Rob Delaney is one comedian who has mastered the art of the one-liner. He has parlayed that talent into a unique career niche, offering his constant stream of unusual and witty thoughts via Twitter and, in the process, developing the biggest following of any comedian using that tech application.
With well over 925,000 followers built up in the just the past four years, Delaney has also been named The Funniest Person on Twitter by the Comedy Central Comedy Awards and as one of the 50 Funniest People by Rolling Stone magazine. Now, he’s made the leap to offering his musings in longer form, as the author of the new autobiographical essay collection titled “Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.”
On Tuesday, Delaney will be reading from the book as well as performing stand-up and engaging in an audience Q&A session at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles in a special event organized by Vroman’s Bookstore of Pasadena.
“Like a lot of people, I thought Twitter was really stupid, but I read that Louis CK was using it and I respected him and the way he approached his career, so it wasn’t too long after that I realized it was a great place to just tell jokes,” says Delaney. “I had always been a storyteller in my stand-up act, so I found it really made me enjoy just telling jokes for the first time. I had not been a quippy one-liner comic and I remain not being one.”
Tweeting outrageous comments like, “My niece just said ‘Birds live in a birdhouse & we live in a people house!’ Cute, huh? Wrong; my niece is 26 & on trial for manslaughter,” and “Just passed a guy wearing a ‘#1 Dad’ T-shirt. On my way home now to ask my kids what the fuck.”
Delaney is known for putting darkly outrageous thoughts into the ether of the Internet. But aside from nixing occasionally violent thoughts, like “wishing I could take someone out of their car and beat them in the middle of traffic,” he doesn’t censor himself and claims to have no regrets over his output.
“I have always, for better or worse, lacked that filter that a lot of people have in polite society,” he explains. “That has served me at some times and hindered me at others. I don’t place a premium on things like privacy and shame in my own life. If what you deal in is to get to the heart of matters making people laugh, you don’t want to censor the way you approach your life.”
Rob Delaney will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Admission is free. Visit vromans.com or call (626) 449-5320.