Buy on Amazon • Series Reading Order •
Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother. He played Sir Lancelot in Camelot. He has battled depression. He is funny as s***. He cleans up well. He is friends with Margaret Atwood. He is lucky to be alive.
Read these hilarious and heartbreaking true stories and learn how Rob came to be the man he is today.
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review by Travis Starnes
Rob Delaney, a comedian who broke out through his well-received twitter account, wrote a tongue and cheek look at his life.
The book is sort of a rambling series of funny events or thoughts strung together very loosely in a narrative. That isn’t a knock on his writing in any way. Think of it as the literary equivalent of a stand up set, and that is essentially what this book is. I am not sure if we work shopped the material prior to putting it on paper, but most of the bits are very funny and work well. Delaney is a funny guy and it shows. As with most comedians most of the shots he takes are at himself and he masterfully turns the art of self-deprecation into entertainment.
While the book is very funny, and worth reading on that merit alone, there is also some fairly interesting information passed here as well. Delaney is one of a new type of celebrity that made their name in social media before becoming widely known for anything else. I myself have followed his twitter feed for several years and find pretty much all the jokes worth it. It is interesting to get his take on how he managed, or stumbled if you follow his point of view, to turn his twitter following into a quasi-celebrity and actual work on TV and films.
There is a down side to having followed his twitter feed is not all the material in the book is new to me. I have read some of it in the past as he has recycled some of the material. However, everything he brought back for the book was greatly expanded so it isn’t an actual problem.
I have heard some people complain about the “hostility” in his comedy, and if you feel that way then this might not be the book for you. I however do not feel his comedy is hostile. It does poke fun at people and can be taken as mean if you read it the wrong way, but that is what most comedy is. You have to understand up front that this is meant for entertainment and take it for what it is.
Delaney is a funny guy and this is a book that will make you laugh. Read it and follow him on twitter, you won’t regret either.