Dad Is Fat

Dad Is Fat

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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In Dad is Fat , stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who's best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children--everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers' communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four year olds ("there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor"). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby's Fatherhood , 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 : Crown Archetype, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385349055
Branch Call Number: 814.6 Gaffi
Characteristics: xi, 274 pages : illustrations

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JCLRachelW Apr 07, 2020

Jim Gaffigan is a treasure with corny jokes, clever wit, well-placed sarcasm, and clear, eye-opening remarks about the facts of life.

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kathihess
Jul 19, 2018

Great. Just as funny as you would expect it to be if you’ve heard his routine. Too much fun. 😹

smc01 Jul 09, 2018

A fun, light-hearted listening experience that's perfect for a car trip. Any parent can relate to most of what Gaffigan says. I appreciate his gentle, family-centred humour in this age of dark, no-holds barred comedy.

JCLEmilyD Mar 21, 2018

A laugh out loud funny book! Written by stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, you'll enjoy this book about the true life horrors and joys of a parent raising a multitude of children in New York City. Try it in on Audio Book, Gaffigan reads it himself!

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AliceGiraffe
Feb 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. Very funny. I hope to read more of his work.

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LaVelleG
Jan 14, 2018

I love Jim Gaffigan... I love his comedy. An audio book by Jim Gaffigan, ready by Jim Gaffigna, sounds like Jim, reading you his comedy...just doesn't translate.

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.

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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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