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”).
Back in April, the hubby and I stumbled on Jim Gaffigan's stand up. Don't ask me how it took us so long, we were huge fans of his guest appearances on Flight of the Concords and Bob's Burgers, and we'd seen small bits of his act on Just for Laughs specials that made us laugh so hard we'd cried, but somehow we just hadn't run into his full length stand up features. When we did, we couldn't get enough. In the past seven months we've seen each of them at least twice, and they are no less funny. At some point I'm sobbing with laughter and missing half the following bit, maybe that's why they continue to be so funny? So when I found out Gaffigan was publishing a humorous biography about being a father I knew I had to read it.
It took me awhile to get my hands on it, the waiting list was one of the longer ones at the library but it was well worth the wait. If you've seen his latest show then there are parts of this book that you'll clearly recognise, but even writing it down instead of performing it, Gaffigan had me in tears. Forget the hubby reading it himself, I was in such hysterics while reading he ended up putting down his book so that I could read all the funniest parts to him.
Obviously, as newly minted parents ourselves, lots of his parenting observations are especially funny. I can only say I completely agree with him that there is some evil snap fiend in the overseas infant footy pj factory, maliciously covering the thing in snaps, and likely putting more down one side than the other for a laugh. Time will tell if my child will ask for more cake on her bread after eating the icing off a cupcake. One can hope. However, the brilliant part about Gaffigan's humor, both his stand up and now his book, is it's everyman/woman kind of humor, no kids needed. His reflections on food are always guaranteed to leave me gasping for breath between out of control laughter, and his reflections on going on a classic ski trip with his family, especially the bit where he refers to the odd lucky charms system of marking the difficulty of hills killed me. Lets not even talk about the comparisons between nursery school and a bar at 2am!
Without a doubt this is a book I hope you not only read, but that you share, because this is one of those books that's only better when you get to giggle over it with others.
Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan
Published by Crown Archetype, May 7th, 2013