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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

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"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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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.

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laugh out loud funny

really enjoyed it. this is laugh out loud funny so get ready for people to move away from you on public transport. open and honest and read by the author which is always a plus. a good book for humans.

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Listened free on Audible

I haven’t tried Audible before so maybe I would have enjoyed this more had I “read” it myself.
I kept waiting the whole time for the “laughs” but didn’t get them, as other reviews had advised, but maybe it’s not meant to be funny?!I love Catastrophe, it’s really well written & acted, so maybe RD has perfected his craft of writing more since this book was written.
He just seems to be trying too hard all the time to be “funny”.
In summary, I don’t really get this book at all but it was ok for a free trial on Audible.

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Loved this hope there’s a second book

Fantastic, funny, compelling. Addictive. Not long enough, need a second volume a s a p

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brutally honesty account of difficult life choices

sometimes difficult to listen to. always graphic. funny in places and heartbreaking in others.

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Superb, open and honest. things

You are left in no doubt about three things. Mr Delaney is a very nice funny man, he has accepted his demons, he cares. A very punchy and fast paced book, worth every penny, you will laugh, you might cry, you might not but it will make you think.

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Honest and graphic.

I thought, initially, the dead pan delivery would put me off. But I loved this audiobook.

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Very funny and brilliantly narrated

Thanks Rob for tge odd looks id get whilst walking the dog and listening and laughing to myself like a loon

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Laughed out loud

Rob Delaney is truly a lovely man whose enthusiasm to expose all his flaws, misdemeanours & mishaps alongside his many loves & embarrassments endear him to me more.

I share his love of old buildings & distain of misogyny I share. I laughed out loud many times right to the end. Even the thanks at the end are hilarious (apart from the *Bill Cosby bit which I assume meant he wrote it long before the sex predator was exposed). I found comfort in his mistakes, kindness in his descriptions of fellow humans he has met along the way & relief that my gallows humour is shared, just like the bloated corpse of regret we all have if we are only brave enough to admit it.

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Funny collection of Stories

Rob Delany narrates a great collection of short anecdotes and musing's about his life experience. He combines a witty sense of self depreciation with some wry observations about life.

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  • 11-04-17

Brilliant!

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

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  • chris
  • 23-06-14

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?

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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