Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jim Gaffigan's Dad is Fat

Dad is FatSomehow, the day after I saw "Mr. Universe," Jim Gaffigan's latest stand up show on Netflix, I got the opportunity to get his new book to review.

First, here are the cons:

1. The book didn't arrive signed. I specifically asked for the book to be signed, "To BloggerFather, my best friend," but my instructions were ignored. Typical Liberal Hollywood Elites! Well, looks like I'm going to have to sign the book myself!

And it's a shame, because I think I could have been good friends with him. Maybe not best friends, but at least Facebook friends. I'd comment on his book cover, "Would it kill you to actually smile in the picture? LOL!!!" or maybe I'd tag him next time I'm going to New York: "Find a babysitter, @Jim Gaffigan, 'cause I'm coming over!"

So the book wasn't signed, and most likely, your copy won't arrive signed as well. Just giving you a fair warning.

In the video above, Gaffigan talks about having 4 kids:

You want to know what it's like to have a fourth? Just imagine you're drowning, and then someone hands you a baby.

Well, since the stand up show, Gaffigan somehow found the time to have a fifth child and write a book about being a dad, raising 5 kids in a 2 bedroom Manhattan apartment. It's called Dad is Fat, after the note the proud father received from his learning-to-write kid. It's like when your infant uses a swear word in public: you're embarrassed, but you're also proud because he used it in the correct context.

The book is funny--after all, it was written by a comedian, but it's also more personal than I thought it would be. And I don't know if Gaffigan would agree with me (although why should I care? He doesn't want to be my best friend), but between the short chapters, the pictures in the book, and the personal anecdotes, it's like reading an awesome dad blog, only this one happens to have been written by a very funny guy. The book is basically an honest invitation into the life of a father, who just like most fathers, had no idea what he was in for, but somehow managed to survive his baby's infant years and liked it enough to keep making babies. This book is not just honest and funny, it's also freakin' cute. Between the "What were we thinking?" moments, which are understandable when you think about 7 people living in a two-bedroom apartment, you get a lot of loving stories that might, just might, move Gaffigan away from being "The Hot Pockets guy," to being "The father of five guy."



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