‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ Season 2 ramps up the celeb cameos and the absurdity
If Franz Kafka had been a comedian, he might have written The Jim Gaffigan Show.
In Season 2 of his TV Land sitcom, which kicks off on June 19 at 10 p.m. ET, Gaffigan and company ratchet up their odd, slightly dystopian world view for more absurd situations and even a bit of social (media) commentary. At the center of it all is the portly, balding, endlessly snacking and entertaining Gaffigan, a truly Kafkaesque figure who is constantly waking up in a world that he barely understands.
Gaffigan’s thoughtfully baffled worldview is nowhere more in evidence than in the first few episodes, which I previewed. In them, he comically lays bare the foibles of fatherhood, religion, social media, comedy and fame. This could risk coming off as overbearing and edgy, but instead an innate affection, evident in all of Gaffigan’s comedy, shines through. He’s derisive of religion in “The Calling,” while simultaneously seeking deeper meaning. He tears into social media and political correctness in “The Trial,” while reminding jurors, through a series of pop song lyrics, that we’re really all just one big family and should stop judging each other. Read more…