Dad Is Fat

Dad Is Fat

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Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids.

Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content to be "that weird uncle who lives in an apartment by himself in New York that everyone in the family speculates about." But all that changed when he married and found out his wife, Jeannie "is someone who gets pregnant looking at babies."

Five kids later, the comedian whose riffs on everything from Hot Pockets to Jesus have scored millions of hits on YouTube, started to tweet about the mistakes and victories of his life as a dad. Those tweets struck such a chord that he soon passed the million followers mark. But it turns out 140 characters are not enough to express all the joys and horrors of life with five kids, so hes' now sharing it all in Dad Is Fat.

From new parents to empty nesters to Jim's twenty-something fans, everyone will recognize their own families in these hilarious takes on everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to growing up in a big family ("I always assumed my father had six children so he could have a sufficient lawn crew") to changing diapers in the middle of the night ("like The Hurt Locker but much more dangerous") to bedtime (aka "Negotiating with Terrorists").

Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804148023
0804148023
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (5 hr., 26 min., 31 sec.)) :,digital

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JCLJoyceM Jul 14, 2017

Jim Gaffigan is either crazy or brave to raise five children in a two-bedroom New York apartment. Taking all on an outing to the park, or anywhere else, on the subway is an adventure. And his brood is too many to legally fit in a New York cab. This is not as hilarious as “Food: A Love Story” but still worth the listen.

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SaraColorado
Dec 31, 2016

Such a fun read! I highly recommend this for a fun laugh and a lighthearted look at parenthood. Love!

DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

I kept getting the feeling that I'd read this book before. I mean, granted, the subject (comedian writes book about being a parent) is not new - Bill Cosby, Paul Reiser, and I don't know who else have covered the topic in writing, and many other stand-up comedians use their children and their family life as the basis of their comedy. But I honestly felt like I'd read these particular jokes before. Either Gaffigan was recycling some of his stand-up material, or I have actually read this book. At any rate, my sister had this on her to-read list, so I figured it would be interesting to re-read the book from her viewpoint.
Gaffigan and his wife have five children and, to plagiarize Cosby, the reason they have five children is because they do not want six children. He also grew up in a large family. One of the best parts of the book is the chapter titled, "Six kids, Catholic", in which he relates that this was his standard response (and explanation) when people asked him about his large family; he uses the same response now when people ask him about his kids, but he said religion had nothing to do with him and his wife having so many kids. (wink, wink; nudge, nudge) A lot of the comedy in the book is based not only on their children, but the special problems involved with having such a large group of kids - outings to the park, family vacations, dwindling lists of babysitters. Because the family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York, even getting all the kids to bed at night is a major undertaking.
There were several laugh-out-loud moments, and quite a few chuckles, but overall I wasn't wowed by the book. One of the other reviewers said she listened to the audiobook, which Gaffigan himself narrated, and I think that would have been better; I really like Gaffigan's stand-up, and delivery is a big part of his comedy. But, like with a lot of other books written by comedians, this one left me feeling disappointed.

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firebreather
Oct 14, 2016

I have read over 70 books just in this calendar year (2016) but no book has been as funny and has brought me as much unmitigated enjoyment as Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. The fact that this audiobook is read by the author in his inimitable style is definitely a huge bonus.

This book is a series of essays, mostly quite short. He makes it adequately clear in the foreword. If you have seen Jim Gaffigan do his stand up routines, a lot of his material is about food and how he loves eating. There is no shortage of food references in this book, but this mostly centers around parenting. Having a toddler at home at the time of reading this, I had a really strong sense of identification with most of the vignettes he describes, which is why this was so much fun. Of course Jim Gaffigan has 5 children and lives in an apartment in New York City - which by itself helps create a lot of unusual material for his comedy. His vivid descriptions, use of analogies and deadpan delivery style make him totally stand out as a comedian in general but definitely in this book.

A word of caution if you plan to listen to the audiobook version - I had so many fits of laughing listening to this, I was worried I might get distracted while driving. So if you are listening to the audio version make sure you are in a place where you can laugh without abandon, and at the same time without endangering or annoying other people.

When I recommend books I always qualify my recommendation with mention of the appropriate audience that might enjoy the book. This one is an exception - not only do I recommend this unqualified to everyone, I actually intend to make my friends and family listen to it.

AL_ALICIA Aug 25, 2016

While I didn't enjoy the fact that this book duplicates a lot of Gaffigan's more popular stand-up, it did still provide a few new laughs here and there. I always enjoy humor audiobooks read by the author themselves and this one didn't disappoint in delivering a lighthearted audiobook for my commute. Overall I didn't love it or hate it.

CatherineG_1 Jun 05, 2016

As another reviewer said, I was laughing so hard my husband had me read out many passages. My favourites were Gaffigan and his wife trying to sleep, go out and hire a babysitter for their children. As Jim said, this book is good for those who have been a child or had children. Definitely a fun read!

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NemoSum
Mar 24, 2016

I cannot count the number of passages from this book I felt compelled to read out loud to my wife. A book we both enjoyed, full of short vignettes about parenting in the city.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

Dad is Fat is an entertaining book written with Gaffigan's signature humor. I think it is more tailored towards parents, but it was still funny to me as a non-parent.

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DollyWannaCracker
Aug 01, 2015

An adorable read. Funny, heartwarming, and honest, Dad is Fat is a spectacular summer read, or any time of the year.

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MADKC4Ever
Jul 07, 2015

As somebody has said below me, in this book you notice bits from his stand-up, literally word for word, popping up all over the book. That annoyed me a little bit, especially because the same thing happened in his more recent book "Food: A Love Story." I did laugh throughout the book, even though I don't have kids myself, and I do like Jim Gaffigan and his stand-up, so I did like this book. I just wish he would come up with something new for his books.

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sems77
Jun 20, 2014

This is Jim's take on raising 5 kids in NYC. As a parent and fan of his standup I found it very funny.

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