Jim Gaffigan has added yet another hyphen to his already multi-hyphenate life. The comedian, actor of television, film and yes, even Broadway, will officially become an author, as his parenting-themed book Dad is Fat becomes available in stores and online May 7. To be clear, this is not an advice book. If you know even a little about the veteran comedian, you know he’s not the type to claim he’s got all the answers – or any of the answers – about anything, let alone parenting.
Dad is Fat is a memoir of sorts that largely spans Gaffigan’s life as a husband, father of five children and co-habitant of a two-bedroom, walk-up in New York City. It sounds insane, I know, but he and his wife Jeannie (his longtime writing partner and producer of his live theater shows) manage it all. While the book will surely help parents reconcile some of the daily pitfalls they face, Dad is Fat should resonate with anyone who considers themselves a fan of Gaffigan’s comedy.
I recently sat down with Jim at an undisclosed location in Manhattan for a special edition of the Laughspin Podcast. We chatted about Dad is Fat, his new television pilot at CBS (co-starring Mira Sorvino, Janeane Garofalo and more of your favorite comedian types), his take on religion, the guilt that comes with parenting and so much more. Check it out and pass it on. Oh, and buy Dad is Fat.
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