Dad Is Fat
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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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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 “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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more