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.
©2013 Jim Gaffigan (P)2013 Random House Audio
Laura the Listener
...but I don't, so it just seemed like a long list of all the reasons why I don't. And an homage to his wife, who is apparently perfect. There were a few lines that made me smile (not so much laugh out loud though), but overall I expected something funnier from Gaffigan as I'm a big fan of his comedy.
OK, I will admit - I love Jim Gaffigan and have seen him in concert. There are parts of this book that are just laugh out loud funny - and I don't even have kids. A great, light listen.
Parents of young (and multiple) kids who are not yet familiar with Jim and want to relate in a comedic, raw, and honest way parentally. My kids are older now so I fell asleep to this book in spite of loving Jim already.
Jim, I love you still and appreciate your place in life. I'm just not there now and needed more humor outside of your specific place, though I can imagine I'll have to wait a while as you are being demandingly blessed by constant spousal fertility. ;-)
Thoroughly enjoyed this. As a parent you connect right away with the humor in the situations he describes throughout. He keeps it real and adds his flavor of humor to the whole thing.
I love the way he tells stories so I enjoyed listening to his voice... I could picture him in the stories and laughed out loud multiple times.
His voice and expression is pricless.
I just really liked it. I laughed. I pondered. I reflected on my own parenting. I enjoyed the stories and his input on real subjects.
The book is really funny. He has a lot of cutting insights into his life and life in general.
About the only thing that I might say against it is that it was so funny I was trying to listen to it all at once, and it becomes a bit repetitive that way.
Best to be taken in small comedy bits (chapters) and come back to it later for best enjoyment.
great stories every parent can relate to, ready to start it all over again! even making notes of my favorite jokes - tv news is like kryptonite to kids!!!
This one had me laughing a lot from the time I started re-listening. I can't remember why I couldn't get into it at first, but as an adult who had to take a road trip with my parents, this saved me. Maybe I was just in a weird mood, but if you're like me and had a hard time getting into it, stay with it, it's hilarious.
Very funny, very true! Although I can not relate to his 5 kids in NYC, I've found myself in many of these same experiences as a father. I enjoyed this book, thanks Jim!
"Laughed out loud quite a bit"
Funny parenting book.
Probably, He makes me laugh.
Jim... It's a book about himself.
5 kids catholic.
It's fun to listen to, many laughs. Though I thought he ran out of good material toward the end.
"Dad is Fat and Inspired!"
Jim Gaffigan is a real funny comedian and this book is no let down. If you are a parent, you'll thinks it hilarious, if your not a parent you will too! Its one of the funniest things I have read in a long time
Its more of an autobiographical look at Jim, his wife and his 5 kids life in and around there 2 bedroom apartment in New York. This doesn't do this justice as its a real laugh
So many cool things, like covering his big screen TV before his wife has their first home birth child, kids birthday parties, play dates, taking kids on holidays and parenting being a cult!
Oh it made me laugh and laugh. One of those books that, if you are listening with headphones in public, will make you laugh out load and scare people!
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