Family, Faith and Comedian Jim Gaffigan

(Catholic New York) The title of comedian Jim Gaffigan’s first book, “Dad Is Fat,” is a testament to the fun and games played in the lower Manhattan Catholic household—a fifth-floor walkup on the Bowery—of the 48-year-old husband and father of five.

The not-so-subtle descriptor for the book published in 2013 was derived from the first complete sentence written by Jack Gaffigan, the second child and oldest son of Gaffigan and wife Jeannie Noth Gaffigan. Young Jack, then 5 years old, had scrawled the words on a dry-erase board.

Gaffigan’s second book, “Food: A Love Story,” is scheduled for release Oct. 21. It’s another serving of his clean comedy, humor he describes as a “romanticizing of laziness” and “confession of gluttony.” Jim and Jeannie will be at a book event and signing at Barnes & Noble at New York’s Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Gaffigans belong to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in lower Manhattan, where they were married in 2003 and their children have been baptized. “Dad Is Fat” includes pictures of the family at Old St. Patrick’s and references to the family’s attendance at Sunday Mass. The pastor, Msgr. Donald Sakano, is credited in the book’s acknowledgments.

In a recent interview at a coffee shop on Bleecker Street, the grounded and grateful couple discussed with humor and honesty their love for their family and for the Catholic faith. [more]


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