Monday, January 06, 2014
Dad is Fat is essentially a collection of Gaffigan's observations about the trying yet humorous world of parenthood. I listened to the audiobook, read by Gaffigan, and was expecting to be laughing out loud for the next week of my commute. While the book was enjoyable, I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to having also watched DVDs of the comedian. I think in large part this was because I was expecting more... well, comedy. It is funny, but largely tongue-in-cheek humor.
Also, to be perfectly frank, some of it scared me. I have one baby, and I live in a second story 2-bedroom walk-up in LA. Gaffigan has five children under the age of 8 and lives in a fifth story 2-bedroom walkup in New York City. Our situations are different enough that his life sounds crazy to me, but similar enough that there is sometimes a little too much truth in what he says, and makes me fear for the future, when I have more than one child and they are older and more mischievous.
However, most of the stories were amusing and definitely helped my commute pass faster. If you are a fan of Gaffigan and a parent, you will most likely enjoy this book.
Warnings: Maybe one or two swears