Jim Gaffigan Hops on the Self-Publishing Standup Train for His Next Special


Jim Gaffigan is taking a cue from Louis C.K. and the Great Paypal Experiment of 2011. He’ll be releasing his one-hour special Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe as a $5 download on his website, and he’ll also donate $1 per download to charity. “If no one buys the special or if lots of people steal it then I suppose I will lose a lot of money and have egg on my face,” he said. “But then again I have four kids, so I am always losing money and usually have egg or some kind of food on my face so it might just feel normal.” Good for him! It’s exciting that self-publishing may be slowly, slowly becoming the norm for standup comics. Slowly.