Dad Is Fat

Dad Is Fat

Book - 2013
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Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan expresses the joys and horrors of life with five young children.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2013
Characteristics: xi, 274 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385349055 (hc.)
038534905X (hc.)
Call Number: 814.6 GAFFIGAN


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Jul 19, 2018

Great. Just as funny as you would expect it to be if you’ve heard his routine. Too much fun. 😹

Feb 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. Very funny. I hope to read more of his work.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

I kept getting the feeling that I'd read this book before. I mean, granted, the subject (comedian writes book about being a parent) is not new - Bill Cosby, Paul Reiser, and I don't know who else have covered the topic in writing, and many other stand-up comedians use their children and their family life as the basis of their comedy. But I honestly felt like I'd read these particular jokes before. Either Gaffigan was recycling some of his stand-up material, or I have actually read this book. At any rate, my sister had this on her to-read list, so I figured it would be interesting to re-read the book from her viewpoint.
Gaffigan and his wife have five children and, to plagiarize Cosby, the reason they have five children is because they do not want six children. He also grew up in a large family. One of the best parts of the book is the chapter titled, "Six kids, Catholic", in which he relates that this was his standard response (and explanation) when people asked him about his large family; he uses the same response now when people ask him about his kids, but he said religion had nothing to do with him and his wife having so many kids. (wink, wink; nudge, nudge) A lot of the comedy in the book is based not only on their children, but the special problems involved with having such a large group of kids - outings to the park, family vacations, dwindling lists of babysitters. Because the family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York, even getting all the kids to bed at night is a major undertaking.
There were several laugh-out-loud moments, and quite a few chuckles, but overall I wasn't wowed by the book. One of the other reviewers said she listened to the audiobook, which Gaffigan himself narrated, and I think that would have been better; I really like Gaffigan's stand-up, and delivery is a big part of his comedy. But, like with a lot of other books written by comedians, this one left me feeling disappointed.

CatherineG_1 Jun 05, 2016

As another reviewer said, I was laughing so hard my husband had me read out many passages. My favourites were Gaffigan and his wife trying to sleep, go out and hire a babysitter for their children. As Jim said, this book is good for those who have been a child or had children. Definitely a fun read!

Mar 24, 2016

I cannot count the number of passages from this book I felt compelled to read out loud to my wife. A book we both enjoyed, full of short vignettes about parenting in the city.

Oct 30, 2015

Dad is Fat is an entertaining book written with Gaffigan's signature humor. I think it is more tailored towards parents, but it was still funny to me as a non-parent.

Aug 01, 2015

An adorable read. Funny, heartwarming, and honest, Dad is Fat is a spectacular summer read, or any time of the year.

Jul 07, 2015

As somebody has said below me, in this book you notice bits from his stand-up, literally word for word, popping up all over the book. That annoyed me a little bit, especially because the same thing happened in his more recent book "Food: A Love Story." I did laugh throughout the book, even though I don't have kids myself, and I do like Jim Gaffigan and his stand-up, so I did like this book. I just wish he would come up with something new for his books.

Dec 27, 2014

Funniest, if you can relate to having a family, but much less so if you do not have a family. Not nearly as clever as his food-related insights.

Dec 12, 2014

Love his stand-up, but reading his book you start to realize that a good portion of his comedic value comes from his delivery style. If you read all of the short essays, you'll recognize some of it word for word from his stand up routine. As someone else mentioned, it is very akin to reading parenting blogs.

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Jun 20, 2014

This is Jim's take on raising 5 kids in NYC. As a parent and fan of his standup I found it very funny.


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