I laughed while driving in traffic. Yeah. It's that funny. (I was listening to the audio version. Don't freak out.)
Dear Jim Gaffigan,
A while ago, a friend of mine (shout out to Jeremy) recommended your book, Food: A Love Story. He said it was pretty good and I should read it. Now, I will admit that I’d heard of you and I kinda thought you were funny. But I was not a hard core fan.
Then I started the audio version of this book. When I heard you say you were from northwestern Indiana I thought well hello, fellow Hoosier. I grew up in north central Indiana, so we were neighbors and didn’t even know it. It also explains why you are so pale. (For the rest of you: thanks to the permacloud created by Lake Michigan, any part of northern Indiana only sees the sun for maybe one day from November to May.) We’re a very pale group of people in general, but you sir, take it to a whole other level. Kudos.
So anyway, back to your book. Like I said, I got the audio version because I love when comedians read their own work. I enjoyed getting to hear all your favorite stories about food. Living in Nashville, like I do, I thought you could have mentioned a little more about our Hot Chicken - because it’s, like, a thing here. But maybe you can get around to it in your sequel, Food Too: Are you Gonna Eat That? (I don’t know if you have a title picked out for you next book or not, but feel free to use that one. I’ll share.)
Usually I listen to audio books in my car on the way to and from work. In case you aren’t aware, Nashville traffic is now horrendous. Give yourself an hour if you are going anywhere farther than a block away from home. The goal is for audio books to keep me calm and distracted so I don’t worry about all the stupid things my fellow drivers are doing (you know who you are).
But here’s the thing: your book made me laugh. Out loud. In traffic. I’ve got 14 cars trying to merge into the two inches of space in front of me, I’ve about been hit three times, there’s a semi that’s driving down the middle of two lanes, and I’ve gone 3 feet in 45 minutes, but I’m sitting there laughing out loud at your crazy food stories. It was awesome and I was sad when it ended.
So thank you Jim Gaffigan for your funny book. You have no idea the number of lives you saved.