Daddy Drinks: Six Dads Trying to Get It Right—While Getting It Hilariously Wrong

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One very, very late night, in a state of panic, a new dad reaches out to five of his buddies via instant messenger to ask for advice on being a father. What results is a nonstop stream of consciousness as the Daddy Drinks daddies overshare, gripe, grouse, complain, and offer questionable guidance to one another on how to keep their kids alive and their marriages intact.

Daddy Drinks is the real transcript lifted from that messenger thread that shines a comedic light on the idea that almost any man can be a father—but almost no father knows what the hell he’s doing!


Daddy Drinks is a celebration of the ups and downs of raising a new baby—not just the fatigue and worry—but also the immense joys of newfound fatherhood.


Features a begrudging foreword from TV dad Patrick Duffy.

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Henry Dittman used to have a career as a working actor on shows such as Mad Men, Entourage, and CSI: Cyber; acting in over 100 television commercials; and spending free time performing award-winning roles in award-winning theater productions with his pals. He went surfing daily, took his wife on spur-of-the-moment vacations, and had NBA season tickets for 14 years—just for fun! Then he became a father, and things completely went to hell.


Padraic Duffy is the Managing Director of The Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles and occasionally a playwright when he’s not being vomited on by his wonderful children. Not an actor himself, he is happily surrounded by them: his talented wife, his Daddy Drinks buddies, his father and brother, and his son, who looked him right in the eye and said, “I did not poop my pants.” (Spoiler: he did.)


Victor Isaac was born a skinny black man. He stopped being skinny shortly after becoming a father. Coincidence? Probably. When not being father, Victor creates art at Sacred Fools Theater. He can be found most Saturday nights hosting “Serial Killers at Sacred Fools Theater” and drinking tequila.


Michael Lanahan is a husband, father, and actor. His dream to be a stay-at-home dad bit him in the butt, and he’s been losing his mind ever since. He often refers to his daughter as the “little terrorist,” “poop princess,” and “hey, you.” Mike has been seen on The Office, Rizzoli & Isles, and Jersey Boys, as well as plays in LA & Off Broadway. He dedicates this book to Finley: First she took him hostage, and now she’s the love of his life. Maybe that’s the Stockholm Syndrome.


Jacob Sidney was recently awarded FATHER OF THE YEAR for teaching his 4-year-old how to get him beers from the fridge during football games. He is author of the full-length solo show called “A Sweet Deal,” as well as numerous short plays, songs, and vocal arrangements. In addition to a long stage acting career, Sidney works as Marketing Director for Ojai Playwrights Conference.


French Stewart became a father shortly after being told by doctors that he had “the most useless seed the medical community had ever witnessed.” Take that, science! His role on Third Rock from the Sun made him a “national treasure” (his words). Since then he can be seen in Inspector Gadget 2, Home Alone 4, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 or any sequel to a children's movie that none of the original cast members want anything to do with.

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Post Hill Press
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Jun 16, 2017
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Family & Relationships / Parenting / Fatherhood
Humor / Topic / Celebrity & Popular Culture
Humor / Topic / Marriage & Family
Humor / Topic / Men, Women & Relationships
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