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Overview 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.
Reviews This book is smart, insightful, sweet, and so SO funny!! I mean stomach hurting, crying because I'm laughing so hard funny. And not just in some chapters, constantly throughout the whole thing. If you're a fan of Gaffigan's you'll recognize some of his jokes in here, but not an annoying, overwhelming amount. I am a big fan of his and I have 4 small children, so I think I'm basically the absolute perfect audience for this book. It was so funny because it was true and so incredibly relatable for me. Does that mean if you don't have a lot of children or any children that you won't enjoy it? Definitely not, if you enjoy Jim's style I think you'll find this amusing too. I highly recommend it! In fact I've been recommending it to everyone I know since I started reading it earlier today. Yes, I read the whole thing in less than a whole day. With four kids. (Don't worry, the children were cared for...the laundry may have been neglected, but....) ;-) So yeah, I'd say it's a pretty engaging, enjoyable read. :) Although I only have one child, I could relate to almost every parenting story in this book. I laughed so hard while reading it and was genuinely disappointed when it ended. Jim Gaffigan is a gifted storyteller. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to my friends with children. Could not stop laughing. Had to put the book down to catch my breath. I didn't dare bring it to a public place to read as I feared making a fool of myself. I can relate to his Catholic upbringing and enjoyed his take on the rudeness of today's world. Read it when you need a good laugh. I have never read a book like this before. I loved it! I laughed out loud from cover to cover. Gaffigan is a riot and one of the best comedians around. I have always enjoyed his stand up act and his book did not leave me dissapointed. Only a few minor uses of strong language, but it certainly did not detract from the book. I look forward to rereading this book again and laughing even more. I only hope he decides to write another one. I laughed. A lot. I annoyed my wife by reading my favorite passages aloud. A lot. As a dad of 2 (with 1 on the way) there was so much that was relatable and, because we're in the thick of raising kids, the observations were even funnier because they are so specific to our current experience. Silly, fun, funny, and heartfelt. As a fellow father of 5 it was uncanny how spot-on Gaffigan is in his hilarious portrayal of life with a large family. But more so, his perspective revealed to me
the true beauty, in all it's messiness, chaos, and imperfections, that my life offers. I love Jim Gaffigan's comedy, and you can totally hear his voice while reading this book. It's both a funny and a sweet book, and while I am not a parent, I enjoyed it, although I think people with kids will probably enjoy it even more. 5 stars. Not because this is an example of stellar writing talent, but because I laughed my way through the whole damn book. I found myself continually excited for the end of the day, just so that I could get into bed and spend some time alone with Jim and his family. Uhhhh nothing to note except complete hilarity if you are a fan of Gaffigan. It's like you're own little stage show cuz you can't help but read it in his voice. It hits home if you have kids but is funny either way. I love Jim Gaffigan's DVD's. It is wonderful to be able to listen/watch a comedian with the family and ALL of us are laughing. His book is amazing, too. My husband would have loved this. Let me just start by saying that I am a *huge* Jim Gaffigan fan. I would pay a giant pile of money to see him live, and I haven't paid for live entertainment...well...ever. Despite my fangirl status, I did not enjoy this book. First of all, he read the book. Now, this is typical for an audiobook, but it was very obvious he was reading--and he's not a great reader--and for someone who is used to the easy flow of his comedy, it was really distracting. Second, while I was warned that this was not for people who didn't have kids, I figured that was not a problem since I deal with the quirks of two of them on a daily basis. But the warning should have gone that you won't enjoy this unless you have little kids. Perhaps I am just too past the infant/toddler stage to enjoy the diaper rants. And third, he is just too hard to identify with. He has five kids in a two bedroom walk-up in New York City. Instead of going "Ha, ha, I can totally relate to that," I'm like, "You are completely out of your mind." Yes, he makes this joke. But, really...it is almost impossible to get two kids into an SUV and get underway. Of course any excursions with your five kids under the age of 8 on the subway is a nightmare. It's not even funny. It's just exhausting to think of. In fact, perhaps I should change the number of stars in hopes that lots of people buy this book and they can move to Vermont and get a minivan. Imagine a parenting advice book, then add a stand-up comedy routine on fatherhood from the perspective of a self-admittedly fat, lazy father-of-five who rarely bothers to put down the fork or put on pants. Enter: "Dad is Fat", a new type of parenting book, written by Jim Gaffigan of three hit stand-up specials on Comedy Central.
"Dad is Fat" is laugh-out-loud funny, but surprisingly observant. Gaffigan writes the book in blog style. The chapters are rarely more than 5 to 7 pages, with a conversational style that keeps you grinning, wincing, turning pages, and reevaluating how many children you want (if any at all). Jim explores the sweetness of having "the pitter-patter of little feet" and also laments the loss of silence, sleep and sanity. From fast food, to extended family, to vacations on tour and adventures in questionable New York City parks, Gaffigan covers quite the range of parenting topics with his range of children age 7 to newborn (at time of writing).
Fans of Jim's stand-up specials will recognize several of his classic bits, and find new comedy gems too. Parents and prospective parents alike will enjoy Jim's rants on his baby battle scars. Jim Gaffigan wanted to write a comedic book (with his wife Jeannie) that was actually funny and he succeeded! Mostly.The good - a lot of laugh out loud parts, a lot of insight into raising five kids in a 2 bedroom apartment in NY city, a lot of bits any parent can relate to. Written by one of the top comedians in the world today (IMO) on a subject every parent can relate to. The less good - while I relate to being a parent, I do not relate to having five children in the middle of a big city in a cramped 2 bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of a walk up (i.e. no elevator). So some of the parts didn't click with me. Jim gets defensive in a chapter about why he has so many children and why they live in an apartment I understand the reason he lives in the city (for his work) but acting like it is a violation of privacy and insulting to ask someone with five kids if they are "done yet" is a little naive. People are worried about his sanity. He spends a whole book outlining how impossible it is to have so many children living in the city (and he indicates he is not done yet) and yet is insulted people should find it insane to keep having more children. I 100% disagree with the reviewer who said "if you know his stand up you know most of the book". There are a few things that overlap, but 90% or more is new. It is insulting to Jim to say that. I do agree with reviewers who say I wish there were a few more laugh out loud moments. Overall, this is a great book that has "chapters" about 4 pages long so it is perfect for a restroom break. I enjoyed it so much I ended up taking some laxatives so I could have more restroom breaks. That isn't true...but it is true you will enjoy this book. "Dad is Fat" is a funny book written by a very funny man. If you've never heard Gaffigan's standup comedy routines, you need to check out "Beyond the Pale" or "Mr. Universe" or "King Baby". Great stuff. His Hot Pockets and cake stuff is hilarious.
So now he's written a book about fatherhood. Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, live in a 2-bedroom walk-up apartment in New York City with their five kids, all ages 8 and younger. They have all sorts of misadventures-- trips to the park, subway rides to preschool, cab rides to various other activities, bedtime shuffling routines, insane vacations and weekly Catholic church attendance, just to name a few. He touches on a variety of areas of parenthood and adulthood, on the struggles of raising a family in New York, on his own childhood as the youngest of six kids, and things like taking his brood "camping" in a tour bus, plus so much more. The book is varied and chapters are short, so it's easy, light reading, but still compelling enough that I found myself drawn back to it.
I liked this book a lot, it was funny enough that I laughed out loud quite a few times. There's a lot of typical Gaffigan-style self-deprecating commentary and a lot of crazy scenarios he and his family get into (I can only imagine living the way they do-- no yard, no car, downstairs neighbors... I shudder...) and it's all very entertaining.
The best thing about the book is how much of it is filled with genuine affection for and appreciation of his wife, Jeannie. She sounds like a saint. His praise and adoration of her is sweet and endearing, but in no way takes away from the humor of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this. The ongoing chuckle from my corner of the office earned me some odd looks though. If you enjoy Mr. Gaffigan's stand up act you'll most likely enjoy this as well.
At first I was hopefully Gaffigan knew there was much more to fathering than what he has described as being "vice president", later he made statements on strictness that made it clear he was just hamming it up for the sake of comedy.
I disagree with Gaffigan's conclusion that dads are getting better. While I do think we've probably gotten better at connecting with our kids, I think the ongoing feminization of men is a tragedy. Bunch of metrosexual pussies never loving their wives like only a man can or showing their daughters what a real man is, then they wonder why their daughters bring home Marvin Martian. Yes, Marvin Martian is what comes to mind when I see all these beiber headed clowns running around, I don't know why.
I listened to this book (which I highly recommend as it is read by the author)and enjoyed it SO much. There are points where he gets a bit preachy, but as my friend Anna said, most memoirs get that way at some point or another. You can tell from his essays that he's dealt with a LOT of people saying "wow, FIVE kids?" and he does an entire essay that deals with this. I'm not saying he encourages you to have five children, but he certainly encourages you to have children, but I think anyone that has kids of their own does that. As a young wife who has no intention of having kids in the near future, it put me off a little, BUT, I knew what the book was about. It was a parenting book in the vein of Cosby's famous one.
Basically, the book made me feel like I was out of the club (since I don't have kids of my own)but I still enjoyed it IMMENSELY. :) If you are a fan of Jim Gaffigan you will most likely enjoy this book. Some of the material comes straight out of his stand-up, but there is a lot that is new. Jim conveys the joys, stresses, and terrors of being a parent in hilarious ways. His humor is often self-deprecating, but I love how genuinely complimentary he is of his wife. Complimentary is really not a strong enough word--that man loves his wife and he's not afraid to shout it for all to hear. He is really in awe of women in general and especially mothers, which is terrifically refreshing. I really enjoy Jim Gaffigan's stand up routine. Frankly, I see Hot Pockets in the food store and I start laughing. This book was largely about his 5 children and his wife and while at times, I found the subject matter boring (yuck, kids), for the most part I was laughing out loud in my car like a maniac.
"There are adults who go to Disney without children...we call these people 'weirdos'" -- True Story, Jim. True Story. There were really a lot of great oneliners and observations in this book. His impression of his father might have been one of my favorites.
Listening to a comedian read his own audio book is super fun because it really feels like listening to an extended act. I will look forward to downloading more Audible comedian books and maybe I'll finally get to some David Sedaris as well. This book was very fun to read because it was hilarious. This is a book written by a comedian. I read this book extremely fast because it was hilarious (also because i had to read it in three days.) This book at first i was skeptical because it seemed like a parenting book but it isn't. At on point he calls his kids "pale white creatures" He pretty much just talks about how it is nice to be a parent
and then makes fun of it. Since he is a comedian he wrote it with a good since of humor which made it much better.
I liked this book a lot. This book was so funny i actually bragged about how funny it was to other people. This is my favorite non-fiction book i read all year. Jim Garrigan is really funny. He is known as the Hot Pockets comedian and the "clean" comedian because he doesn't swear profusely but still manages to be funny. His book is all about parenting and in his case, his 5 kids, though he would probably rather I don't point that at. That's his business how many kids he has.
This book is really a refreshing change of pace. It's entertaining. I love how much he obviously loves his kids and adores his wife. The book consists of mostly 3-5 page essays on a particular aspect of parenting: Lollipop, trip to Disney, sleep or lack thereof. Pick it up when you feel like a good comedy, because it is funnier than most comedy films I've watched lately. Jim "the Hot Pocket guy" Gaffigan wrote a book! No surprise, it's really funny. 'Dad is Fat' is about Gaffigan's experience, so far, as a father of five. Fear not if you, like me, do not have children. Gaffigan's humor shines regardless of whether or not you've ever had to get up at 4:00 AM to change a series of dirty diapers. Now that I've read the book, I would be interested from here to hear the audio version, narrated by Gaffigan himself. The comedian's delivery is a big part of his appeal, but if you're debating between the two, the pictures and photographs included in the hardback add a lot to the experience as well. Overall, 'Dad is Fat' was a fun, funny read you don't need to be a parent to enjoy.
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