Who is Catastrophe’s Rob Delaney?

Meet Channel 4's latest recruit, an American stand-up star with a brilliant beard who is officially the funniest man on Twitter

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If you haven’t watched Channel 4’s new comedy Catastrophe, stop what you are doing right now and do so.

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I’m being serious, that primary school class/bus full of passengers can wait. Following a couple who find out they are expecting after one week of no-strings sex, it’s just under half-an-hour of much-needed chortling, starring Sharon Horgan and… well, sorry, just who is Horgan’s rather dashing companion?

Who is Rob Delaney?

He’s a 38-year-old American writer, comedian and actor.

What kind of funny is he? 

The dark kind. Delaney’s unique brand of wit often references his past struggles with depression and alcoholism. Plus hungover privates, lactation, swords, Ebola, concentration camps and gummie bears.

Does he do stand-up?

Yes-indeedy. He’s been making audiences laugh since 2002. If you’re in America at the end of February, you’re in luck.

Where might I have seen him before?

He’s had small parts in US shows Cougar Town and Burning Love. And he played a newsreader in zombie comedy Life After Beth.

Might I have read anything of his? 

Perhaps. We’re not sure what’s on your bookshelves, but Delaney’s book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. was published in 2013. He’s also written articles for the likes of Vice and The Guardian.

Is he on Twitter? 

Absolutely. In fact, he found fame using those 140 characters to his witty advantage – and now boasts 1.13 million followers. He won the Comedy Award’s Funniest Person on Twitter title in 2012.

Here’s a selection of his recent utterings…

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Catastrophe continues tonight at 10:00pm on Channel 4