Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad Is Fat

By Jim Gaffigan

  • Release Date: 2013-05-07
  • Genre: Humour
Score: 4.5
From 49 Ratings
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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.


  • Pretty funny !

    By ChuckyCanucky
    Took me only five months to read this book due to my pretty busy days/ nights ... but in the end this book was pretty funny and I chuckled to myself quite a few times.
  • It's only funny cause its true.

    By labosauder
    So hilariously relatable! You can hear his voice while you read and picture how each incident is played out. Jim Gaffigan is every bit as funny on paper as he is in his stand up shows.
  • 5 stars

    By 1board1
    Bought the book. Finished the book, which is acknowledgment enough from me, I then rate it 5 stars and now you want me to write a 6000 word essay on the book? Is this school? Will there be punishment if I don't? I'll take my chances.
  • Dad Is Fat

    By SallyBC
    Loved it! Jim Gaffigan is one of my favourite comedians and he did not disappoint!