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From Making Graphs to Making Laughs: Jim Gaffigan

From Making Graphs to Making Laughs: Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan’s career wasn’t always as a famous comedian. Gaffigan moved to New York as a young adult to study acting, but he spent his first years working in advertising. Gaffigan tells stories of working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then taking an acting class from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., then performing stand-up until 1 a.m.

“Sometimes I would show up late to work, but luckily, advertising still had that kind of like – oh, eccentric Jim, sleeping in – at his desk. I was essentially just exhausted. They had to wake me up to fire me. The boss had to shake me.”

Gaffigan has always been a fan of comedian and host David Letterman, and after Gaffigan’s first stand-up performance on the David Letterman show, his comedy career began to take off. He comments on how his style didn’t really change, but how the effect of Letterman’s endorsement set him up for success. “My big break was, you know, appearing on ‘Letterman.’ It was a big deal, and the weird thing is because Letterman thought I was good, everyone changed their mind. It changed the narrative surrounding me completely.”

Gaffigan has since added hilarious anecdotes to his life’s narrative. Most popular for his Hot Pockets sketch, Gaffigan has made a career out of finding comedy in every day life.

Come see Jim Gaffigan perform at Riverwind’s Showplace Theatre Friday, July 8. In the meantime, follow us on social media for your chance to win a Father’s Day prize package, which includes two tickets to Jim Gaffigan’s performance, among several other prizes. Follow us for your chance to win!


Riverwind Temporary Closure Extended through April 15 Due to COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of our patrons and employees continues to be of paramount importance. Therefore, we have extended the temporary closure of the casino, the Riverwind Gift Shop and casino restaurants through April 15.

The Riverwind Hotel remains open, as it is deemed an essential business to accommodate those who still need to travel at this time.

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Thank you very much for your loyalty and your understanding as we navigate this difficult time.