Rob Delaney (comedian)

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Rob Delaney
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Born (1977-01-19) January 19, 1977 (age 39)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Residence London, England, UK
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer
Years active 2003–present
Children 3

Rob Delaney (born January 19, 1977) is an American comedian, actor, and writer.

Early life[edit]

Delaney was raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts.[1] He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with a degree in musical theater in 1999.[2]



Delaney first came to the attention of the public via his Twitter account which he created in February 2009.[3] As of April 2016, Delaney had 1.26 million followers.[4] While many other comics were initially hesitant to share their material on social media, Delaney is considered one of the first comedians to fully use social media to his advantage by sharing jokes on Twitter.[5] Delaney credits comedy writer and director Graham Linehan with his rise in popularity on Twitter and in the comedy community after Linehan began responding to Delaney's tweets.[6]

In 2010, Paste magazine named Delaney one of the ten funniest people on Twitter.[7] In May 2012, he became the first comedian to win the 'Funniest Person on Twitter Award' at The Comedy Awards hosted by Comedy Central.[8]


Delaney has written several articles for Vice[9] as well as The Guardian.[10]

His book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. was published by Spiegel & Grau in November 2013.[11][12]


In December 2011, Comedy Central announced that Delaney would shoot a pilot for a variety show, called "@RobDelaney".[13]

Delaney and Sharon Horgan co-wrote and co-star in Catastrophe, a six-part comedy series for the British Channel 4[14] that began airing in the UK on 19 January 2015. It has been renewed for a second series.[15]

Since moving to the UK in 2014, Delaney has appeared on several British panel shows, including Have I Got News for You, Would I Lie to You?, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Personal life[edit]

Delaney is married and has three children.[16][17] He resides in London.[18]

He has been open about his struggle with severe clinical depression and an alcohol addiction.[19][20]

In 2002, Delaney blacked out while driving and drove his car into a building owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In the wreck, he broke his left wrist and right arm, and had both of his knees scratched to the bone. This prompted Delaney to stop drinking, and he has been sober since February 4, 2002.[21][22]


Year Work Role Notes
2007 Wild Girls Gone Himself
2009 Coma, Period. Dan Humford Ten episodes
2009 Outer Space Astronauts Commander Cake
2010 This Week in Comedy Himself
2011 The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest Himself Six episodes
2012 Key and Peele Campaign Advisor / White Guy in Negraph Commercial Two episodes
2012 First Dates with Toby Harris Brad
2013 Rob Delaney Live at the Bowery Ballroom Live performance special available on Netflix
2014 Life After Beth News Anchor
2015 Catastrophe Rob Co-creator, co-writer and main cast


  1. ^ "How ‘funniest person on Twitter’ Rob Delaney revived the TV romcom - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  2. ^ Delaney, Rob (2013-11-05). "Rob Delaney: A Beautiful, Shimmering Red Flag". Esquire. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Friar, Christine (2012-04-27). "Rob Delaney Talks Abortion, Comedy And That Famous Green Speedo With 'Vice'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rob Delaney's Followers". Twitter. Retrieved 5 Dec 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rob Delaney, From Free Twitter Jokes to Comedic Stardom". #TheLabNYC. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Holt, Kris (2012-07-04). "Rob Delaney to The Daily Dot: 'I had to be good at Twitter'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "The 10 Best Comedians of 2010". Paste Magazine. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rob Delaney: First comedian to in 'funniest person on Twitter'". mashable. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Articles by Rob Delaney". Vice Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rob Delaney Profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (16 November 2013). "Book Review: Rob Delaney by Rob Delaney". Boston Globe. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Kyle (2013-11-04). "Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.". A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Comedy Central preps Twitter show". 8 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Catastrophe a new C4 comedy created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan". (Press release). 
  15. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (June 26, 2015). "'Catastrophe' Co-Creator Says Amazon Series Will Get Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ North, Kyle (5 November 2013). "Rob Delaney explains why Phoebe Gloeckner’s A Child’s Life is "the North Star"". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "rob delaney on Twitter". Twitter. April 22, 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "rob delaney on Twitter". Twitter. August 22, 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  19. ^ On Depression & Getting Help. (2010-02-26). Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  20. ^ Delaney, Rob (2010-10-01). "Comedy". Vice. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  21. ^ Delaney, Rob (2011). "Take a Stroll... With Rob Delaney: Helping You, Helping Me". Vice. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  22. ^ Freeman, Hadley (2012-09-17). "Rob Delaney: 'Twitter has rocketed me to a whole new level of standup'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 

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