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've listened to a few memoirs from comedians, and I typically find myself at a place where I just can't relate to the author. I really don't know what it's like to perform on stage, or be hired on a TV show, or even to want those things. However, I do know what it's like to be a parent. While I only have one kid and Jim has five, I still found myself nodding my head and relating to many of his funny stories about parenthood. That kept me interested and prevented my thoughts from wandering as I listened. Also, I like Jim's deadpan style comedy, and he brings that style through in this audiobook.
I loved it when he discussed his usual responses to people that were less than excited or downright rude when they found out he and his wife were having their 3rd, 4th, and 5th children. That was an attitude I could relate with - it's really no one's business. Except I relate in the inverse. Yes, I only have one kid. I don't know if I'll have any more. My husband and I reserve the right to make that decision, and discussing our plans or lack thereof is awkward to do with people outside of our marriage. Also, I loved his repeated excuse for having many children: his wife is hot. That ought to shut people up!
I've seen his life performances, not any other audiobooks. It's definitely in line with the style of his stand-up.
I did occasionally spontaneously laugh, which is super cool when you work in an open concept office.
Great observational humor. Love the autobiographical perspective. Fun. I can imagine this family in NYC.
I could relate to a lot of it. I understand when your children are young, all the things you think of. How difficult it is and how much you miss it later..... really cool book
amazing books for new parents and parents of all ages it gives you a hilarious look into the funny and annoying parts of parenting that we can all find a way to laugh at I would listen to this 10 times more my husband even loved it too
So... Aside from mentioning how parents lie about Santa Clause, this is a great family listen. I listened by myself first and later with the kids. Listening with them made it so much funnier. I love Jim Gaffigan and I recommend this funny book.
Very funny expanding on the joys and stresses of parenting...especially in NYC
Jim is a riot. Love his sense of humor.
I love his words of wisdom... If you think getting a dog is preparation for having children, think again.
Loved the book and his sense of humor.
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