Dad Is Fat

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Crown/Archetype, May 7, 2013 - Humor - 288 pages
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.
 

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User Review  - villemezbrown - www.librarything.com

I like Gaffigan's stand-up routines a lot, and this book captures some of that magic, but without his voice to provide energy the single-minded focus on children and parenting -- a topic that has been ... Read full review

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User Review  - aratiel - www.librarything.com

Jim Gaffigan is hilarious, so I thought I'd try his parenting memoir in audiobook format. The first part of the book is basically an extended summary of many of his jokes in "Mr. Universe," only less ... Read full review

Contents

Nothing in Common 1 1
1
Drinking the KoolAid 1
13
Confess
26
The Pharaoh and the Slave
32
My Dad the Professional Wrestler
38
The Narcissists Guide to Babies and Toddlers
45
Oh My God Youre Pregnant?
52
Newhornland
60
1 6
116
Your Special Day 1 63
163
No Such Thing as a Free Babysitter 1 73
173
How to Put Five Kids to Bed in a TwoBedroom
180
My Former Bed 1 88
188
Naps Are Payday Loans 1 97
197
HandinMouth Disease
204
You Win McDonalds 2 1 2
212

Dogfight
67
The Invasion
74
Toddlerhood
83
The Evil Within
92
A Critical Analysis of Childrens Literature
99
Bring in da Noise 1 08
108
My Other Family
226
The Great White Baby
242
On the Road Again
258
ADDITIONAL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
273
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About the author (2013)

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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