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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I've been listening to Jims standup for a while so I had high expectations for this book. Jim did not disappoint. I love his view of his family and his general laid back view of life. He helped me realize those stressful kid moments are not so bad. It was nice getting to know Jim and his family a little more. I'll be reading the next one too!
I found Jim's stories about his kids to be amusing and very relatable. I would recommend the audio book to hardcore fans for a lighthearted peek into his family life. If you just like his standup comedy and are hoping for some big laughs you may be disappointed. I'm not trying to diss Jim by saying that, I think he's awesome. I'm just trying to be honest and helpful.
My best friend is having her first baby and I thought instead of reading those boring preachy, pretentious books about parenting, why not read a parenting book by one of my favorite comedians?
Jim's funny take on parenting challenges is right up my alley. This will be my reference material for when I have my own kids someday.
I don't know why I was surprised that this book was all about Jim's experiences of being a father. After all, it has "dad" in the title. I bought it mainly because I love Jim Gaffigan's stand-up comedy.
Though I am married, I, myself, don't have any children, so while I identified with his observations on marriage, some of the kid stuff was a little lost on me. I do however remember being a kid so it was not all foreign to me.
Over all, I enjoyed the book very much. Gaffigan's self-effacing, sarcastic humor is here in spades, and that is, after all, why I bought the book in the first place. So, even if you are not a parent, this book is well worth a read or listen.
Giggled lots through this... More than i should have...
His performance was ok but i prefer him speaking on stage...
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