• Dad Up!

  • Long-Time Comedian. First-Time Father.
  • By: Steve Patterson
  • Narrated by: Steve Patterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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By: Steve Patterson
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Publisher's Summary

From one of the country's most beloved comedians and host of CBC Radio's incredibly popular program The Debaters comes a funny, poignant, and at times unexpectedly wise look at what it means to be a dad in this day and age.

Steve Patterson has been thinking about dad-dom for quite a while. In Dad Up! he gives his all to be the best father possible to two young girls while imparting his hard-won wisdom and insights to listeners everywhere.

The youngest of five boys growing up in an Irish-Catholic household, Patterson mines his childhood for any sage advice he might have picked up from his own dad. He talks with candor about the difficulty he and his wife, Nancy, had conceiving, finding humor in their experiences with the fertility clinic's automated phone calls (which Patterson calls "RoboPimp") informing them when Nancy was ovulating. He chronicles the disappointment of failing to get pregnant, only to have the miracle conception take place in Regina during Grey Cup Week, under the guiding spirit of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and comedian Brent Butt (don't ask).

From that point on, Steve Patterson assumes full dad-mode, riffing on the biohazard that is changing a diaper, the absolute futility of stuffed animals, becoming a public breastfeeding warrior in the most unexpected of places, and how growing up a little boy in no way prepares you to being a father to little girls.

Most importantly, Dad Up! charts the awesome experience of watching tiny infants that you somehow had a hand in creating evolve into confident and crafty little people, and the lessons that they teach along the way.

©2021 Steve Patterson (P)2021 Penguin Canada

Critic Reviews

“As always, Steve Patterson finds the unusual in the natural, the unnatural in the ubiquitous, the light in the dark and the dark in the light, then twists the whole mess into wonderfully crafted comedy that captures the weirdness that’s inherent in being human. This book is a touching and very funny read. At least up to the chapter in which he mentions me. I stopped reading after that.” (Brent Butt, creator of Corner Gas)

“This book should come with a ‘READ BEFORE PARENTING’ sticker. It won’t teach you how NOT to get punched in the testicles, but you will gain a mother-load of hilarious insights into fatherhood that superhero mums everywhere will be grateful you learned." (Denise Donlan, broadcast executive and author of Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances)

“As parents, we all start out flying blind, and we all wind up writing our own guide books. Happily, Steve Patterson has actually put pen to paper and shared his. It is honest, warm, poignant...and of course it’s funny. Dads, you will recognize yourselves here. Also, learning that, as a boy, Steve thought it would be a good idea to ski off the roof of his family home explains a lot....” (Stephen Brunt, best-selling author of Searching for Bobby Orr

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