Dad Is Fat by Jim GaffiganDad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad Is Fat

byJim Gaffigan

Paperback | April 22, 2014

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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 wife, Jeannie "is someone who gets pregnant looking at babies."

Five kids later, the comedian whose riffs on everything from Hot Pockets to Jesus have scored millions of hits on YouTube, started to tweet about the mistakes and victories of his life as a dad. Those tweets struck such a chord that he soon passed the million followers mark. But it turns out 140 characters are not enough to express all the joys and horrors of life with five kids, so hes' now sharing it all in Dad Is Fat.

From new parents to empty nesters to Jim's twenty-something fans, everyone will recognize their own families in these hilarious takes on everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to growing up in a big family ("I always assumed my father had six children so he could have a sufficient lawn crew") to changing diapers in the middle of the night ("like The Hurt Locker but much more dangerous") to bedtime (aka "Negotiating with Terrorists").

Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.
JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian and actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.
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Title:Dad Is FatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385349076

ISBN - 13:9780385349079

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 3 F's: Fat, Funny, Fantastic I am a massive fan of Jim Gaffigan and his stand-up comedy, often crediting him with being my first introduction to the art-form (I knew it was a thing, I just wasn't into it). This book was the perfect adaption of his stage work into the written form. I recognized a lot of his jokes, but still laughed at them just the same because they are really good! It is honest comedy that everyone can relate to. He talks a lot about having 5 kids and the antics that occur. I'm a young-adult and don't have kids, but I still split my sides from laughter because of the absurdity he goes through. I have had my ENTIRE family of 5 read this book so it was clearly worth the money. Pick it up today and find out why being a Fat Dad is the new comedy fad.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HIlarious but also actually informative The man is a comedian and a very good one at that. He is also a father of five and has fun insights into parenthood. The audio is awesome since it is the author speaking
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad #plumreview Not my cup of tea, but it was enjoyable and I can see why so many people enjoy him and his comedy.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A light, fun read #plumreview I laughed out loud. Probably funnier if you are a parent!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light vacation read for parents had me laughing out loud on the beach and on the plane Do you have kids? Sometimes you can laugh about parenting and sometimes you can't? This book will have you laugh at all those times not too long ago. It's light-hearted with quick short chapters which make it great for a vacation. Make sure you read it somewhere you don't mind if people stare at you laughing aloud. I really enjoyed this.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny but all True! Quick enjoyable read from a funny daddy comedian coping with life in New York City while raising five young children. As a parent, I laughed so much as the topics and scenarios that Jim humorously details has happened to me as well. Fantastic light read!.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your Dad is Fat This is a great book! I laughed out loud alot.....probably because I could relate to his stories..so true!
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read A great walk through life of dadhood. Gafigan is honest and very funny. He begins with life before kids and takes us on his journey to having five living in a two bedroom apartment in New York. He truly captures the hilarious things kids do and his responses to hischildren are equally funny.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo This book was a very good read. Had me laughing in every chapter. It was like listening to his stand up comedy routine. 110% recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dad is Fat This was a quick read that will ring true for anyone that has raised children.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read As a father of 5 myself and very involved with raising my kids, as the author is I found this book very humorous and could relate to almost every topic-scenario. It probably helps that I have a similar sense of humor. I think most would find it hilarious. Required reading for any dad, especially if you have 3 or more kids.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wee chortle I cannot possibly relate to the trials and tribulations of the writer in relation to volume of kids, but I do have five kids embodied by one son and could totally relate to many of his experiences. I snort-laughed on more than one occasion, as will anyone who is trying to raise kids in an urban environment. I wish the Gaffigans much success in their quest for a bigger apartment.
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny Never read a page without laughing. If you are a parent or know a parent of young kids, it's an absolute must.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny An excellent read. Jim Gaffigan is able to make you laugh throughout the book with anecdotes that the reader can very often relate to... His message about families and relationships is passed on via the clean brand of humor the author is known and appreciated for. I certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read with a smile on their face...
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very funny book...laughed out loud. We really enjoy Jim's stand up routines, and the book does not disappoint.  Some tender moments thrown in with the comedy.  A perfect book for all the dad's in your life...hilarious parenting stories abound.
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So funny If you enjoy Jim Gaffigan's stand-up material then you will definitely enjoy this book! Amidst the jokes and funny stories there were actually a number of interesting insights concerning parenthood and marriage.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dad Is Fat An incredibly funny book!
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dad Is Fat An incredibly funny book!
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dad Is Hilarious Genuinely laugh out loud funny throughout the whole book. If you enjoy Jim's stand-up this book will not disappoint.
Date published: 2013-05-23

Read from the Book

Letter to My ChildrenDear Children,I am your dad. The father of all five of you pale creatures. Given how attractive and fertile your mother is, there may be more of you by the time you read this book. If you are reading this, I am probably dead. I would assume this because I can honestly foresee no other situation where you’d be interested in anything I’ve done. Right now, you are actually more interested in preventing me from doing things like working, sleeping, and smiling. I’m kidding, of course. Kind of. I love you with all of my heart, but you are probably the reason I’m dead.All right, you didn’t kill me. Your mother did. She kept getting pregnant! I don’t know how. Don’t think about it. It will give you the willies. At one point, I was afraid she got pregnant while she was pregnant. She was so fertile I didn’t even let her hold avocados. Anyway, this is a book all about what I observed being your dad when you were very young and I had some hair back in good old 2013.So why a book? Well, since you’ve come into my life, you’ve been a constant source of entertainment while simultaneously driving me insane. I felt I had to write down my observations about you in a book. And also for money, so you could eat and continue to break things. By the way, I’m sorry I yelled so much and did that loud clapping thing with my hands. I hated when my dad would do the loud clapping thing with his hands, so every time I do the loud clapping thing, it pains me in many ways. Most of the pain is because that loud clapping thing actually hurts my hands.You may be wondering how I wrote this book. From a very early age, you all instinctively knew I wasn’t that bright of a guy. Probably from all the times you had to correct me when I couldn’t read all the words in The Cat in the Hat. Hell, I find writing e‑mails a chore. (Thank you, spell-check!) I wrote this book with the help of many people, but mostly your mother. Your mother is not only the only woman I’ve ever loved, but also the funniest person I know. When your mom was not in labor yelling at me, she made me laugh so hard.Love,DadP.S. How did you get that hula hoop into that restaurant Easter 2011?