Jim Gaffigan, known as the “clean comedian” spent most of his jokes talking about food…until he had children. In this book Dad is Fat, he speaks about parenting from his comedic, hilarious perspective. With short easy to read chapters, I highly suggest this to anyone with or thinking of having children—especially to dads! My husband and I read this book together and both thoroughly enjoyed it—even before we had kids.
If you enjoy watching Jim Gaffigan as a comedian already, you’ll definitely appreciate this book. While a few things in his stand-up routine might be similar to this book, you’ll be delighted by the abundance of new material in this book as well. He speaks candidly about the difficulty of raising five kids in a two-bedroom apartment in downtown New York. He compares this to his childhood growing up in northern Indiana as well. You’ll laugh, maybe even cry.
When people refer to Jim as a “clean” comedian, they mean his comedy is rated “G” for everyone. He has often said he wants his work to be something he’s not afraid to show his kids. You’ll find that true with this book as well. From his conversations about parenting, marriage, and his life as a comedian, you’ll be given fun ways to think about your own life as well.
I am giving this book a 4.8 out of 5. There’s really nothing wrong with it—so it should receive a 5. However, I am reserving my “5 out of 5s” for those life-changing, everyone must read books. You don’t have to read this book, but you will enjoy it if you do. It might change your life, but that’s not really the goal of it either. The goal is to make you laugh and enjoy your life a little more—and for that, he nails it.
PS-This would make a great Father’s Day gift! (Or new dad gift, or “don’t be afraid to become a dad” gift)