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Dad Is Fat

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Jim Gaffigan

5 Hours 27 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2013

Audio Book Summary

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 he's 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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  • Chantelle Wood

    As a parent to a toddler I found this book very amusing, I could relate to so many things and laughed the whole way through. I have never listened to the comedian perform before and I think it's absolutely fantastic that he doesn't swear much and is clean. He seems like a great dad and performer and I will be looking out for more of his work now. Thanks for sharing and good work keeping all those kids alive.

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  • elizabeth t

    We love Jim Gaffigan. We listen to his books on car trips. It is fun for whole family.

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  • Jim Moore

    Cannot wait till the sequel comes out for the teenage years .

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  • Angela Workman

    After seeing Jim Gaffigan on Jimmy Fallon, we watched two of his specials on Netflix. LOVE his humor so much. So when I signed up for Audio books, I had to add "Dad is Fat". Really glad he is narrating his own book... his voice (and inflections-fans know what I mean...) make it perfect. And if you are a parent, or were one before your kids left the nest, you will relate to pretty much everything. Lastly, you can listen to this WITH the family (a bad word or two, nothing much tho') as he's a 'clean' comedian parallel to Jerry Seinfeld humor. Hot pockets-LOL

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  • Brittany larsen

    Super fun book, as a mom to three kids I can relate to everything he talks about! As a parent You have to laugh at it - or you won't enjoy it! Great read.

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