Adam Goldberg stars opposite Jim Gaffigan as stand-up comedian Dave Marks on TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” After landing a career-launching role in Richard Linklater's 1992 classic ode to high school in the 70s "Dazed and Confused," Goldberg bounced with ease from roles in blockbuster movies to Oscar-winning films to sleeper indie hits, including notable turns as a doomed soldier in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winner "Saving Private Ryan," with Tom Hanks; a scientist classmate and friend of Russell Crowe's character in Ron Howard's Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind"; a slacker in Linklater's "Waking Life"; a zombie henchman of Christopher Walken's angel Gabriel in Gregory Widen's "The Prophecy"; the voice of a Jack Russell Terrier in George Miller's "Babe: Pig in the City"; a physicist in the Tony Scott thriller “Deja Vu,” opposite Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel; the hero of Jonathan Kesselman's 'Jewsploitation' comedy "The Hebrew Hammer"; a speed freak in D.J. Caruso's drug noir "The Salton Sea," with Val Kilmer; starring as Jack in the sleeper hit “2 Days in Paris,” opposite Julie Delpy; and as a tortured musician in “(Untitled),” opposite Marley Shelton, among many others. Goldberg also starred in “Rebirth” for Netflix, “Between Us” with Ben Feldman and Olivia Thirlby and “Once Upon a Time in Venice” with Bruce Willis.
A filmmaker in his own right, Goldberg wrote, directed, co-edited, produced and starred in "Scotch and Milk," which debuted at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 1998, played at festivals all over the world and was featured on the Sundance Channel series "10 Best Films You May Never Have Seen." In 2003, Goldberg co-wrote and directed his second feature "I Love Your Work," which was produced through his production company and released by THINKFilm. Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson, and with cameos by Vince Vaughn and Elvis Costello, the film is about the gradual meltdown of a movie star. Goldberg composed the film's original music with The Flaming Lips's Steven Drozd. In addition, Goldberg directed, co-edited and produced the comic documentary short "Running with the Bulls" for IFC and has directed several music videos. In 2015, Goldberg wrote, directed, produced and starred in his third feature as a filmmaker “No Way Jose.” In this “coming-of-middle-age” comedy, Goldberg plays Jose Stern, an erstwhile indie rocker on the verge of turning 40 who is relegated to playing children's birthday parties and has just been kicked to the curb by his fiancee. The film also stars Ahna O'Reilly, Emily Osment, Gillian Jacobs and Pat Healy.
Goldberg is no stranger to television, with comedic roles ranging from the deranged Eddie from "Friends,” a hapless townie on "My Name Is Earl" and a hilarious arc as an overeager Medellin producer on "Entourage" to dramatic turns on everything from "ER" to "Medium." He also starred as Detective Eric Delahoy, a cop with a brain tumor, on the ABC series “The Unusuals” and portrayed hitman "Mr. Numbers" to great acclaim in FX's award-winning series “Fargo,” among countless other roles.
Goldberg is also a musician. He released three acclaimed psych pop records under the moniker The Goldberg Sisters and collaborated with the likes of Steven Drozd from The Flaming Lips and Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart. The Goldberg Sisters's most recent offering "Stranger's Morning" was produced and performed entirely by Goldberg.
In addition to all his film, television and music work, Goldberg is also a photographer who utilizes a variety of vintage analog cameras and film stocks.
Ashley Williams is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses and continues to bring her talents to comedies and dramas in the mediums of film, television and theater. She stars alongside popular comedian Jim Gaffigan on “The Jim Gaffigan Show” playing Jeannie Gaffigan, Jim’s TV wife (based on his real-life wife) and the constant reality check he needs when he's struggling to balance stand-up comedy, an insatiable appetite and raising five kids in a two-bedroom apartment.
Williams appeared alongside Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in the critically acclaimed film “A Most Violent Year.” She also starred in the Warner Bros. film “Something Borrowed” alongside Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. Her other film credits include the Oscar-nominated indie film “Margin Call,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and starred Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto. Williams first won over audiences as a teenager when she played Meg Ryan's daughter Dani Andropoulos on “As the World Turns.” She also starred alongside Mark Feuerstein on the NBC television series “Good Morning, Miami” and on the Lifetime telefilm “Montana Sky.” Williams also had a memorable recurring role on the comedy “How I Met Your Mother” as Victoria, “the one that got away” for Ted (Josh Radnor). In an online poll conducted by the show's production team, Williams's Victoria was voted the character fans of the show most wanted to be "the mother." Her other television credits include recurring roles on the Holly Hunter series “Saving Grace,” “Warehouse 13” and "Huff" as well as guest-starring roles on “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Monk,” "The Mentalist," "The Good Wife," "Psych" and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” to name a few.
Born in Westchester, NY, Williams studied at Boston University’s renowned School of Theatre and spent a year abroad at LAMDA and RADA in London. She was a member of the acting company at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival at Williams College. Her first job out of college was understudying both Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol in the Off-Broadway play “The Shape of Things,” which was written and directed by Neil LaBute. At various times during the run of the play, Williams performed both roles. She also starred alongside Wendie Malick in the Off-Broadway play “Burleigh Grimes” at Dodger Stages. She starred on Broadway opposite Tom Skerritt and Sebastian Arcelus in “A Time to Kill,” based on the best-selling John Grisham novel. Williams produced projects for Hallmark as well as in the independent film and new media spaces. In addition to all of these other interests, Williams is also a birth doula, offering emotional, physical and informational support to mothers and their partner leading up to labor, through childbirth and throughout postpartum. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York with her husband and young son.
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer and multiplatinum-selling father of five. Gaffigan stars as a fictional version of himself on “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” lauded by the Los Angeles Times as “fun and funny” and People Magazine as “one of summer TV’s bright spots,” was developed by Peter Tolan along with Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, who both also serve as executive producers and showrunners. The single-camera comedy co-stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg and revolves around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.
Gaffigan became one of only 10 comics in history to sell out Madison Square Garden and had the honor of performing in front of Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Gaffigan’s fourth special ("Beyond the Pale" in 2006, "King Baby" in 2009, "Mr. Universe" in 2012), "Obsessed" premiered on Comedy Central in 2014, and the DVD/CD was released soon after by Comedy Central Records. "Obsessed" premiered at number one on iTunes, which marked the fifth time Gaffigan reached the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for Best Comedy Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards. In 2013, Jim’s first book Dad Is Fat was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at number five on The New York Times best-seller list and remained on the list for 17 weeks. His second book "Food: A Love Story" was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at number three on The New York Times best-sellers list.
In addition to his own television show, widely popular stand-up comedy and best-selling books, Gaffigan has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas ranging from “Portlandia” to HBO's cult hits “Flight of the Concords” and “Bored to Death” to dramatic roles in all three versions of Law & Order. On the silver screen, his credits include “Three Kings,” “Hot Pursuit,” “Super Troopers” and “17 Again” among many others. Taking a dramatic turn, Gaffigan co-starred alongside Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder in Magnolia Pictures’s 2015 drama “Experimenter” and opposite Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Ron Perlman and Elisabeth Moss in the independent film “The Bleeder.”
Gaffigan was born in Elgin, IL, and is the youngest of six children. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Jeannie and their five children.
Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black is a multimedia talent who starred in numerous films and TV series; wrote and/or directed two films; is a published author and commentator; and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He stars alongside popular comedian Jim Gaffigan on “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” Black plays Daniel, Jim’s wife Jeannie’s (Ashley Williams) best friend and former boyfriend who not-so-secretly dislikes Jim. Black also stars on Comedy Central’s “Another Period” and reprised his iconic film role in the first season of the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” His third stand-up comedy special “Noted Expert” debuted on EPIX.
Black's two previous stand-up specials are “Very Famous” and “I Am a Wonderful Man.” He and Tom Cavanagh host the popular podcast “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.” He also writes and hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, "Topics," and his own interview podcast “How to Be Amazing.” He also hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever” on Pop. Sketch comedy fans know Black’s work on “The State,” “Viva Variety,” “Stella” and “Michael & Michael Have Issues,” all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in. Other TV credits include quirky bowling alley manager Phil on the NBC series “Ed” and his witty commentary on cable’s “I Love the… ” series. He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim. Black’s movie roles include acting in “Slash,” “Smosh: The Movie,” “They Came Together,” “Hell Baby,” “This Is 40,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.” Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. He also co-wrote the comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run” directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton.
He recently released his well-reviewed second memoir "Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)" following 2012’s "You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations." Also in 2012, he collaborated with conservative Meghan McCain on "America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom." He’s the author of "My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face)" and children's books "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop!," "Naked!," "Chicken Cheeks," "The Purple Kangaroo," "A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea" and "I'm Bored." He also writes book reviews for The New York Times.
Originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Black resides with his family in the wilds of Connecticut.