Dad is Fat is a written script for his standup routine. I am a big fan of Jim's, but this is just stuff I've heard not delivered well. All "funny" parts of his book were not funny to me because I have listened to all of his standup and have heard these jokes before.
If you haven't heard his standup routines you would probably really enjoy it though! I would suggest listening to him on stage though. It's a much better performance.
Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
We now LOVE Jim Gaffigan after listening to his book and we highly recommend this book as a funny, funny book, suitable for long car rides. The topic centers around two topics, his 5 kids and his weight, but mostly the challenges of having 5 kids in New York City.
The best thing about this is that is read by the author who is a comedian, and thus this is a comedy record, not so much a comedy book that happens to be an audiobook. Gaffigan provides the comedic timing and the character necessary in making the whole thing funny.
Another thing I liked about it was there was little need for blue humor, litanies of foul language or explicit descriptions of sex and sexual situations but he does mention how those 5 kids do come out into the world. Something about an home birth. Home births can be funny, if you aren't the one who is pregnant. So if the record were a movie I'd rate it a PG-13 or even PG, which is good if you want some laughs without the F-word thrown in every two minutes.
It sounds like he is talking with cotton in his mouth throughout the entire book.
I kind of wish I hadn't bought it because it was mostly a rehashing of all his material. And while I understand that creating stand up material is difficult, let alone with five kids, I would want fresher or more information in a book. I would have hoped to see something more profound from a book by a guy writing about being a parent. I was hoping to get more insight into the joy of having a large family. His reading pace was odd as he is used to live audiences, so he just read it without giving any proper space after punchlines. The first story was the best and the rest of the book wasn't really worth listening to. I love Jim Gaffigan and his style, but this was a waste of my time. I've heard he's irked by not being asked to be on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and I can see why. He hasn't done anything profound. This was a wasted opportunity for him to dig deeper and make a statement about life and who he is.
If he puts something out that gets great reviews, maybe.
Yes and his standup is great. His vocal inflection in the book is great. As I said, it's the content I found lacking.
I hope he can come out with something better some day.
Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.
Jim Gaffifan is one of the best comedians of our time. His stand up comedy is unique and hilarious. This is not it.
It is intended to be a funny story about Jim's life. It is done completely in a different style. It is read by Jim, but it feels like someone at school asked him to read a book out loud. There is no emotion, and I did not find it funny. After 30 minutes I skipped a couple chapters and fount the rest of the audiobook is the same. Then I closed it and moved to my next book.
Maybe it was my fault for not listening to a sample. Just be advised.
I really enjoyed the dry wit and savvy humor of Gaffigan's book - it felt like I was half-chatting with an old friend/half-watching him do stand up. Since I have a 2-year-old, I TOTALLY related to almost all of his stories, however I don't know how he and his wife Jeanie are able to handle having FIVE kids in a 2-bedroom NYC apartment - they deserve a medal! I found myself wanting to share this book with every parent I know - it's seriously THAT good. I've listened to it about four times now, and I still laugh every time.
Reminds me of other memoirs I enjoy like, Mindy Kaling's "Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?" or Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants" - but with a male/Daddy spin.
I can't pick just one - but I did make my husband listen to the chapters on Toddlers and Birthday Parties a few times. The Disney summary is pretty dead-on, too!
A MUST-READ for anyone who is, will be, or has been a parent - you'll laugh, unless you're a total douche.
I hadn't listened to many of Jim Gaffigan's sketches so I wondered if I would enjoy the book, but I found it on an Audible sale one day and bought it. The whole book was thoroughly enjoyable. I am a total prude when it comes to content, and so I appreciated how clean and funny it was. For those who have families or are part of a family, this book is for you.
I read other reviews saying it's a little boring but expected to still enjoy learning about Gaffigan's personal life. No. It seriously is quite boring. If it was a few hours shorter it would definitely be bearable but there was not enough content to justify the length. I didn't even find it very funny or insightful- and I enjoy when parents talk about their children!
There is nothing funny or original in this book. I was going to stop listening but felt guilty so I ran the speed up to 2x and got through it. Don't waste your time.