It's time for romantics to read this column and go, "Awww, that's so cute."
In between raising three children in their New York home, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie Noth Gaffigan sit around and write jokes together for his stage act and albums.
"We write everything together. It's this true partnership -- in everyday life and creativity," he says.
He calls their marriage "a never ending conversation."
Jim and Jeannie met through the industry. She's an actress but she writes her own projects, too.
"People always kind of go, 'Oh. You write with your wife?' " Gaffigan, 44, says.
"I know that's odd, because stand-up is a solitary thing. But she just understands my comedic point of view.
"She's very funny, even if it's just coming up with a Twitter blurb," he says.
"And the fact she's the most desirable woman on the planet to me is this incredible benefit."
The Gaffigans are so tight, he says he experiences life much differently without her.
"I'll travel to a city, and I'll have one perception of it. And then I'll travel back with my wife, and we'll have a completely different experience," he says.
I told him that brand of co-dependency is underrated. He bristles at the word "co-dependent," although I didn't really mean anything negative by it.
"You can paint any relationship in a negative perspective. But I am so grateful from a creative standpoint, a romantic standpoint, and intellectual fulfillment. Also, she's an amazing mother.
"I think she would definitely have strong feelings about the phrasing, 'co-dependent.' Is a mother that takes care of her three children 'co-dependent' on her children? You know what I mean?"
Since they work at home, their kids benefit.
"Because of our schedules, we're around them all day -- as opposed to a job where the mom or the dad gets home at 8 o'clock at night."
Jeannie is coming to Las Vegas with Jim this week.
"The baby-sitting situation is ideal. There are aunts and uncles, so there are not issues of child abandonment," he says.
Once the happy couple arrive, Gaffigan will go onstage to perform his nontopical material about bacon and such.
"I don't want to be Al Franken," he says, meaning he doesn't want to do political material.
"I just want to do my shows at The Mirage, date my beautiful wife, buy a steak, and go to our fancy room that is too nice."
Doug Elfman's column appears Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. E-mail him at delfman @reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.