You leave after 45 minutes feeling like you need more from Jim — I guess that’s the point.
Amazon special stand-up Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist was released on the platform on July 24, 2020. Check-out our other stand-up reviews.
Jim Gaffigan is so likeable. Even when his jokes do not land as effectively, his likeability perseveres and it’s almost like you laugh due to affirmation anyway. He just has a way with the stage, keeping himself a mean competitor in the comedy world.
Amazon’s Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist brings two stand-up specials; one performed in Canada and the other in Barcelona where he attempts to speak any Spanish he knows. For the purpose of this review, I am basing the experience from the Canada episode — both will be uniquely different due to location and subsequently, was the reason behind the title.
Jim Gaffigan has a way with geography and culture it seems. Most of The Pale Tourist sees the comedian dissecting Canada on the map; highlighting their half-done, non-threatening flag before raising the nuisances regarding Canada’s territory. The comedian has a way of making Canada’s choice of naming locations seem like they lack common sense and everything was half-assed in the making. The reaction from the audience is obvious to Jim’s success as they lap up every sentence he delivers regarding their culture. It’s brilliant comedy.
And for a stand-up, it’s a respectable 45-minutes, swaying apart from the new age 70-minute format that can often feel exhausted and long. You leave after 45-minutes feeling like you need more from Jim — I guess that’s the point. Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist is a tease if anything — there’s this need for him to jump back on stage once it ends and it never comes.
Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist adds to the list of impressive stand-ups on Amazon — a platform that appears to be growing in stature in this arena.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.