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.
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A little short of stand-up, this book still caught me off guard and had me randomly snorting in public. Gaffigan's delivery is excellent. I don't have kids of my own, but I'm in a relationship with a devoted dad, and it only made me more sympathetic to his experiences. I'd say an interest in kids as a topic is pretty essential. It was weird listening to "clean" comedy, but it is just mild, not bland. If anything it was a good break from the relentless intensity of a lot of other contemporary humor. Some scenarios are absurdly unrelatable (tour bus vacations?) but are captivating nonetheless.
But I still didn't find it funny. I love Jim Gaffigan but this wasn't like his stand up so don't get it if thats what you have in mind. You'll be disappointed. I don't fall Jim for reading it but you can tell he's not so much reading it in his performance inflection
Depending on the time of day I listen to different types of books. When I'm falling asleep I like to listen to this because it's gentle and sweet.
I might recommend it to a friend if they're a parent. As a non-parent, it felt pretty repetitive and dull halfway through the book. I don't join in on parent conversations in real life b/c they don't interest me, and this was just that.
My dislike of this book was due to the topic, not the author. However, I think I might stick to his stand-up shows in the future. Even though his comedic style is conveyed very well in audio form, I realized I much prefer watching him up on stage, performing in front of an audience.
It was interesting to hear about Gaffigan's life off stage and his relationship with his family.
Dad is Fat is an engaging series of essays about parenting, presented in a mostly cohesive manner. Jim Gaffigan's observational humor is present throughout and makes for a light read. Throughout, Jim dotes on his wife, blames his kids for his poor eating habits... which he isn't wrong for doing. The humor was mild, and there were rare moments that caused me to chuckle: usually the end of each essay/chapter. This is not as funny as his stand-up, but I did not feel as though my time was wasted. His delivery is surprisingly stumbling. I do not blame Jim for this, but poor producing. When he mumbled words and phrases, or awkwardly paused and not for effect, they really should have asked him to re-record the sentence or paragraph.
Seriously funny. I don't know how single adults feel about it but as a parent I laughed through the entire book. I'm not a connoisseur of Gaffigan so I don't know if he repeats stuff that's been out for a while or not as some of the other reviews said.
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