A Gloomy, Awkward (But Ultimately Lovely) Interview With Twitter’s Favourite Comedian Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney is tired and cranky. With three kids under five and a successful TV show it’s understandable that he’s “barely” coping. “You know, it’s super, super hard,” the American comedian says on the line from London where he lives with his family. “Work is hard. Home is hard. Everything is hard right now.”

Delaney is heading our way as part of The Interrobang: a “festival of questions” hosted by Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre and in the opening night session he’ll be discussing, well, a bunch of random shit. At least that’s what can be gleaned from an event called “Are cockroaches attracted to human tears, and if so, why?

With 1.2 million followers, Delaney is best known for his Twitter presence — he was even the first and only recipient of Comedy Central’s ‘Funniest Person on Twitter’ award. This makes him a great fit for the event and he’ll no doubt be complemented by co-host Ben Law: the much-loved local writer whose stinging wit and predilection for joking about poop matches Delaney’s regular schtick. But speaking about it all today, he’s lacking that signature style of humour.

“Well, we’re just going to be fielding crazy questions from people, so we’re going to try to do it all in an entertaining manner,” he says in under 140 characters.

Is This Going To Be A Catastrophe?

It’s difficult to reconcile the subdued voice on the phone with that of the same actor who’s so effervescent and charming in Catastrophe, the anti-rom-com rom-com that aired on the ABC earlier this year. The second season commenced on the UK’s Channel 4 recently, with Sharon (Sharon Horgan) and Rob (Rob Delaney) picking up where they left off… sort of. All I’ll say is they’re pregnant and bickering.
Read more at Junkee.

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