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20 Times Celeb Dads Got Real About Parenting & Made Us Laugh Out Loud

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When you think of "dad jokes," you probably think of corny, pun-heavy wisecracks that result in more groans than giggles. But certain hilarious fathers are proving that having kids does not automatically make a man comedically challenged. In fact, the things these famous guys have to say about raising kids might be some of their funniest material! It is brutally honest and we just cannot get enough of it. 

From painfully hilarious tweets to stand-up routines that seem like they're based on our own ridiculous life as a parents, these quotes from celebrity fathers take dad humor to the next level -- and we can't stop laughing.

Many of them are just brutally honest and they way they explain some of these incidences are not only super funny, but they are oh so relatable. Celeb dads like Ryan Reynolds and Dax Shepard are already known for having hilarious tweets and interviews, but the stuff about their kids is definitely some of the best. Seriously, most of these analogies and funny situations are spot on for any parent.

Here are 20 things celebrity dads have said about parenting that will make you crack up laughing! 


Channing Tatum 

Apparently, actor Channing Tatum's daughter is quite the makeup artist. Earlier this year, Channing tweeted: "This is what it looks like when a little tyrant fairy artist holds you down and makes your face look 'better.'"


Ryan Reynolds 

Father of two Ryan Reynolds is the undisputed king of hilarious tweets (with his sometimes twisted sense of humor). He often nails what every other parent is probably thinking (but would never dream of saying out loud). And we thought we loved him before he became a dad!

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Matthew McConaughey

It's all so simple, according to actor Matthew McConaughey. He once said about parenting, "They eat, they crap, they sleep. And if they’re crying, they need to do one of the three and they’re having trouble doing it. Real simple.”


Dax Shepard 

If only this were an acceptable excuse for tardiness! Actor/comedian Dax Shepard (who has two daughters with wife Kristen Bell) has clearly had his share of chaotic mornings. (Haven't we all?)

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5Ashton Kutcher

Parenting is a tough gig -- so any small victories can go to your head if you're not careful. Just ask dad of two, Ashton Kutcher.

"I kind of have like, a hero complex a little bit," Kutcher said on The Talk after the birth of his daughter, Wyatt. "I'm somebody's hero now. It fulfills every bit of your ego when the kid starts to cry and you're like, 'Oh, I got this,' and you take it, and suddenly the child calms down, and you're like, 'Oh yeah!' You feel like you're like a baby whisperer." 

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6Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake echoed the sentiments of new parents everywhere when he got real about how being a dad to son, Silas, has changed him. "All I know is I don't know what the hell I did before," he admitted in a radio interview with Carson Daly in 2016. Of course, he also added, "I've never had more poop on my person." We're with you, JT.

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7Will Ferrell

You've probably heard parents compare bringing up boys to living in a zoo, but Will Ferrell says it's more like a jailhouse.

"I can only imagine, but I sometimes equate it to what it must be like running a prison," Ferrell told People at the premiere of his movie Get Hard. "What happens with three boys is you end up barking out orders like, 'Upstairs now!' 'Brush teeth!' 'Lights out!' There is so much chaos you can't really take the time to articulate."


Jim Gaffigan

Any parent who has had to dig through a cup of ice cream picking out all the "chunks" knows exactly what comedian and father of five (!) Jim Gaffigan is talking about here. We never knew a frosty cone could cause such a meltdown -- pun intended!


Neil Patrick Harris

Neil wrote on Twitter, "Up until 2am constructing a table with wooden trains for Gideon and all he wants to do is play with a broom. #MerryXmas." 

The Santa struggle is real! Too bad nobody tipped father of twins Neil Patrick Harris off to the truth before he spent all night playing elf: Kids are just as happy playing with a cardboard box. Truth.


Conan O'Brien

Hey, sometimes it's a parent's job to teach those harsh life lessons. (If your dad is father of two Conan O'Brien, at least you'll be laughing ... someday.)

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Ray Romano 

Actor and comedian Ray Romano once said, “Having children is like living in a frat house. Nobody sleeps, everything’s broken and there’s a lot of throwing up.” I mean, he's not wrong! 


Patton Oswalt

Of course comedian Patton Oswalt's observations on breakfast time as a dad are painfully funny -- his observations on everything else are, too!


Michael Ian Black

Comedian Michael Ian Black sure did nail this one! Parents everywhere are currently bracing themselves (and their bank accounts) for Frozen 2

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14Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp's good judgment has come into question as of late, but his take on raising toddlers was 100 percent on target.

"When your child gets to about 1 year old, when they begin to walk, they're little terrors," he once said. "You have to always have your hand on them 'cause they're constantly bumping into things or breaking things or laughing and crying. So, I always thought they were like ... being around a tiny drunk."


Adam Scott 

As we already mentioned, the holiday struggle is too real. Former Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott may be on to something!  


Andy Richter

Sounds pretty accurate to us. Actor and comedian Andy Richter said this so perfectly. 


Taye Diggs 

Taye Diggs may act for a living, but that doesn't mean his son is impressed. Animal impressions require no slacking off! 

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Jon Stewart 

According to comedian Jon Stewart, “Parenthood is an amazing opportunity to be able to ruin someone from scratch.” We couldn't have said it better ourselves. 


Rob Delaney

Comedian Rob Delaney understands the struggle of things just always ending up on the floor when you have young kids. We've all been there. 

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