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Jim Gaffigan on Joking for Pope Francis

Comedian and Indiana native Jim Gaffigan has been mining his evolving Catholic faith for humor in the current season of The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land. But the jokes could get very real this weekend when he performs at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia—for an audience that is expected to include Pope Francis on his first visit to the United States. “I think I might be opening for the popemobile driving in,” Gaffigan quipped in an interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

“My faith is very personal,” he continued. “It’s not something that I want to project on other people, but some of my fear and anxiety surrounding it, I think, provides some good comedy for my act.”

Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.