This week's show comes to you from the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Ore. Comedian, author and actor Jim Gaffigan talks about his upcoming book Food: A Love Story, the food he loves, and the food he just doesn’t really understand. Comedian, actor and musician Reggie Watts improvises a song about a beaver who is no good at building dams and singer/songwriter Thao Nguyen wows the audience with her Appalachian-infused rock and roll. Plus, Tom Waits, President Chester Alan Arthur and an immortal stegosaurus want to sell you bubbled gum.
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated Comedian, New York Times Best Selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. His fourth and most recent hour special (“Beyond the Pale” 2006, “King Baby” 2009, “Mr. Universe” 2012), “Obsessed” charted #1 on iTunes which gives Gaffigan five albums in the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. In May of 2013, Gaffigan's first book ‘Dad is Fat’ debuted at #5 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List and remained on the list for 17 weeks after. Gaffigan has had breakout guest appearances on many comedies and dramas ranging from “Portlandia” to HBO's cult hits "Flight of the Conchords" and "Bored to Death" to dramatic roles in all three versions of "Law & Order". In recent years, Gaffigan has also become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in "Going the Distance", "Away We Go" and "It's Kind of a Funny Story." Further broadening his career, he starred in his first Broadway production, “That Championship Season." He is currently on a 50-city national tour called Jim Gaffigan: The White Bread Tour.
Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie Watts ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years." As a solo performer, Reggie was crowned “Hot Comedian” by Rolling Stone, named SPIN Magazine’s “Best New Comedian” and “Best of CMJ” 2010, and a featured profile in GQ’s Man Of The Year issue 2010. Reggie’s most recent release ‘A Live at Central Park’ is currently available on CD/DVD through Comedy Central Records and on iTunes. On screen, Reggie has appeared on Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s The Yes Men Save The World, Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, Iceland TV, UK’s Funny Or Die, PBS’ Electric Company, and currently stars as house band leader on the IFC original series Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman.
Growing up in Falls Church, VA, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at the age of 12. She spent most of her 20s touring, supporting one critically acclaimed album after another, while working with Andrew Bird, Mirah, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, amongst others. She’s also spent time advocating for those incarcerated in the SF county jail and CA state prison system.