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
Retired naval officer, musician, correspondent; lives in Japan.
Jim Gaffigan may bristle at being labeled a "family-friendly" comic, but I say, "BRING IT ON!!" Just because I may occasionally slip and use a word my mother didn't teach me doesn't mean I prefer listening to those comedians who lazily use unnecessarily crude language. This author delights the listener with pure comedic genius that is free of distracting invectives.
"Food: A Love Story", also in my library, Jim Gaffigan's first book, also is totally fun. "Dad is Fat" is my favorite of the two...but dear JG, you keep writing and reading, and I'll keep buying and listening!
Perhaps because I'm a new, first-time grandmother, I particularly enjoyed Jim's descriptions of the Gaffigans' new parent struggles. So true, so universal.
I certainly could have listened all in one sitting, but I find the author's style so extremely enjoyable that I prefer listening in what one might describe as short, easily-digestible snacks to all-you-eat, all-out gluttony.
Looking forward to hearing more from Jim Gaffigan!
This book was funny and I loved that it was read by the author. My kids are older now, but was still relevant and I'm passing it along to my sister, who will identify with the stories of younger children at home :) Loved this book!
this book was very entertaining, but I felt like there should be more! it just ended. I felt like I was going into the next chapter, but no... so go buy yet another computer and call it new book and write another one. I will buy it forsure. great story. I need to go work on having more kids. thanks for that.
I am a big Jim Gaffigan fan. I've seen him live, I've seen all of his standup specials, and the book wasn't bad. However, as big of a Jim Gaffigan fan as I am, I had already heard a lot of the jokes. Regardless it was still a fun read.
Don't have kids yet, LOVED this audio book!
Soooo funny! I'm so glad that the author read the book... I think that's always best...especially when they're a comedian!
Can't wait to have kids & laugh at all the moments that we were humorously warned about in this book!
Jim's telling of his family is so well spoken and interesting. It's a really good insight into what it is like to be a father, especially a father to 5 children! I really enjoyed listening to this book and it is my first ever audiobook. I definitely recommend it!
I love this book! I laughed for an entire 5 hours and loved his since of humor! I never write book reviews so you know this book has to be absolutely great! I could get enough of his voice, he had the perfect pace and tone!
gaffigan is down to earth amd completely relatable, as usual. but fathering humor from him has him at his best!
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