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Dad Is Fat

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  27,180 ratings  ·  4,158 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
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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
Diane Librarian
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
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Peter Derk
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
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Deborah Markus
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
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Larissa
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
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.
Jeph
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
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L.R. Pardee
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
Clarissa
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
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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
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Becky
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
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Kristin
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
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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
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Elisa
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
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Bookstax
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
Lori Lesko
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 m ...more
Caris
Sep 22, 2013 Caris rated it 3 of 5 stars
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It’s very evident that Jim Gaffigan knows a great deal about Hot Pockets and parenting. Reading this book, there were so many points where I wanted to stand up and shout, “Preach it, Jim!” Because parenting is ridiculous. And he succinctly tells you why it is. For folks without kids, the book will likely have no meaning whatsoever. But for the rest of us, it’s like trading war stories. Only one-sided. That doesn’t matter, of course, because the stories are all the same: no sleep, absurdly inconv ...more
Melissa Chung
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
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Evan Leach
Jim Gaffigan is the father of not one, not two, but five kids. Living with this many small children (along with Mrs. Gaffigan), in what sounds like a pretty small New York City apartment, is the sort of experience that can either make you laugh or cry. As a comedian, Gaffigan naturally chose the former, and the result is this funny set of memoirs and musings on the perils of fatherhood. Gaffigan has had a number of minor roles on TV shows and movies, but he’s most famous for his stand-up career, ...more
Mediaman
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
Joe
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
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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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Kate
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.
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
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
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Rex Fuller
Hillarious. He has five kids six and under, and begins by telling them "given how attractive and fertile your mother is, there will probably be more of you by the time you read this." Like any book of tnis kind, it begins to feel repetitive before the end. But it stays fun the whole ride.
Courtney
Not all humor survives the transition from live performance to written text. Gaffigan is one of the casualties, unfortunately. Dad Is Fat reads like a script for a stand-up act, but without any of the verve or timing that makes his stand-up so addictive. The result is a desiccated, self-indulgent collection of "stuff." Stuff about parenting, about being a comedian and a parent, and about (most of all) being Jim Gaffigan. When he's up on stage, this kind of material provokes riotous laughter. On ...more
Steph
"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
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Shannon
Preface: I'm not a parent. I'm barely an adult (well, in body). Despite these things, this book was still a pretty good read- end preface.

Jim Gaffigan, the infamous "Hot Pocket Guy" wrote this hilarious book just in time for father's day. I would buy this for my own father, but for three reasons:

1. My dad isn't a big reader.
2. My dad already has a pile of books to read. Thanks to me, naturally.
3. I didn't want to single out my dad's weight problem. Not that it matters, even if it's father's day
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Emily
This is the second time this year I have picked up a book by a comedian I like and gotten more than I bargained for. With Chris Hardwick, instead of just a lot of clever yuks sprinkled liberally with profanity, I got a self-help book that was actually pretty good. As I've never read a self-help book before (although maybe some of the religious books I've read could be considered self-help...I like to think of them as spiritual guidance), I don't have a lot to compare it to, but it worked for me. ...more
Richard Bardon
I'm a stand-up comedy fan, but I wouldn't consider myself a massive Jim Gaffigan can. I've always admired his skill for family-friendly comedy (a term he expresses to hate in Dad is Fat), and am well aware that this type is comedy is often much more difficult than "working blue" where half laughter is shock or discomfort. I'm also not a regular practitioner of reading parenting books--as I have precisely 0 children of my own. While both of these count on the negative checklist, the word of mouth ...more
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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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