner as much as I'd like.

In the book you create a map of America's food regions, like Steakland and Seabugland. Were there any surprises researching the various regions?
Obviously it's a little tongue-in-cheek, right? Because I write everything with my wife, so I had to explain what I meant . You know, Mexican Foodland makes sense. Even Eating BBQland makes sense, and Steakland. But Super Bowl Sundayfoodland, it probably took my wife . It took me like two weeks to explain to her what I meant by that. There's also something about where I didn't want to get too detailed on it because then you just go down the rabbit's hole.

Map courtesy of Crown Archetype

I just did shows in Salt Lake City and I was exposed to fry sauce. I was like, well, fry sauce would have been on the map as a french fry symbol. I had done a show in Boise and I was like, wow, a potato should be there. You could sit there and you could break it down by community, and then classifying Boston as just Seabugland. I've been to Boston enough to know that there's great pizza at that place where the Facebook guy used to go when he went to Harvard.

That's why it's tongue-in-cheek. You can't do it completely to a T, right? And it's always moving. I had the opportunity to meet Calvin Trillin. It's interesting to see his essays on food . His experience when he wrote some of those, The Tummy Trilogy, how that's changed from local specialties, or even bagel shops downtown. It's always moving and it's changing. And it's very personal obviously, too.

One of the bold claims in your book is that you call Chicago pizza the best pizza. Was that a tough call for you? Did New York pizza even come into the mix?
I don't know if I accomplished this in the essay . In some ways they're not comparable, right? And what I wanted to accomplish is that Chicago deep dish only works in the Midwest because it's the only place to find it and Midwesterners are the only ones that would have the patience to wait 45 minutes. Also, it doesn't make sense from a business model. It's like a restaurant can't turn the tables fast enough to make enough money. I wanted to make that distinction, but I'm also just kind of honest.

I love Chicago deep dish. My brother who lives in Chicago makes fun of me because he's just like, "That's for tourists." I know all about the New York/New Haven pizza versus Chicago pizza but it's not like one or the other. For me, one is like a pie. I really consider the crust . I remember when I was describing the crust as cake. My editor kept saying, "You mean pie?" It would go through these different versions and someone would be like, "You mean pie crust?" And I'm like, "No, it's a cake crust." Because Chicago deep dish crust, to me, is as good as cake.

Do you have an all-time favorite restaurant?
You know, there's . For food or for experience? There's restaurants that have significant meaning . I'd take my kids to Katz's Deli. It's like there's different places that have different meanings.

I get nervous talking to foodies because it reminds me of when I'm talking to a Deadhead. I just love going to Crif Dogs with my son who loves video games . Then there's steak chains I love, Ruth's Chris. I love the experience of Smith & Wollensky. I get nervous talking to foodies because it reminds me of when I'm talking to a Deadhead about the Grateful Dead. I'm like, "I like the Grateful Dead, but I don't have your knowledge on the Grateful Dead."

So when people ask me about restaurants, I'm like, "Yeah. I don't know." I loved Otto but I've been there once. I don't get the luxury of going out as much as I'd like to make a true comparison. I love Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City but I also know that when I do a book event there, there's going to be two people that come up to me and say, "You know, you really have to go to this other place."

Right. So how do you figure out where to eat when you're on the road? That was a big part of the book too.
It's also an explanation of my research is that I'm very much a word of mouth . It kind of annoys my wife when we travel because I would just kind of ask someone on the street. I'm like, "Hey, where should I eat around here?" It would be like, you're asking, it might as well be a homeless person, where I should eat.

Usually every community has some place where you have to go there. There's almost a local pride associated with it, whether it's Minneapolis with the Juicy Lucy. It might not even be the best meal. It's just something where you have to try that or you have to go to this one crab restaurant if you're in a certain town in Maryland.

I want them to cut the pastrami and then I want to eat it immediately and then I want to regret eating it for a month because I can't move. I love doing that. I think that "tourist traps," we usually have an association with them being horrible. I think that's not always the case. Like Katz's Deli. I like that pastrami. I know it's a tourist trap, but it's still a great place to get pastrami. I still wouldn't want to bring pastrami home from any restaurant. I want them to cut it and then I want to eat it immediately and then I want to regret eating it for a month because I can't move. You know what I mean?

It's so funny because I was in Fresno, California and I did this show. I went to a Mexican restaurant that was unbelievable. It was Castillo's and it was insane. I had a chimichanga that was the size of a small dining room table. It wasn't like a stunt food. People in Fresno know about this restaurant.

I love Mexican food. When I first moved to New York, you wouldn't have Mexican food in New York. You'd wait until you were in L.A. or in Southern California or in the Southwest. Now it's like, in my old neighborhood where I'm always walking through, it's like every other restaurant is a Mexican restaurant. So, I eat a lot of Mexican and that was amazing. So Castillo's in Fresno. That's where you go.

What would it take for you to never go back to a certain restaurant again?
Jumping back to the tourist trap places. There is some . There is wild inconsistency in, like, Detroit has great hot dogs but there is some wild inconsistency there. You have to go to the right hot dog place in Detroit. What would stop me from going back to a place? If the food's not good or . You live in New York, right?

Did you ever, I don't know how old you are, did you ever go to Tavern on the Green? It was like, horrible. It was a piece of shit.

It's still bad. I went to the new Tavern on the Green. Beautiful, but it's terrible.
Oh, it is? Oh my God.

It's really interesting, the experience of going to a bad restaurant. I always think of when I was a little kid and I saw the movie The Bad News Bears Go To Japan. It was like the first — and I loved the first Bad News Bears movie — and this was the first time I saw a movie that wasn't good. I always assumed that all movies were good. It was a great experience, you went to a dark room and you ate popcorn, and you watched a funny movie. It's still shocking.

I'm still shocked when I go to a restaurant and it's not good. I'm still shocked when I go to a restaurant and it's not good. So I'm not going, again, on these culinary escapades. I'm going to a place that's supposed to be good. So when it's not good, I'm shocked. I'm even kind of surprised when I get delivery and it's not good. I'm pretty naïve when it comes to stuff.

I remember I went to a Chipotle in San Francisco in the horrible Fisherman's Wharf tourist area. The Chipotle wasn't good. It was shocking to me. I was like, "But wait a minute, Chipotle's always good."

I don't know if I captured this [in the book], but I go through periods where I'm eating healthy. And then when you're eating healthy, you're treating yourself to a cheeseburger. At this point I eat like five cheeseburgers a day. But when you're treating yourself to a cheeseburger and that cheeseburger is not a home run, you're really angry. You're like, "This is my cheeseburger? And it's not amazing?" You're like, "How dare you waste my time? I'll eat something else, but how dare you say that this is a cheeseburger if it's not good?"

Do you have any specific memory of the best restaurant experience you've ever had?
It seems like when I go to a restaurant and I have a really good steak, I can't stop talking about it. This is not answering your question either.

Let me tell you this funny story. So I went to see this friend of mine, I have this friend of mine that I went to college with. She married this guy who's like a billionaire. Once every six months my wife and I go out with them. That's how I went to Otto and all these places. They sent us some Kobe beef steaks in a Styrofoam cooler. Occasionally my wife and I, we cook them late at night, as we have a writing session. They were amazing. They were unbelievable. It was like Kobe beef, amen.

So then I see them six months later and I was like, "Thank you so much for sending that Kobe beef. Those were amazing. Where did you get those from?" And they're like, "We got them from Costco." I was like, "What?" I just assumed . I mean, this is a guy who someone pours water and he gives the waiter $20. I know that's not answering your question, but I think that kind of illustrates [that] some of it is environment and perception and who you're eating with too.

Steakhouses are like Chuck E. Cheese's for adults.

I'm trying to think of an amazing restaurant experience. I think that there's something about a steakhouse. I love steak and I also love that there's a celebratory aspect to it. People aren't going to a steakhouse after a funeral. They're going there to celebrate a birthday or a career achievement or a business agreement. Steakhouses are like Chuck E. Cheese's for adults. That's good. I'm going to tweet that. Right?

Yeah, without the scary mascot.
Yeah. That's what's so amazing. It's like New Orleans. You go to New Orleans and you'll be in a classy restaurant and a rat will run across the ground. You'll point it out to the waiter and they're like, "Yeah, that happens." And you're like, "What?"

What other places do you like to eat in New York?
I love Shake Shack and my kids love Shake Shack. They're like, "Are we going to Shake Shack?" When they were younger I would kind of lie to them and I'd be like, "Yeah, this is Shake Shack." Now they're old enough where I would never try to lie to them about it.

I love Mamoun's Falafel, getting shawarma there. I have a whole essay on bagels. I feel like I've received a bagel education. Tal Bagels. Great bagel, worst coffee in the world. They're like, "You know what? Our coffee can be horrible." It's obviously someone who is like, "It'll make our bagels appear better if our coffee's worse."

I miss what was this great Dominican rice and beans place on Lafayette. They were open for a couple of hours and it was just construction workers that go there. I really miss that rice and beans place. I'll tell you, Il Buco Alimentari, their sandwiches at lunch are great. They're like $30 a sandwich but they're amazing . I love Balthazar's burger à cheval.

I love going to a restaurant at 10:00 at night. I love going to Veselka. A plate of perogies and sitting with a couple comedians. That's pretty fun. I'm sure there's something really big that I'm missing where I'm going to get off the phone and be like, "I can't believe I forgot that!"

People probably think I'm looking for weed to buy. No, I'm looking for Porchetta.

You know when you're in a certain neighborhood, and you're like, "Alright, I'm going to walk by Shake Shack, see what that situation is like. Then, let's see here. I know that . " Like Porchetta. Where I've walked down, I'm like, "I know it's on 7th Street. Or is it on 8th Street?" I like walk . I'll do a show in the East Village and I'll be like, "It's on 7th, 8th, or 9th. Or what is it? 7th, 8th, and 9th?" I'll be like, walking around. People probably think I'm looking for weed to buy. No, I'm looking for Porchetta. I'm looking for that place.

Food: A Love Story is available on October 21. (Pre-order on Amazon)

The Most Tender Love Letter to Steak Ever Written

An excerpt from Jim Gaffigan's Food: A Love Story.

As a child I was confused by my father's love of steak. I remem­ber being eight and my dad ceremoniously announcing to the family, "We're having steak tonight!" as if Abe Lincoln were coming over for dinner. My siblings and I would politely act excited as we watched TV. "That's great, Dad!" I remember thinking, Big deal. Why can't we just have McDonald's? To me, my father just had this weird thing with steak. I thought, Dads obsess about steak the way kids obsess about candy. Well, my dad did. I'd watch him trudge out behind our house in all types of weather to the propane grill after me or one of my brothers barely averted death by lighting it for him. He would happily take his post out there, chain-smoking his Merit Ultra Light cigarettes and drinking his Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch alone in the darkness of Northwest Indiana. He'd stare into the flame like it was an ancient oracle relaying a prophecy that solved the mysteries of life.

Given the sheer joy that standing at the grill gave my father, I was always amazed by how bad he was at cooking a steak. Maybe it was the grilling in virtual darkness, or maybe it was the Scotch, but his steaks were usually really burnt and often had the flavor of cigarette ashes. At the table he would try to justify the charred meat in front of the family: "You like it well done, right?" Again, my siblings and I would politely lie. "It's great, Dad. Thanks." I think I actually grew to enjoy the taste of A.1. Steak Sauce mixed with cigarette ash. A.1. was always on the table when my dad would grill steaks. It seems everyone I knew had that same thin bottle of A.1. It always felt like it was empty right before it flooded your steak. Ironically, the empty-feeling bottle never seemed to run out. I think most people still have the same bottle of A.1. that they had in 1989. Once I looked at the back of a bottle of A.1. and was not sur­prised to find that one of the ingredients was "magic."

Steak makes perfect sense to me now. I was really overanalyzing it as a teenager. My fa­ther was not cooking steak on the grill to get away from his family or eating it daily to prove to himself that he wasn't poor my father was eating steak because consuming a steak is one of the great pleasures we get to experience during our short time on this planet.

By the time I became a teenager, I generally understood that steak was something unique. It had some kind of a deeper meaning. I still preferred McDonald's, but I realized steak was certainly not something my father would've been able to eat growing up as the son of a denture maker in Springfield, Il­linois, in the 1940s. I remember thinking that maybe eating steak was actually my father's measure of success. He wasn't poor anymore. He and his children could afford to eat burnt steak. Even in my twenties, when I would go home to visit my father after my mother passed away, he and I would always eat a cigarette-ash-infused steak that he had overcooked on the grill. Many years later I realized that following my mother's death, my father pretty much ate steak every night. Probably because my mother was not around anymore to say, "Well, obviously you shouldn't eat steak every night!" When I think back to my father eating steak day after day, year after year, I can only come to one conclusion: my father was a genius.

I don't know what happened, but steak makes perfect sense to me now. I was really overanalyzing it as a teenager. My fa­ther was not cooking steak on the grill to get away from his family or eating it daily to prove to himself that he wasn't poor my father was eating steak because consuming a steak is one of the great pleasures we get to experience during our short time on this planet. This was probably one of my most profound coming-of-age realizations. Steak is really that amazing. Steak is so delicious, I'm sure the first person to go on a stakeout was eventually disappointed: "Been sitting in this car all night and still no steak! Not even a basket of bread."

I'm actually relieved I inherited my father's love of steak. Where I was raised in the Midwest, all the men around me seemed to love three things: fixing stuff, cars, and steak. I learned that a real man loves fixing stuff, cars, and steak. Well, at least I've got one of those three. If eating steak is manly, it is the only manly attribute I possess. I'm not handy. I can't fix things. Whenever something breaks in our apartment, I just look at my wife sheepishly and say, "We should call someone." I don't even call. My wife calls. I can barely figure out the phone. When the handyman comes over, I just kind of silently watch him work. I don't know what to say. "You want some brownies? My wife could bake us some brownies. I'd bake them, but I don't know how to turn the oven on." I try to act like I'm working on something more important. "Yeah, I'm more of a tech guy. I'm really good at computer stuff . . . like checking e-mail."

I'm just not manly. I don't know what happened. The men in my family are manly. My dad and my brothers loved cars. I mean LOVED cars in a manly way. They'd talk about cars, go to car shows, and even stop and look at other people's cars in a parking lot. I barely have an opinion on cars. I do know that trucks are manlier than cars. The most manly form of trans­portation is, of course, the pickup truck. My brother Mike has a pickup because he's a MAN. Pickup commercials just give me anxiety. There's always a voice-over bellowing, "You can pull one ton! Two tons! You can pull an aircraft carrier!" I always think, Why? Why do you need that? I only see people taking their pickup trucks to Cracker Barrel. My brother Mike, like many other pickup owners, never seems to be picking anything up in his pickup. I find this confusing. It's like walking around with a big empty piece of luggage. "Are you about to travel somewhere?" "No, but I'm the type of guy who would." To be fair, I really can't judge. I don't own a pickup&mdashor even a car, for that matter. Whenever I go back home to Indiana to visit my brother Mitch, who is car obsessed, I rent a car and drive to his house from Chicago. We usually have the same conversation.

MITCH: What kind of car did you rent? ME: I think it's blue. MITCH: Is that four or six cylinders? ME: (pause) It has four wheels. I think. Wait, cylinders aren't wheels, right?

But steak . . . steak I get. If eating steak is manly, then I'm all man. I'm like a man and a half. I love steak so much, it's actually the way I show affection for other men. "You're such a good guy, I'm going to buy you a steak." Men bond over steak. "We'll sit and eat meat together and not talk about our families." I recently toured for two weeks with my friend Tom. When I returned home, Jeannie asked, "How's Tom's family?" I don't know. I only spent like twelve hours a day with the guy. I know he likes a medium-rare rib eye. What else is there to know?

I order steaks from Omaha Steaks. Yes, I order my meat over the Internet, which I'm pretty sure is a sign of a problem. I guess I don't want my steak shopping to cut into my steak-eating time. Ordering Omaha Steaks is very simple. It's like for beef. A couple of days after I place my order, a Styrofoam cooler shows up. It's the same type of cooler that I imagine they will deliver my replacement heart in. Omaha Steaks is nice enough to provide dry ice in case I'd like to make a bomb or something. Occasionally, when I grab my Omaha Steaks cooler out of the hallway I'll make eye contact with a neighbor, who I'm sure will later tell his spouse, "Jim got an­other box of meat today. That apartment will be available in a couple weeks." The only problem with Omaha Steaks as a company is that you can't get rid of them. Once you order from them, they are like Jehovah's Witnesses calling all the time.

OMAHA STEAKS REP: Hey, you want some more steaks? ME: I just got a delivery yesterday. OMAHA STEAKS REP: How about some rib eyes? ME: I don't need any more steak, thank you. OMAHA STEAKS REP: How about some filets? You want some filets? ME: Really. I'm fine with steaks. OMAHA STEAKS REP: Okay, I'll call tomorrow. ME: Um . . . OMAHA STEAKS REP: Hey, you want some turkey? Ham? ME: I thought you were Omaha Steaks? OMAHA STEAKS REP: You want some drywall? ME: Aren't you Omaha Steaks? OMAHA STEAKS REP: I'm right outside your window. I'm so lonely.

I could never be a vegetarian for many reasons, but the main one is steak. Sure, bacon, bratwurst, and pastrami are pretty amazing, but steak is the soul of all carnivores. Steak is the embodiment of premium meat eating. I'm a meat lover, and steak is the tuxedo of meat. The priciest dish on most menus is the "surf and turf," the steak and lobster. Who are they kid­ding? The steak is clearly driving the steak-and-lobster entrée. The steak is the headliner. There are way more people going for the steak and the lobster than people going for the lobster and the steak. The people who want the lobster are just order­ing the lobster. Lobster's appeal is all perception, and steak is truly extraordinary. Steak has its own knives. There aren't steak restaurants. There are steakhouses. Steak gets a house. There's no tunahouse. Tuna gets a can. I love a steakhouse. It's really the perfect environment for eating a steak. They always seem like throwbacks to another era. A time when kale was just a weed in your backyard. All steakhouses seem to be dimly lit and covered in dark wood. They are usually decorated with a combination of red leather and red leather. You know there is a huge locker full of hanging carcasses, like five feet away. The waiters are no-nonsense pros. They approach in a gruff manner:

At Peter Luger's in Brooklyn, the waiter usually won't even let you order. "You're all getting porterhouse." Um, okay.

Some steakhouses show you the meat raw. At places like Smith & Wollensky, a tray will be wheeled out with different cuts on it. One by one the waiter will pick up a glob of raw meat and thrust it at the table. "You can get this. You can get this." Men are such visual animals that they'll point at the fat-swirled hunk of flesh and grunt, "That one." It's all very simple and primal. At other restaurants, fancy non-steak items are prepared in a code of complexity: "Al dente." "Braised." "Flambéed." But the way steak is cooked is understandable even to a monosyllabic caveman: "Rare." "Medium." "Well." You barely even have to know how to talk. Of course, vegetables are also served at steakhouses, but they are called "side dishes." Like their presence there is only justified by the existence of steak. They're the entourage of the steak. And you can take them or leave them. The sides are not included with the purchase of steak. They are à la carte in steakhouses, like napkins on Spirit Airlines.

Sides are never called "vegetables," because what is done to vegetables in steakhouses makes them no longer qualify as vegetables.

GRUFF WAITER: We have spinach cooked in ice cream. We also have a bowl of marshmallows with a dollop of yam. And our house specialty is a baked potato that we somehow stuffed with five sticks of butter. We also have a "diet potato" that is stuffed with only four sticks of butter.

Everything about a steakhouse is manly, so it's no surprise that sports heroes own steakhouses. I've been to Ditka's, El­way's, and Shula's, which all had great steaks, but I'm pretty sure those NFL greats didn't cook my steak. "Hey, you were good at football. Why don't you open a meat restaurant? They have nothing to do with each other." Nothing except the same demographic: manly men. Like me.

My love of steakhouses is sincere. When I die, I would like to be buried in a steakhouse. Well, not buried. Just my casket on display in the dining room. That way people can come in, eat, and stare at me lying in state. Maybe someone will say, "Jim died too soon, but this steak was aged perfectly!" I don't think people in steakhouses would mind that much about my casket. People are in steakhouses for steak.

PATRON: Why is there a casket in the middle of the room? WAITER: Oh, that is a comedian, Jim Gaffigan. His only wish was to . . . PATRON: I'll have the rib eye, baked potato, and can I get blue cheese on the side? WAITER: I'll bring that right away, Mrs. Gaffigan.

I love steakhouses, but I realize there is something barbaric about the whole experience. Going to a place to eat cow hind parts. Eventually, eating steak won't be socially acceptable. In two hundred years I'm sure the following conversation will take place:

Reprinted from the book Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan. Copyright © 2014 by Jim Gaffigan. Published by Crown Archetype, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

Jim Gaffigan on Getting Political on Twitter

Jim Gaffigan is known for many things, for which he talks about onstage as a comedian.

Among them: Loving food, fatherhood and Catholicism. Not listed: Politics.

But Gaffigan decided he had to put himself out there last week while watching the 2020 Republican National Convention. Fans and followers of his have noticed the stand-up comedian and actor taking more political stances on Twitter over the past four years. What happened last week struck a different tone, and made him a top trending topic on Twitter for days to come.

It began simply on August 27 with “RIP Truth.”

What followed was this stream…

Gaffigan went all in for several more Tweets over the course of an hour or so. His wife Jeannie Gaffigan, who often writes and directs with Jim on both his stand-up, as well as their TV Land series, even chided him for swearing on social media in front of now 3.2 million followers.


“I just like creating things, whether it’s an acting role or a standup special or even some silly essay,” he says. “I’ve been doing it long enough to know that I can’t get caught up in other people’s expectations. The ego of having your own show, I suppose it’s good. But at what cost? In that situation, we had five young children. What is the purpose of doing something that takes you away from your kids and you can’t outsource? You can’t even let other people write other episodes, because it is so autobiographical.”

Still, some opportunities are too fascinating, or perhaps just too weird, to pass up. Gaffigan admits he felt obligated to open for the supreme pontiff back in Philadelphia, even though he suspected ahead of time that warming the stage for Pope Francis in front of an estimated million-plus devotees in Philadelphia would be a thankless gig.

“There’s certain situations as a comedian that are no-win situations,” says Gaffigan, who is a Catholic. “I couldn’t turn it down. But people who are going to see the Pope speak are not going: ‘I hope the Pope has a comedian opening for him.’ Also, comedy is constructed on a certain level of irreverence or inappropriateness going back to the court jester. I knew going into it, I would disappoint some people by not challenging the position and I knew I was going to disappoint some people with whatever I did being too challenging for the situation. I mean, it was a festival for families. It was outside. There were innumerable things that I knew were going to be a problem.”

Catholic comedian Jim Gaffigan brings kids to Gay Pride parade

Jim Gaffigan | Gaffigan kids at New York Pride Parade, June, 2017. By Pete Baklinski

NEW YORK, June 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Faithful Catholics who love laughing at Jim Gaffigan will be disappointed to learn that the comedian, whose bag of jokes is often influenced by his Catholicism, allowed his kids to watch New York&rsquos Gay Pride Parade over the weekend and tweeted out a picture of them waving rainbow flags.

&ldquoI&rsquom so proud of my gay kids. Happy #pride2017 #pridenyc,&rdquo he tweeted on Sunday.

Even Gaffigan's wife Jeannie used social media to showcase her family watching the homosexual parade go by. "Mom? Is everyone in New York City gay?" her kids asked her.

"They were at the sprinkler park in their bathing suits and the parade just marched by and handed out rainbow flags," she posted on Instagram.

Gaffigan, a graduate of Jesuit-run Georgetown University, is often trotted out by the Catholic world as a comedian who &ldquobrings Catholicism to the masses&rdquo through his gift of humor. Best known for his family-friendly routines on bacon, McDonald&rsquos fries, and bowling, Gaffigan will also get laughs for his jokes about being a Catholic parent with five kids. Gaffigan, who is 51, has often been praised by Catholics for his frank adherence to Catholic teaching against contraception.

The comedian has received accolades from Catholic News Agency, Aleteia, and National Catholic Register. When Pope Francis visited the U.S. in 2015, Gaffigan was honored as being the lone comedian in a warmup act prior to the Pope&rsquos appearance at the Festival of Families.

But there is a side to Gaffigan&rsquos Catholicism that does not square with Catholic teaching. And that&rsquos his take on sexuality.

The Catholic Church teaches that God created humans as &ldquomale and female&rdquo and gave them to each other in marriage so they could &ldquoincrease and multiply.&rdquo Sexual attraction and sexual acts between a male and female are specifically created by God for the purpose of procreation. The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are &ldquoacts of grave depravity&rdquo and &ldquointrinsically disordered&rdquo since they are &ldquocontrary to the natural law&rdquo in that they &ldquoclose the sexual act to the gift of life.&rdquo

&ldquoThey do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved,&rdquo states the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Since God did not make a mistake in creating humans as male and female for one another, the Church also teaches that same-sex attraction is &ldquoobjectively disordered&rdquo since God created members of the opposite sex to be attracted to one another for the sake of procreation.

Based on the content of his shows, Gaffigan takes much more than a &ldquowho am I to judge&rdquo approach to homosexuality.

In a 2012 episode of the TV show Portlandia, Gaffigan plays &ldquoDonald&rdquo who kisses his gay business partner &ldquoStu&rdquo of &ldquoStue&rsquos Stews&rdquo on the lips after the pair successfully sells their first bowl of hot food from a food cart. The front of the food cart consists of a giant image of two naked men in a hot tub filled with stew. In the image, Gaffigan is wearing a hat with the word &ldquoOregon&rdquo in rainbow letters.

Then in 2015, Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie produced The Jim Gaffigan Show which highlights an active gay character, played by Michael Ian Black, whose attraction to and sexual involvement with other men is portrayed as normal and healthy. In the show, the gay character is constantly hitting on other men, often asking them out to lunch as he jokes about condoms and oral sex.

&ldquoI knew exactly what he [Black] would bring [into the show], and he did every time,&rdquo said Jim Gaffigan in a behind-the-scenes explanation on YouTube about the humor behind the gay character.

Gaffigan was praised not only by liberal Catholic media but even by homosexual media for his &lsquoinclusivity&rsquo in the show.

&ldquoThe viewer gets the impression the TV Gaffigans are too busy living out their faith to have a lot of judgmental opinions about other people&rsquos behavior. No wonder the real-life Gaffigans were invited to Pope Francis&rsquo United States visit this September,&rdquo wrote the U.S. Catholic in a 2015 piece about the show.

&ldquoGaffigan takes on homophobia within the Catholic Church in an episode revolving around an antigay pizza chain. In this one storyline, Gaffigan&rsquos overarching motifs of celebrity, religion, homosexuality, and his indefatigable love of food come crashing together,&rdquo wrote Out Smart Magazine in a July 2015 article on Gaffigan&rsquos new show.

The U.S. Catholic praised the show as a &ldquotextbook example of the Jesuit charism for embodying the gospel&rsquos values in the culture of our everyday world.&rdquo

Jim Gaffigan&rsquos wife Jeannie explained in a 2016 interview with National Catholic Register that she thinks that both she and Jim can be good Catholics &mdash on screen and off &mdash without having to judge the actions of people.

&ldquoNo one is finger-wagging at anyone. With the world we live in, what we do is we live our lives, and we&rsquore open about what we do. We&rsquore happy, and we have a lot of joy in our children and in our faith and in our marriage. We&rsquore not turning around and telling everyone if you don&rsquot live this way you&rsquore bad. Be good, and the good will spread, rather than casting judgment on other people,&rdquo she said.

&ldquoThe worst way to evangelize is to go into certain situations where you&rsquore trying to push something down somebody&rsquos throat,&rdquo she added.

Gaffigan kissing his male partner in 'Stue's Stews,' a 2012 episode of TV show Portlandia.

While Jesus teaches that one can never judge someone&rsquos motives or state-of-grace before God, he speaks clearly of judging between good and evil, between weeds and wheat, between good fruit and bad. &ldquoDo not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement,&rdquo said Jesus, as related in the Gospel of John (Jn. 7:24).

LifeSiteNews reached out to Jim Gaffigan by phone and email, asking him if he thinks Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality should change, but did not receive a response by press time.

Gay Pride parades, often touted as &ldquofamily friendly,&rdquo are designed to flaunt homosexual behaviors. It is not uncommon to see participants engaging in mock-homosexual acts as they march along the parade route. Some participants can usually be seen engaging in mock acts of sadomasochism, wearing nothing but leather straps and other bondage gear. Participants perform hyper-sexualized dancing with twerking and grinding. Some groups of marchers go topless. Others are totally nude. Participants want everyone to accept their gay "marriages" and homosexual lifestyles.

The Catholic faith holds that homosexual acts, along with murdering the innocent, depriving a laborer of his wages, and oppressing the poor, are among the four sins that cry to heaven for justice. Those who commit grave sin can only enter heaven if they let go of their sinful ways, asking God for forgiveness and mercy. Jesus teaches that it is the &ldquopure of heart&rdquo who will see God.

Last month Cardinal Carlo Caffarra told participants at the Rome Life Forum that homosexual &ldquomarriage&rdquo comes from the &ldquoculture of the lie&rdquo since it &ldquodenies entirely the truth of marriage&rdquo as it comes from the &ldquomind of God the Creator.&rdquo

&ldquoThe Divine Revelation has told us how God thinks of marriage: the lawful union of a man and woman, the source of life. In the mind of God, marriage has a permanent structure, based on the duality of the human mode of being: femininity and masculinity. Not two opposite poles, but the one with and for the other,&rdquo he said.

Caffarra said that Satan pushes the lie of homosexuality today in his attempt to destroy one of the main pillars of God&rsquos creation, namely marriage. Satan does this, the Cardinal said, by constructing an &ldquoanti-creation&rdquo or &ldquoalternative creation&rdquo where God and every sign of his beauty and goodness have been erased.

&ldquoThis is the ultimate and terrible challenge which Satan is hurling at God,&rdquo he said.

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Comedian and ‘chillest dude’ Jim Gaffigan snaps over Trump and the RNC: ‘Wake up’

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has gone on an extraordinary tirade against Donald Trump, following the US president’s speech at the Republican National Convention this week.

Writer Roxane Gay observed of the usually apolitical Gaffigan: “The president made Jim Gaffigan, the chilliest dude, snap completely.”

“Look Trumpers I get it. As a kid I was a cubs fan and I know you stick by your team no matter what but he’s a traitor and a con man who doesn’t care about you,” Gaffigan wrote.

“Deep down you know it. I’m sure you enjoy pissing people off but you know Trump is a liar and a criminal.”

The 54-year-old asked anyone against ”snobs and elites” to question why they would then support figures such as Ivanka Trump or Jared Kusher.

“Do you think they’ve ever done a real days work in their lives. Wake up,” he said.

Gaffigan dismissed followers who told him he was “destroying his career” and told them to “wake up”.

“If trump gets elected, the economy will never come back. You know he lies. Constantly,” he said. “Yet you dont care? [sic] What because he insults people that make you and me feel dumb? Remember everything Trump accuses the Democrats of he’s guilt of. Dont let the socialist name calling distract you from the fact he is a fascist who has no belief in law.”

Evidence of just how reserved Gaffigan usually is arrived when his wife, Jeannie, scolded him for using the expletive, “f***”.

Responding to accusations of being another of the “Hollywood elite”, Gaffigan tweeted: “Can we stop with this HOLLYWOOD shit. I’m not from Hollywood and Hollywood is just a town.


“Please say coastal elites (which Trump, Jared and Ivana are) Maybe people on the east and west coasts have different values from yours but they dont like liars and con men like trump.”

A number of high-profile figures lauded Gaffigan’s remarks on social media and rejoiced over his “stern dad tone”.

“Good job, MAGA, you broke Jim Gaffigan,” tweeted writer Holly O’Reilly. “I hope you’re happy, because I sure am. It’s about f***ing time, Jim. Welcome to the resistance.”

Mike Birbiglia said: “I know so many entertainers who stay out of discussing politics and don’t speak their mind about the corruption we’re witnessing in the White House because it’s bad for business. My hat is off to @JimGaffigan.

“We all have to stand up to the incompetent bully in the White House.”

Jim Gaffigan Says He Spoke Out Against Trump Because 'I Feel a Responsibility to Coming Generations'

Jim Gaffigan would like to add some thoughts to his viral Twitter thread attacking President Donald Trump.

On Thursday night, during the Republican National Convention, the 54-year-old comedian shared his distaste for the Trump administration, writing directly to Trump supporters in one tweet: "Look Trumpers I get it. As a kid I was a cubs fan and I know you stick by your team no matter what but he&aposs a traitor and a con man who doesn&apost care about you. Deep down you know it. I&aposm sure you enjoy pissing people off but you know Trump is a liar and a criminal."

Gaffigan thanked his fans on Saturday for supporting his tweets, writing on Instagram that it "will get worse if Trump is re-elected."

He added: "The bullying happening on both sides is wrong but Trump won’t even try to fix it. Makes sure you make a plan for how you are going to safely vote."

In a lengthy message on Sunday — which he noted was "too long" for Twitter, so he shared it to Facebook — Gaffigan reflected on some of the backlash he faced for posting about his political views after long choosing to appear "apolitical."

He titled the post "What I’ve Learned Since I Lost My Mind."

"To be clear upfront I don’t think anyone is going to let an actor or a comedian tell them who to vote for despite the fact that the current President is essentially both and actor and a comedian," he wrote. "However, I𠆝 be lying if I didn’t say I want to change some minds. Of course I do, I feel strongly about what is going in our country."

Gaffigan wrote that, while he has "repeatedly expressed support for gay rights and Black Lives Matter on social media" and joked about Trump before, he has also tried to remain nonpartisan during his standup career so as to not alienate half of his potential audience.

But he noted that he couldn&apost hold back this time since he feared the president, 74, was too "charming" and skilled at attracting supporters with "lies."

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The comic and actor, who is dad to five kids — Marre, 15, Jack, 14, Katie, 11, Michael, 9, and Patrick, 8 — with wife Jeannie, 50, said speaking out about what he thinks is right was "more important to me than selling out an arena."

"Honestly, I feel I had no choice at this point. I think Trump is ruining and possibly has already ruined my country," he explained. ". I feel a responsibility to coming generations, my children but selfishly I didn’t want to explain to my grandchildren that I didn’t fight to stop Trump. Maybe they will see that I stood up for decency, rule of law, and equality."

Gaffigan wrote he believes "many of the people who support Trump are good, decent people that have been fed lies and misinformation."

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"There are people that really don’t like Trump," he wrote, "but they do like what Trump is selling."

And so last week, the night he began his Twitter thread, he "realized . if these people were frightened enough by Trump and the GOP lies, they would pinch their nose and vote for Trump."

"Maybe by stepping out of my presumed lane I could help inspire them to do what they already know is right and consider what they are actually voting for rather than feel they had no other choice than to vote for Trump," he wrote. "Did I make a difference? I don’t know."

Gaffigan wrote that vocally opposing Trump on social media "felt liberating" but he also received threatening messages online afterward. "We all know Trump is not a unifier but remember he and his cronies stoke hatred and violence. He may say he is the Law and Order candidate, but he wants chaos so can pretend to provide security."

Apologizing to his wife for using the f-word, Gaffigan concluded the post by encouraging readers to vote their conscience:

"I’m still digesting the whole experience (and still apologizing to my wife, Jeannie, for my profanity) but if you are still on the fence I encourage you to vote not for who I want you to vote for but for who your grandchildren would be proud you f------ voted for. (Sorry, Jeannie.)"

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