Comedy preview: Rob Delaney

Comedy preview: Rob Delaney

Catastrophe star drops into Scotland for rare appearance

A sticker plastered across his poster in The Stand heralding Rob Delaney’s only Scottish date this year says it all: ‘this show sold out even before we put this poster up’. Some people just don’t need much publicity to get the crowds rolling in.

At this point, Delaney is known for several things: giving up drinking after being involved in a car accident which left him with two broken arms and in prison; continually being called ‘the funniest person on Twitter’; not being related to fellow comics Steve Delaney (aka Count Arthur Strong) or the one-line gag merchant Gary Delaney; and starring opposite Sharon Horgan in Channel 4’s Catastrophe, a filth-laden relationship comedy-drama. And he’s also written a book with one of the catchiest titles in literary history: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

The Meat tour features Delaney’s first date in Edinburgh since he made his Scottish debut here at the Fringe in 2013. Many reviews then suggested that he was following strongly in the footsteps of Louis CK in terms of performance style and even some subject matter (being the seemingly conflicted father of two small children) but Delaney is now a true force to be reckoned with in his own right. Even if he does admit to having joined Twitter solely on the basis that if it was good enough for Louis, it was good enough for him.

The Stand, Edinburgh, Wed 1 Jul.

Rob Delaney

  • 3 stars

Startlingly funny Delaney, who began to take off thanks to his Twitter account, which got him voted 'Funniest Person on Twitter' by Comedy Central. That worked out fairly well for him, as he's been all over America telling funnies, has recorded a stand-up DVD Live at the Bowery Ballroom and published a book, Rob Delaney…

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