Rob Delaney
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Rob Delaney
Rob Delaney
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Born (1977-01-19) January 19, 1977 (age 41)
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, writer, and political activist. He is widely known as the co-star and co-writer of the TV show Catastrophe.

Early life

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 Twitter, on which he started posting in 2009.[3] By 2016, Delaney had over 1.2 million followers.[4] While other comics were hesitant to share their material on social media, Delaney is considered one of the first comedians to use social media to publish jokes.[5] Delaney credits comedy writer and director Graham Linehan with his rise in popularity 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]


Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan interviewed about Catastrophe in 2015

In December 2011, Comedy Central announced that Delaney would shoot a pilot for a variety show, called "@RobDelaney".[13] However, the series was never picked up by them.

Instead, Delaney moved on to co-write and co-star with Sharon Horgan in Catastrophe,[14] that began airing in the UK on 19 January 2015. The show follows them after they get together following a brief affair while he is in the UK on business, and then moves there permanently after he learns that she has become pregnant.[15] It debuted in the United States on Amazon in June, 2015. There are now three series on Amazon and the show has been renewed for a fourth.[16]

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, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and Room 101.

Personal life

Delaney is married and has three children.[17][18] He lives in London.[19]

Delaney has publicly shared his experience with clinical depression and alcohol addiction.[20][21] 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.[22][23]

Delaney is a left wing progressive and often writes about political issues. He claims to choose presidential candidates based mostly on their policies regarding education and health care, reasoning: "Make it easier for your citizens to be healthy and smart and they will save you in ways you have yet to imagine."[24] He supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary and voted for Hillary Clinton in the subsequent general election.[25] After Donald Trump was elected president, Delaney joined the Democratic Socialists of America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the American Civil Liberties Union.[26]

In April 2017, Delaney endorsed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 UK general election.

On June 15, 2017, Rob Delaney appeared as a panelist on the BBC's Question Time, chaired by David Dimbleby, in Coventry, England.


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 - 2018 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 . 
  2. ^ Delaney, Rob (2013-11-05). "Rob Delaney: A Beautiful, Shimmering Red Flag". Esquire. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ Friar, Christine (2012-04-27). "Rob Delaney Talks Abortion, Comedy And That Famous Green Speedo With 'Vice'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rob Delaney's Followers". Twitter. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rob Delaney, From Free Twitter Jokes to Comedic Stardom". #TheLabNYC. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ Holt, Kris (2012-07-04). "Rob Delaney to The Daily Dot: 'I had to be good at Twitter'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "The 10 Best Comedians of 2010". Paste Magazine. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rob Delaney: First comedian to in 'funniest person on Twitter'". mashable. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "Articles by Rob Delaney". Vice Magazine. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rob Delaney Profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 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". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013. 
  13. ^ "Comedy Central preps Twitter show". 8 December 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  14. ^ "Catastrophe a new C4 comedy created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan". (Press release). 
  15. ^ "Star Wars' Carrie Fisher in new Sharon Horgan comedy Catastrophe - first look". Radio Times. 2015. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "'Catastrophe' renewed for seasons 3 and 4". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved . 
  17. ^ 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 2014. 
  18. ^ "rob delaney on Twitter". Twitter. April 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  19. ^ "rob delaney on Twitter". Twitter. August 22, 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ On Depression & Getting Help. (2010-02-26). Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  21. ^ Delaney, Rob (2010-10-01). "Comedy". Vice. Retrieved 2014. 
  22. ^ Delaney, Rob (2011). "Take a Stroll... With Rob Delaney: Helping You, Helping Me". Vice. Retrieved 2015. 
  23. ^ Freeman, Hadley (2012-09-17). "Rob Delaney: 'Twitter has rocketed me to a whole new level of standup'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012. 
  24. ^ Delaney, Rob (2011). "Take a Stroll... With Rob Delaney: A Voter's Guide". Vice. Retrieved 2016. 
  25. ^ Delaney, Rob (2016). "Who I'm voting for and why". Tumblr. Retrieved 2016. 
  26. ^ "rob delaney on Twitter". Twitter. December 11, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 

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