‘Jim Gaffigan Show’ treats Catholicism seriously, but in a funny way

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August 3, 2015

Jim Gaffigan, the comic actor known both for his funny books like "Dad Is Fat" and "Food: A Love Story" and his inclusion of his Catholicism in his stand-up routines, is pictured in a 2010 photo. Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, have collaborated on a new TV Land cable sitcom, "The Jim Gaffigan Show." (CNS photo/courtesy of TV Land) See GAFFIGAN June 15, 2015.

Jim Gaffigan, the comic actor known both for his funny books like “Dad Is Fat” and “Food: A Love Story” and his inclusion of his Catholicism in his stand-up routines, is pictured in a 2010 photo. Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, have collaborated on a new TV Land cable sitcom, “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” (CNS photo/courtesy of TV Land)

NEW YORK (CNS) — Faith and comedy can make for an uncomfortable combination.

Wits who engage in this volatile mix obviously need to avoid outright irreverence or the trivialization of the sacred. Yet they also have to be wary of artificial restraint since all genuine humor depends, to some degree at least, on a sense of realism and recognition.

So plaudits are due to the folks behind the new TV Land program “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” Remarkably, they’ve managed to strike just the right balance between the weighty topic of religious devotion and the comically challenging situations to which the exercise of Catholic piety can all too often lead in today’s mixed-up world.

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