- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; 11.12.2013 edition (November 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081299308X
- ISBN-13: 978-0812993080
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 390 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Hilarious, raw.”—Rolling Stone
“Unlike some books by comics, [Rob] Delaney’s volume offers a rich, deeply considered (and yes, funny) look at his life, from jumping off a bridge to crashing a car while drunk to getting and staying sober while other friends died trying. A great read by any standard, but even more so for including stories about needing (and failing) to find a bathroom while jogging.”—E! Online, Best Entertainment and Pop Culture Books of 2013
“One of the most hilarious bundles of words we have ever read.”—Vice
“A book as funny, sincere, weird, wet, and wonderful as Rob Delaney himself.”—Jimmy Kimmel
“Heart-wrenchingly true tales exuding self-effacing whimsy and smart-guy charm . . . There are plenty of books by male comedians about being drunk and stupid and depressed and getting out of the hole they dug for themselves, but this book feels like you are reading the account told by a grownup who actually learned something about himself worthy enough to share in book form.”—Splitsider
“Delaney has a knack for pinpointing what’s hilarious and sad about adolescent bed-wetting and his own abundant body hair, but somehow the darkest chapters [in this book] make you laugh hardest.”—Entertainment Weekly
“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
“Rob’s transition from tweets to book is like a gold medal sprinter winning the marathon the next day. I am jealous and angry.”—Seth Meyers
“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
“A surprisingly moving story of how humor can alleviate sorrow, if never completely eradicate it. The chapter about visiting the abandoned Danvers State Hospital—infamous for carrying out countless lobotomies in the twentieth century—is worth reading on its own for the empathy it evokes for the casualties of early mental health treatment. Candid and conversational, this memoir shows there’s more to Delaney than pithy tweets.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Rob Delaney is one of the creators, writers, and stars, with Sharon Horgan, of Catastrophe. Named the “Funniest Person on Twitter” by Comedy Central and one of the “50 Funniest People” by Rolling Stone, he also writes for Vice and The Guardian. This is his first book.
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One thing I hate is the tweets on the chapter pages running off the page. Can't stand an unfinished
He talks and jokes a lot about growing up and being an alcoholic as a kid. He talks about becoming sober, and now living sober and helping others with their fights with sobriety and depression (he had bouts with both). He peppers in his humor through out which had me IN TEARS LAUGHING multiple times but it is more about his life and not as much comedy as I'd have liked.
It's a short read, but is still only his first book. I bought the hardcover in case he happens to be at a signing or a comedy show in the near future. You will like this book!
If you don't laugh out loud at least 20 times reading this book, we wouldn't make very good friends.
What is in this book is incredibly heartfelt, real, and deeply moving ... without that "I'm writing stuff that's incredibly heartfelt, real, and deeply moving" tone. I was thoroughly engrossed and touched. Maybe it's all of his experience on Twitter, but his writing is short, clear, and kind of stings but in a good way.
Later on Christmas day her older brother exclaimed, "Hey, Joy! Isn't that the same book you got him for Christmas?" No spoiler alert was given.
She read the book before gifting it as I almost did and I don't blame her! This book was a fantastic read.
Maybe it's because I'm so fond of Delaney himself, but this book had it's magical moments.
Bravo, Delaney. Well played.
Regardless, it was a good book and I stand by my recommendation. I think it reads a little darker than intended if you're less familiar with Rob's voice. If you watch some of his standup, you'll have a better idea of the for which he aims.