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April 13, 2007

Comedian Jim Gaffigan to perform at Elliott Hall of Music

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Stand-up comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan will perform a show suitable for all ages at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 in Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music.

Purdue's Student Concert Committee is presenting the performance.

Gaffigan is known for his quiet comedic style that has earned him 11 appearances on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" and 16 appearances on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

In 2006 Gaffigan made the leap from comedy clubs to a yearlong sold-out national theater tour accompanied by his hit hour special, "Beyond The Pale," on Comedy Central. The "Beyond The Pale" DVD was certified gold within six months and the "Beyond The Pale" CD has sold more than 100,000 units. Gaffigan is currently headlining a 30-city Comedy Central Live national theater tour and will announce a fall theater tour in April.

Gaffigan is a series regular on TBS' hit comedy, "My Boys," which will premier new episodes in July. Gaffigan and Conan O'Brien star as animated superheroes in "Pale Force," which Gaffigan co-writes and provides the voices for all of the characters. In a deal with, 26 Web-only episodes were created and Gaffigan made monthly appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" to introduce the new Web-only episodes.

He can be seen in the upcoming motion picture, "Stephanie Daley," which premiered at Sundance in 2006. Gaffigan co-starred in the 2006 film "The Great New Wonderful" and has been featured in "Super Troopers," "Igby Goes Down" and "Three Kings," among others. He starred in his own television sitcom, "Welcome to New York" and co-starred in "The Ellen Show." Gaffigan has had recurring roles on "That '70s Show" and "Ed" and guest roles on numerous hit shows including "Sex and the City," "Third Watch" and all three incarnations of "Law and Order."

Gaffigan's comedy is for all ages, and he uses clean language.

Gaffigan told in a 2005 interview, "I've always felt like when I have cursed in the past that it's been kind of cheating ? That's not to say that dirty jokes aren't funny. It's just that I feel like [not cursing] is a bigger mountain to climb."

Tickets are $34 for the general public and $22 for Purdue and Ivy Tech students and children under age 19; prices include a facilities fee.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 8 at the Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center box offices at (765) 494-3933 and at Ticketmaster at (765) 743-5151.

Sources: Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, (765) 494-5045,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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