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Dad Is Fat

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  41,474 Ratings  ·  5,576 Reviews
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 im ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Crown Archetype
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This is a really amusing book about an insane man who decided to have five children in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. It's kind of like Dave Barry except it's still funny post-1993. I am giving it three stars because it is essentially a bunch of 2-minute standup routines strung together; nevertheless, I think the bit about the millions of pictures we take of our kids is suitable for framing. My daughter is just over a year old and I would conservatively estimate that my computer curre ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, buddy-reads
Humor has always figured prominently in my life.

I had a painful and awkward adolescence and my salvation was Monty Python, Mad Magazine, the National Lampoon, the Marx Brothers and my comedy albums (I know I’m probably leaving lots of stuff out). Humor was a lifeline and kept me sane (Ha!).

It still is today. I try to inject some humor into my writing, especially the graphic novel reviews and I try to bring some humor to my day-to-day living.

My son likes Gaffigan’s take on food, especially Hot Po
Peter Derk
Feb 04, 2014 Peter Derk rated it liked it
Hmm, where to come down on this book.

Jim Gaffigan is a really funny stand-up, and he doesn't sound like anybody else. Okay, he talks about food all the time, but who cares? His newish special, Mr. Universe, is on Netflix, and I can't recommend it enough.

The book is readable for the childless. Like myself. And there are still some laughs. Unlike a lot of parenting-type books, Gaffigan doesn't present his kids as unassailable. He makes fun of them. In a kind way, but still. And though he questions
Apr 21, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, audiobooks
Hahaha! Jim Gaffigan is funny. This was a very amusing audiobook.

Dad is Fat is a collection of comic essays about what it's like to be a parent to five kids. That's not a typo -- Jim and his wife have FIVE children. I can't imagine having five kids. My parents had three kids and I thought that was nuts.

Gaffigan had me giggling from the very beginning, in which he told a story of a vacation he and his wife took before they had children. They went to the Grand Canyon with another couple who had a
Jason Koivu
Jul 18, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
After recently reading Jim Gaffigan's gastronomically good read Food: A Love Story, I decided to go on a mini Gaffigan binge.

As you might guess from the title, Dad Is Fat is about Gaffigan's home life and the travails of becoming a parent. It follows chronologically from him and his wife as a free-and-easy, no-kids couple to having five children all crammed into a tiny apartment.

I related to the no-kids couple, I laughed at some of the parenthood ridiculousness and I enjoyed every part of this
Lindsey Rey
Jun 17, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2015
I listened to the audiobook and everything about this was excellent! :D
Jul 29, 2013 Clarissa rated it did not like it
Did you know Jim Gaffigan has five kids? He has five kids. Five kids. He must be crazy. Wow five kids. Wow in a tiny NYC apartment. Did you know that you don't sleep much when you have five kids? Did you know it is hard to go anywhere with five kids? Wow he must be crazy or something to have five kids. Did he mention he has five kids?

If you made it through that then you should thank me because I basically just gave you the experience and gist of reading this book but saved you the trouble of act
Deborah Markus
Dec 22, 2014 Deborah Markus rated it really liked it
It's simple: If you like Jim Gaffigan's work, you'll like this book -- especially if you get the audio version, because he reads it himself.

If you aren't familiar with his comedy, please stop living such a needlessly sad life and check out one of his albums. I recommend "King Baby" (an escalator that's not working "is like having a dead butler") and "Mr. Universe" ("If you want to know what it's like to have a fourth kid, just imagine you're drowning, and then someone hands you a baby"). Actual
Aug 04, 2013 Larissa rated it it was amazing
I had to give this book 5 stars because #1: Jim Gaffigan is hilarious, #2: the only way to survive parenting is through humor and #3: I swear this was the book I WAS GOING TO WRITE ON PARENTING but from a mom's point of view and minus a few chapters and the title! Seriously almost every thought/chapter in his book was something that was so right on target and funny because it is so true and was probably something I thought at the time! If you are a mom or a dad you have to read this! If you do n ...more
Sean Kennedy
Nov 15, 2013 Sean Kennedy rated it it was ok
Some funny parts, but sheesh, if I wanted to hear some middle-aged man complain about his five kids I could just go to my brother's house.
Cathrine ☯
Not as funny as watching Jim live but still plenty of laugh out loud moments. It’s more along the lines of truth in parenting moments and wisdom gained along the way. Anyone who has ever raised multiple children will relate to the stories and recollections this dad of five has experienced and writes about.I listened to the audio read by the author while on my walks and doing chores which not only enhanced the enjoyment of the tasks but I’m sure the book as well.
Mar 02, 2013 Jeph rated it really liked it
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 conversat
L.R. Pardee
May 24, 2013 L.R. Pardee rated it liked it
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 f ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
“Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks.”

While Gaffigan’s comedy specials bring plenty of belly laughs, the book was much more subtle. Maybe I’m just hilarious, or (more the likely scenario) all pale skinned people who bear fruit experience most of the same things. I suspect that those without children would have many more guffaws than those whose homes are already filled with the tiny terrorists. That’s not to say the book isn’t enjoyable – it’s
I love Jim Gaffigan, but I think this book was bit much. I recognized some of the jokes in his book from his stand-up, but on stand-up they are much better. I probably would have liked this better if I listened to him read me the audiobook.

Also, I guess I didn't realize how much (nearly all) of this book was about him being a dad. I mean, I get it. Kids. Parenting. It's probably hilarious if you are also a parent, but after a hundred pages or so I got kind of tired of it. Like when you start to
Duchess Nicole

I adore Jim Gaffigan...he unabashedly loves and admires his wife and regardless of the snarky kid-humor with which he feeds his comedic monologues, he loves his five children just as much. I love Jim Gaffigan so much that I actually had a dream about him one night...not THAT kind of dream...mind out of the gutter! This is a family friendly review! No, I dreamed that he was my husband and I's buddy. We traveled in a convertible in an underground tunnel emerging from under the earth only to realiz
Sep 29, 2013 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedians
I have to say I wanted to like it more than I did. That's not to say that it was bad; it just wasn't fabulous. Rather, I'd call it uneven. There were parts that were leave-me-smiling-for-hours humorous. There were parts I swear I heard before. There were parts that fell flat for me. There were parts that really stuck with me (e.g. Toddlers are always running away, but where are they going? They don't know anyone and they can't reach the doorknob. I just want to say "think this through".)

There i
I'm not a huge follower of comedians, but Gaffigan is a favorite of mine. His standup is hilarious. This book, however, is a serious mess. He gets props for mentioning-- more than once-- that a book about the struggles of raising kids is a sure-fire way to make some dough. This book is clearly that, and is clearly his reason for writing it. Little insight, little clarity, little originality is to be found in this book. The essays run together and generally have the same theme-- kids are loud; ki ...more
Barnabas Piper
Dec 24, 2015 Barnabas Piper rated it really liked it
Gaffigan is hilarious - one of my favorite comedians. This book is a pile of chuckles with a few real laughs thrown in. It's an honest look at the travails of being dad. I'd recommend it to any dad or expectant dad because it's informative and really fun whereas most fathering books are neither.
Dec 29, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Okay, so I was looking for a quick, light-hearted read to cover the last couple of days of 2015. What I ended up with was a very quick, light-hearted read that covered about three hours on December 29, 2015.

Very quick, very cute, and very humorous essays on fatherhood/parenting through the eyes of a (clean, "family-friendly") stand-up comedian. This book could also be titled, "My Kids Do That!"

Recommended for parents, grandparents, would-be parents, and never-be parents everywhere.
Aug 19, 2016 Siv30 rated it really liked it
Shelves: domestic-life
ג'ים גפיגן הוא קומיקאי שהחליט להביא לעולם 5 ילדים בדירת 2 חדרים במנהטן ניו יורק. הספר הזה הוא אוסף אפיזודות משעשעות של הורים לילדים ובמיוחד הורים לחמישה זאטוטים בגילאים של 18 חודש ועד 8 שנים.

האפיזודה שהכי קרעה אותי מצחוק היא זו שהם יצאו לנופש לפני שהיו להם ילדים עם זוג שהיה לו תינוק. הם שכרו מן הסתם 2 חדרים אבל הזוג השני הניח, בלי לשתף אותם, שהחדר של ג'ים וג'יני יהיה חדר מנוחה כשהתינוק שלהם ישן. מכאן צמחו שלל אפיזודות קורעות כמו העובדה שג'ים רוצה ללכת לנוח והזוג הזה מתעצבן עליהם כי הם רוצים לראו
I am often cautious when my husband asks me to read/watch/listen to something that amuses him, because nine times out of ten, it is just a reminder that our senses of humor aren't totally in sync. I was hesitant a few years back when, mid road trip, he handed his second ear bud to me and announced we were going to listen to a stand-up comedian.

I guess it's no secret, I'm a snob about a lot of things, and one of those things is stand-up. Either a comedian isn't edgy enough, or they're trying too
Aug 22, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok
This is the first book written by a comedian I've read since "Sein Language" by Jerry Seinfeld. I remember loving that book. Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. I've seen all of his stand-up specials, appearances on Conan, and I even saw him live a few years back and I've always loved his work.

Unfortunately this book just kind of fell flat. It was all about parenthood. Specifically, parenthood with 5 kids in a two bedroom N.Y.C. apartment. Most everything in those book seemed like a co
Aug 28, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like birth control. It's all about Jim Gaffigan trying to wrangle his five kids through New York City and being a parent. But it's also hilarious. I can just imagine him as a parent. If you enjoy Jim Gaffigan's stand up (he's the Hot Pockets guy!) you'll enjoy this audiobook, even if you aren't a parent. But yeah, if you don't have kids you will probably never want to have kids after reading this.
Malcolm Everett
Nov 12, 2015 Malcolm Everett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, audiobooks
I like Jim Gaffigan as a person, and I like his comedy. That’s all there is to it.

While I do have a special place in my heart for dirty jokes and drug-related anecdotes, they’re far too prominent in stand-up, so it’s interesting to see a comedian whose focus is on something different (his topics of choice in this book are family and food, if you hadn’t guessed). Within these short essays, he plays around with both structure and content, providing a nice variety. I recognized a few recycled joke
Melissa Chung
Dec 02, 2014 Melissa Chung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Jim Gaffigan's "family friendly" jokes, you are going to love this book. If you listened to it on audio you'll love it even more.

This book is all about Jim's 5 kids, his beautiful and superwoman of a wife Jeannie and of course, Jim. As a parent, I can relate to most of the situations that Jim has come across during his everyday life with small children. I gave this book 4 stars because Jim kept repeating that he had 5 small children, but maybe that was just because he wanted to remin
Jenny Stanfield
Jun 04, 2013 Jenny Stanfield rated it it was ok
Shelves: comedic-humour
I'm a huge Jim Gaffigan fan and comedy book lover, so this seemed like it would be right up my alley. I bought it on my Kindle and didn't really realize it was 100% about parenting 5 kids in an NYC walkup apartment - which as a single person I can't relate to whatsoever - but that said it was still an interesting read.

'Dad is Fat' was funny, sometimes laugh out loud funny, but if you're familiar with Gaffigan's standup a lot of material is recycled. In fact, the 'essays' read like a stand-up rou
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Sep 01, 2014 Bèbè ✦ RANT ✦ rated it really liked it
Ever since I heard Jim Gaffigan's "Hot Pocket" set, I always think of it when I see hot pockets in the store. That's how addictive and memorable Jim Gaffigan is. The thing about him is that he doesn't repeat anything and does his own thing. Lives in NYC in two bedroom apartment? Why not! Oh and with 5 small children? Well, guess that will do.

Dad Is Fat is filled with short, two-minute sets in which Jim tells us about his crazy life. Even though I don't have kids myself, I still found it very en
Jun 20, 2013 Mediaman rated it it was ok
What might sound funny when doing a stand-up comedy act falls flat here, sounding like a dad whining about having to raise five kids. He starts on the first page and doesn't stop complaining until the end. Each "chapter" is only a couple pages on a different subject and sounds much like a short story he'd tell on an HBO special. I only chuckled once the entire book--while he does offer some truisms they're not funny observations. It would have been nice for him to get serious in some spots but t ...more
Kyle Ryan

While “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan has its funny moments, the target market is really narrow. The formula is to take one bald fat white guy, mix wife and five kids, add New York City and hope that hilarity ensues. However, if children and/or NYC are not applicable to your life, and if you probably wouldn’t tune in to a sitcom with the aforementioned formula, you probably won’t find the book very engaging as the jokes are largely superficial and the narrative arc lacks much of the ‘universal’ ins

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Jim Gaffigan was born in Elgin, Illinois, and raised in Chesterton, Indiana. He attended La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana. He is the youngest of six children and often jokes about growing up in a large family. He attended Purdue University for one year, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He graduated from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in 1988. Aft ...more
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“I love sleep. I need sleep. We all do, of course. There are those people that don't need sleep. I think they're called 'successful.” 64 likes
“There were times in my life when I had one thing to do all day, but I still couldn’t get to it. “I gotta go to the post office, but I’d probably have to put on pants. And they’re only open till five. Looks like I’m going to have to do that next week.” 38 likes
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