Dad Is Fat

By Jim Gaffigan

Narrated by Jim Gaffigan
5 hours 25 minutes

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In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). 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.

About the Author

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated Comedian, New York Times bestselling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. In May of 2013, Jim's first book Dad is Fat was released by Crown Publishing debuting on the New York Times bestsellers list at #5 and remained in the top 20 for 17 weeks. His second book is called Food: A Love Story. His fourth hour-long special "Obsessed" premiered on Comedy Central on April 27th, 2014 becoming the most-watched stand-up special since April 2013. The album, by the same title, debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200, and charted #1 on iTunes giving Gaffigan four albums in the Top 10 Comedy Albums on iTunes. At the 2014 American Comedy Awards he was awarded Best Concert Comedian. Gaffigan lives in New York City with his wife Jeannie and their five children.

Reviews

In 60 short chapters that read like stand-up bits, the comedian shares his insights on being the youngest of six kids in a Catholic family and explains why adults are really just 'giant toddlers.' He covers everything actual toddlers love, from candy to cousins, mocks preschool and nut allergies in three swift paragraphs, and explains why he and Jeannie opted for five home births as well as how they are raising so many kids in a such a tiny living space.

Publishers Weekly

His chaotic family life serves as the basis for this nonfiction debut, and readers can assume that he'll reap an endless supply of comedic material from this situation for years to come.

Kirkus Reviews

In a series of vignettes, Gaffigan reflects on the similarity between bars and nursery school, evaluates children’s literature (including bonding with The Giving Tree), and explains the horrific reality of a Disney vacation, all the while sanctifying his wife and playing up his ineptitude.

Library Journal

Author

Narrator
Jim Gaffigan

ISBN
9780804148009

Length
5 hours 25 minutes

Language
English

Publisher
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Publication Date

Abridged
No

  • Every night before I get my one hour of sleep, I have the same thought: 'Well, that’s a wrap on another day of acting like I know what I’m doing.' I wish I were exaggerating, but I’m not. Most of the time, I feel entirely unqualified to be a parent. I call these times being awake.
  • We are all a little weird. And we like to think that there is always someone weirder. I mean, I am sure some of you are looking at me and thinking, 'Well, at least I am not as weird as you,' and I am thinking, 'Well, at least I am not as weird as the people in the loony bin,' and the people in the loony bin are thinking, 'Well, at least I am an orange'.
  • People treat having a kid as somehow retiring from success. Quitting. Have you seen a baby? They’re pretty cute. Loving them is pretty easy. Smiling babies should actually be categorized by the pharmaceutical industry as a powerful antidepressant. Being happy is really the definition of success, isn’t it?

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