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Jim Gaffigan's Summer Stand Up Tour

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Gaffigan will tour the US and Canada to promote his latest comedy special.

Jim Gaffigan's Summer Stand Up Tour

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan announced that he will tour North America this summer to promote his stand up special, Mr. Universe. Gaffigan will be accompanied on the road by his wife and children. He tweeted earlier today, "If you live in NY, QC, ON, PA, MA, NH, VA, SC, GA, FL, TN, NC, OH and hear screaming this summer. I'm on a summer bus tour with my kids." 

Gaffigan has become one of the most successful stand up comedians of his era. His unique brand of comedy, which concentrates mostly on his love of laying around and eating junk food, distinguishes him from the edgy, expletive-filled material of his contemporaries.

In order to sell Mr. Universe, Gaffigan decided to follow the innovative marketing strategy of Louis CK. Gaffigan's stand up special is available on his official website for the price of five dollars and one dollar of every sale goes directly to charity.  Mr. Universe delivers classic Gaffigan comedy—a ten minute bit is devoted to McDonald's. 

"Nobody admits to going to McDonalds— they sell 6 billion  hamburgers a day, there's only 300 million people in this country. I'm not a calculus teacher, but I think everyone's lying."

While riffing on McDonald's, he incorporates his own type of social commentary , "maybe instead of buying a big mac you read Us Weekly [...] or maybe you watch Glee. it's all McDonald's, McDonald's of the soul."

A lot of the jokes will come directly from Mr. Universe, but attendees should expect nearly half the material to be brand new. Gaffigan plans to poke fun at the unique cuisine of each city he lands in. The citizens of Montreal are known to love shellfish. To Gaffigan "shellfish are just bugs who happen to be good at holding their breath." He intends to comment on the barbecue in Kansas City and the steak in Omaha. 

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