For years, Jim Gaffigan has been making people laugh really hard. So what makes one of America’s most popular standup comics laugh? “Ricky Gervais in The Office and Extras. And Brian Regan and Dave Attell,” he responds. Growing up in Indiana in the ’80s, Gaffigan gravitated toward movies like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Airplane! He recalls taping the latter on his VCR and watching it over and over. “I loved how it was so unrelenting with all of the different comedy ideas.” The former appealed to him because of John Candy’s performance. “It has always surprised me that he didn’t get an Academy Award for that. My god, the empathy you felt for him.” Gaffigan used to work in advertising, but after moving to New York to further his career, he pursued his dream of becoming a standup comic and actor instead.