Are you a bad food influence on your kids, food-wise?
"I’m a very negative force. So a lot of the special time I spend with my children is me going to a place and eating what I enjoy. Some dads bring their sons to baseball games, I bring my son to Katz’s Deli to have some pastrami or to have some perogis. That kind of thing."
So what's in the Gaffigan kitchen?
"My wife is in charge of the food, so there’s the Whole Foods version of junk food -- that they’ve obviously over-charged her for -- that they will eat. So like KIND bars, whatever that is; my nine-year old consumes like 30 of those a day. But there’s a lot of hummus… it’s pretty healthy. It’s like pasta made of bark. Stuff like that."
What's a typical dinnertime like in the Gaffigan household?
"It’s very loud. There’s a certain witching hour where you’re like, 'We gotta put these kids to bed or… kill them.' So pasta is a big thing. Kids love pasta. Pizza is the national food of kids. But yeah, dinner is a little chaotic. The good thing about stand up is that I can eat with them, pretend to eat vegetables, and then later on I get something good. But I think it’s important to eat with your children. That's a time when I tell them, 'Use a fork. Stop stabbing your brother…' that kind of thing."