Jim Gaffigan, one of our fave joke spinners and a stalwart crank of the Lower East Side, seems to be up to some new tricks at one of our favorite old neighborhood institutions, the Tenement Museum. The second season of Gaffigan’s eponymous show premieres on TV Land on June 19 (Father’s Day, fitting for the man whose shtick is corralling five kids around town).
Last year we caught him filming at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral and then again this year at Peter Cooper Park. Now a photo on the Tenement Museum’s Facebook page shows the preternaturally rumpled star standing in one of the re-created apartments, two mini-Gaffs wearing long underwear by his feet. The trio appear to be dressed in period costume of sorts, Papa Gaff holding what looks like a bottle of wine, his face covered in soot.
Jon Pace, the museum’s communication manager, tells us that the show was filming a segment on Friday in the Confino apartment–usually it’s used for the kiddie tours, with a live actress playing Victoria Confino, a Sephardic Jewish Greek immigrant who lived there in 1913. According to Pace, it was the first time a scripted show or film has ever filmed inside the museum. Maybe the first of more star-studded partnerships? We can only imagine what Girls or Broad City would get up to in there.
Since Pace wouldn’t reveal the contents of the scene, we can only guess that Gaffigan enlists his family in an ill-fated gambit to play the actors on a tenement tour. After all, the museum’s tours, exposing the close quarters of large immigrant families sharing space in tiny railroad apartments, sound…quite similar to Gaffigan’s brood of fives kids plus two adults squeezing into a LES two bedroom. Only a few more weeks to find out.