Dad Is Fat
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
'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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more