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Dad Is Fat

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  76,129 ratings  ·  7,584 reviews
Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids.

Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content to be "that weird uncle who lives in an apartment by himself in New York that everyone in the family speculates about." But all that changed when he married and found out his wi
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Published June 4th 2013 by Random House Audio (first published May 7th 2013)
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Katelyn I was surprised that he does swear quite a few times. I wouldn't go too young for this one. I'd say PG-13.…moreI was surprised that he does swear quite a few times. I wouldn't go too young for this one. I'd say PG-13.(less)

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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
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
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
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This book may not appeal to everyone, but if you have kids, it should appeal to you!

Gaffigan says what every parent is thinking, but is afraid to say out loud. As a parent of a two year old and a five year old, not only did it feel like he was speaking directly to me, I wondered if he was following me around and taking notes - 95% of this book happens to me almost daily!

I did hear that some people didn’t care for it and there are a few reasons I think this might be:
• Gaffigan is very goofy and s
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

3.5 stars

Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan is a comedian, actor, and author. Jim and his wife Jeannie have five small children, and raising them is a challenge. It's also a rich source of humor, which Jim shares in this book.

Jim Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie

Jim Gaffigan with his wife and children

Jim and his family live in a two-bedroom apartment on the 5th floor of a New York City walk-up (no elevator). So Jim would really like you to buy this book so he can afford to move to a bigger place. LOL

New York
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jason Koivu
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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVE Jim Gaffigan. He makes me laugh so hard and I always feel good after watching him on stand up, or reading his books.

I really hope he writes more books. I'm in!

Lindsey Rey
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2015
I listened to the audiobook and everything about this was excellent! :D
Deborah Markus
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I knew of Jim Gaffigan but hadn't ever experienced any of his comedy, when I decided to check out this audiobook for a recent long, hot driving trip. It was a great choice. These are humorous essays, read by the author, about his and his wife, Jeannie's, journey through parenting five children in their tiny, two-bedroom apartment in the Bowery, from home birthing all five, through field trips to New York City park bathrooms, Disney World, and an endless series of other people's kids' birthday pa ...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. ...more
Whitney Atkinson
If I could describe this book in one word, it would be wholesome. From Jim's parenting techniques to his style of humor, it somehow made me chuckle yet feel heartwarmed (is that a word?). I fell in love with Jim's Hot Pocket skit--and I've now confirmed myself to be his most basic and undevoted fan--and I think that even having only seen such little of his material, this was still enough to get me to laugh and gain more respect for him.

Obviously I can't relate to being a parent, but it put an i
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
People often talk about books that are "laugh-out-loud" funny, but I've never really found many. DAD IS FAT definitely hits that mark for me. I couldn't hardly stop laughing while reading these observations on life from Jim Gaffigan. Other than audio of David Sedaris stories, and sometimes Bill Bryson, Jim Gaffigan made me laugh out loud more than any other author out there. A very funny, FUN book! ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up!

Dad Is Fat is another super funny book from comedian Jim Gaffigan!

What it's about: Jim Gaffigan talks about family, the complications of having five children, and children in general.

I listened to Dad Is Fat on audiobook which is the way I recommend 'reading' it. Gaffigan reads his own audiobooks which makes them even more enjoyable than if you were just reading the words. I also listened to Food: A Love Story by Gaffigan which was really good, but I actually liked this
Aug 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic, comedy, audio
Jim Gaffigan is very funny, and he knows exactly how to share his family complaint stories in an affable and charming way.

But it's so much family. If you're married, if you have kids, then you'll love this. Single people like myself may enjoy Gaffigan as much as anyone, but it's just not that relatable. Still, an interesting window in the specific life of New Yorkers who have 5 kids and like candy :)
I tell ya, men just aren't funny.

I mean, judging by my reactions to the male comedian autobiographies vs my reactions to the female comedian autobiographies I've read recently, the men are coming up short. They've been doing this writing/comedying thing with so much more success for so much longer, they should have it down pat by now, right?
Maybe it's not just Gaffigan who got fat, maybe they all have and this is a game in which you need to stay lean, be hungry, fight hard. The women are winnin
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m so glad that I listened to the audiobook, because Jim’s delivery makes this even more amazing than it already is. This is ‘laugh out loud my stomach aches now’ funny. I’m not sure if anyone who isn’t a parent would truly appreciate this masterpiece, as much as a sleep deprived sucker aka parent would and should.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathrine ☯️
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
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’
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
Barnabas Piper
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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
That was a fun read. I think books like these, Yes Please, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Life Is a Bowl of Cherry Pits to name a few, are like literary Chinese Food. It's so, so good as you eat and then an hour later you are hungry again. You also can't recall exactly what the meal tasted like, only that you would be happy to eat it again.

It was very obvious how much Gaffigan loves his wife and children from this book. I like that. I was not even peripherally aware of h
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 tun
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
OMG this book so freaking hilarious.

Ever since I watched him live and on video, oh and don't forget the HOT POCKET joke -I've loved him.

Jim Gaffigan could do no wrong in my eyes. I kind of miss watching him perform on screen because I really need his jokes, like a lot. This book definitely cured me for a little bit. I mean I knew he was freaking hilarious way before I realized he wrote a book. Then I opened this book and well, let's just say I was not disappointed a freaking bit.

Seriously, I cou
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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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