Friday, July 25, 2014

Comedian Jim Gaffigan believes having children has made him a better man

By Megan Christensen, Deseret News

Published: Thu, May 8 2:30 p.m. MDT

 Actor Jim Gaffigan attends the American Comedy Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, April 23, 2014 in New York. Gaffigan is the subject of a Facebook post that's attracting attention this week.

Actor Jim Gaffigan attends the American Comedy Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, April 23, 2014 in New York. Gaffigan is the subject of a Facebook post that's attracting attention this week.

(Brad Barket, Invision, Associated Press)

Between his stand-up comedy routines and life in New York City, Jim Gaffigan is busy raising five kids with his wife, Jeannie.

According to a Focus on the Family Facebook post from September 2013 that resurfaced Wednesday, Gaffigan responded to the question "Why so many kids?" with "Well, why not?"

"What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life," Gaffigan said.

The Gaffigan family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City, according to National Public Radio.

"We're now on our third set of downstairs neighbors, but when our two preceding neighbors were moving, they asked us to hide the fact that we had children from prospective buyers ... there's been moments where we've had to hide our children in a bedroom, and it feels like a scene from 'Sound of Music,' you know," Gaffigan said in an interview with NPR.

Gaffigan told NPR that babies are like antidepressants, because it's hard to be in a bad mood around a baby.

Being a family man, Gaffigan takes off work on Sundays to spend time with his kids, according to the New York Times.

The Gaffigans attend church at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral before heading to the park to meet up with other families, the New York Times reported.

In an interview with David Letterman, Gaffigan said that having five kids is like waterbed stores — they used to be everywhere, and now they're considered unusual. But Gaffigan loves his large family.

Megan Marsden Christensen is an intern with the Deseret News writing for the Faith & Family section. She recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communication.

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1. HaHaHaHa
Othello, WA,
May 9, 2014

Gaffigan is truly the funniest comedian out there. His unique style and delivery are very enjoyable and refreshing. I agree with his comments about being a father to his children...each one does make you a better man. As a father of a large family myself, I can completely agree. I think anyone who doesn't agree, would have to be the most self absorbed, short sighted individual I could imagine.

2. Father of 8
Evanston, WY,
May 9, 2014

I think it was Dennis Prager who I heard talking to a woman who complained that all the good men were married, his answer was simple, "that because marriage makes men better". Taking on and living up to responsibilities is one of the most important steps in growing. Marriage and children are major responsibilities, and will therefore result in major growth.

3. dmcvey
Los Angeles, CA,
May 9, 2014

Hmmm. I wonder how Gaffigan feels about Focus On the Family using him to advance their agenda.