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Publisher's Summary

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 has bungee-jumped off the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures, powerful retailers and the Kardashians. He listens to metal while he works out. 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 and Margaret Atwood have a thing going on Twitter. He is lucky to be alive.

©2013 Rob Delaney (P)2013 Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"Rob Delaney has done it again! Actually, this is his first book, so he has not 'done it again.' Actually, this book is so good, I doubt he will be able to do it again. He's peaked" (Judd Apatow)
"Warning: This book may cause involuntary seepage. Some funny, funny, funny, funny s*** from the most dangerous man on Twitter. The fact that he's just as funny in long form makes me want to vomit with envy" (Anthony Bourdain)
"All it takes to be as funny as Rob Delaney is luck, good timing, deep compassion, reckless imaginative agility, a flawless grasp of the inner workings of language, and criminally vast quantities of mojo. What a jerk" (Teju Cole, author of Open City)

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  • Spencer
  • Hereford, England
  • 04-11-17

Brilliant!

This is funny, heartwarming and very enjoyable! Rob is far more charming than should be allowed

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  • chris
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 06-23-14

so funny i pooped myself

If you could sum up Rob Delaney in three words, what would they be?

NOT REALLY NORMAL

What other book might you compare Rob Delaney to and why?

N/A

What about Rob Delaney’s performance did you like?

love it when someone who writes their book reads it. you get the feeling of what they were writing! he told jokes they way he wanted them to come across

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i laughed alot. even though there where some serious parts to the story

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  • Beccameriel
  • 03-07-14

Short, funny and moving

I got this as a palate cleanser in between epic bouts of Song of Ice and Fire.

Rob Delaney is hilarious and twitter and I loved his stand up show so was looking forward to this book. It's more like a series of essays than a linear narrative, recounting episodes from his life.It's humane and funny and full of warmth. He talks about addiction very openly and movingly without every falling into self pity or self justification.

Rob Delaney reads his own words extremely well - no problems in capturing the authorial tone of voice!

Obviously, there are lots of swearing, sex and drug references. If that sort of thing bothers you then you are not going to have a good time here.

Ultimately, it's about the redemptive power of love and comedy. Loved it.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 11-25-17

Surely I shouldn't be laughing at this!

Rob Delaney's writing, turns of phrase and delivery made what should have been a bleak tale of recovery from alcohol addiction absolutely hilarious. Throughout the book I kept thinking - I shouldn't be laughing at this but laugh I did.

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  • Drawing Lady
  • 10-27-17

Not brilliant, nowhere near as good as Catastrophe

I did manage to finish it so maybe it's three stars but I was disappointed really. Also...total obsession with boy parts! Enough mental images already! Then again, the story of beating alcoholism was very moving and even inspirational. Okay, four stars...

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  • Sue Black
  • 08-22-17

Funniest audio book ever!

Simply hilarious from start to finish. The funniest audio book I've ever listened to. #genius

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  • Luce Prints
  • 06-30-17

Laugh out loud funny, honest and poignant

Really enjoyed both the book and Delaney's narration. It was laugh out loud funny, honest and poignant.

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  • Tory
  • 12-22-16

Rob D...

is a likeable guy as is this searingly honest book. Way to go funny man...keep 'em coming.

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  • shauna
  • 08-15-16

Even better the second time around

This is such a joy from start to finish, laughs, tears then more laughs. Brilliant.

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  • Becca
  • 03-14-16

Funny with a capital F

What a fantastic book. I've loved listening and was sad when it ended. Don't listen if you don't like swearing though.

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  • Laura
  • 06-13-15

Some gems

Would you try another book written by Rob Delaney or narrated by Rob Delaney?

Yes, possibly I would lean more to his writing than narrating - surprisingly flat for a performer.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rob Delaney again?

Yes.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Delaney?

Yes, but I think there is a lot of room for him to improve his narration skills.

Could you see Rob Delaney being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

See: Catastrophe. It's a series by and starring Rob Delaney.

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  • Nick Ross
  • 04-20-15

Frank, honest and hilarious.

An honest and hilariously crude walk through addiction, hepatitis and comedy. Delaney's delivery is dryly comic. Lovely stuff Geoff.