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
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.
I love Jim Gaffigan's stand up performances and this book's content is hysterical. I have to say though that I was a bit disappointed in the author's reading. It seemed the comedic timing was off. Still great book especially if you are in the thick of raising young children!
30-Something NYC Chick
What story? Gaffigan spends too much time doting on his wife, and trying to create and maintain pg humor for this book to be anything worthwhile. If Gaffigan was his raw, tired, angry, self - it would have been one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I want to know about his life on the road. I want to know how he feels when jokes bomb. I want to know how he deals with unruly audiences. I want him to describe his rise from the corporate world to a jobs he actually loves. I hope he writes one of those someday.
"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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