Dad Is Fat

Dad Is Fat

eBook - 2013
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Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids.

Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content to be "that weird uncle who lives in an apartment by himself in New York that everyone in the family speculates about." But all that changed when he married and found out his wife, Jeannie "is someone who gets pregnant looking at babies."

Five kids later, the comedian whose riffs on everything from Hot Pockets to Jesus have scored millions of hits on YouTube, started to tweet about the mistakes and victories of his life as a dad. Those tweets struck such a chord that he soon passed the million followers mark. But it turns out 140 characters are not enough to express all the joys and horrors of life with five kids, so hes' now sharing it all in Dad Is Fat.

From new parents to empty nesters to Jim's twenty-something fans, everyone will recognize their own families in these hilarious takes on everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to growing up in a big family ("I always assumed my father had six children so he could have a sufficient lawn crew") to changing diapers in the middle of the night ("like The Hurt Locker but much more dangerous") to bedtime (aka "Negotiating with Terrorists").

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.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2013
ISBN: 9780385349062
0385349068
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360

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AliceGiraffe
Feb 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. Very funny. I hope to read more of his work.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

I kept getting the feeling that I'd read this book before. I mean, granted, the subject (comedian writes book about being a parent) is not new - Bill Cosby, Paul Reiser, and I don't know who else have covered the topic in writing, and many other stand-up comedians use their children and their family life as the basis of their comedy. But I honestly felt like I'd read these particular jokes before. Either Gaffigan was recycling some of his stand-up material, or I have actually read this book. At any rate, my sister had this on her to-read list, so I figured it would be interesting to re-read the book from her viewpoint.
Gaffigan and his wife have five children and, to plagiarize Cosby, the reason they have five children is because they do not want six children. He also grew up in a large family. One of the best parts of the book is the chapter titled, "Six kids, Catholic", in which he relates that this was his standard response (and explanation) when people asked him about his large family; he uses the same response now when people ask him about his kids, but he said religion had nothing to do with him and his wife having so many kids. (wink, wink; nudge, nudge) A lot of the comedy in the book is based not only on their children, but the special problems involved with having such a large group of kids - outings to the park, family vacations, dwindling lists of babysitters. Because the family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York, even getting all the kids to bed at night is a major undertaking.
There were several laugh-out-loud moments, and quite a few chuckles, but overall I wasn't wowed by the book. One of the other reviewers said she listened to the audiobook, which Gaffigan himself narrated, and I think that would have been better; I really like Gaffigan's stand-up, and delivery is a big part of his comedy. But, like with a lot of other books written by comedians, this one left me feeling disappointed.

CatherineG_1 Jun 05, 2016

As another reviewer said, I was laughing so hard my husband had me read out many passages. My favourites were Gaffigan and his wife trying to sleep, go out and hire a babysitter for their children. As Jim said, this book is good for those who have been a child or had children. Definitely a fun read!

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NemoSum
Mar 24, 2016

I cannot count the number of passages from this book I felt compelled to read out loud to my wife. A book we both enjoyed, full of short vignettes about parenting in the city.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

Dad is Fat is an entertaining book written with Gaffigan's signature humor. I think it is more tailored towards parents, but it was still funny to me as a non-parent.

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DollyWannaCracker
Aug 01, 2015

An adorable read. Funny, heartwarming, and honest, Dad is Fat is a spectacular summer read, or any time of the year.

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MADKC4Ever
Jul 07, 2015

As somebody has said below me, in this book you notice bits from his stand-up, literally word for word, popping up all over the book. That annoyed me a little bit, especially because the same thing happened in his more recent book "Food: A Love Story." I did laugh throughout the book, even though I don't have kids myself, and I do like Jim Gaffigan and his stand-up, so I did like this book. I just wish he would come up with something new for his books.

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SmartAssAWhip
Dec 27, 2014

Funniest, if you can relate to having a family, but much less so if you do not have a family. Not nearly as clever as his food-related insights.

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aliceinoz
Dec 12, 2014

Love his stand-up, but reading his book you start to realize that a good portion of his comedic value comes from his delivery style. If you read all of the short essays, you'll recognize some of it word for word from his stand up routine. As someone else mentioned, it is very akin to reading parenting blogs.

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bethysteffy
Jul 01, 2014

I love funny people, and Jim Gaffigan is no exception. Is this a sit-down-engrossing-from-start-to-finish-read? No, but it was laugh out loud funny and a quick, fun read. Highly recommend to people who love his comedy.

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sems77
Jun 20, 2014

This is Jim's take on raising 5 kids in NYC. As a parent and fan of his standup I found it very funny.

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