Rob Delaney is an American comedian who is best-known for his role with the British sitcom called Catastrophe. Unfortunately, his name has appeared in the recent news for tragic reasons, seeing as how he has revealed that his 2-year-old son Henry died in January of 2018 because of brain cancer. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Rob Delaney:
Grew Up in Marblehead, Massachusetts
Delaney grew up in Marblehead, which is a town that can be found in the state of Massachusetts. Once upon a time, it prospered because of commercial fishing, which in turn, led to it becoming a place where ships were built. Nowadays, Marblehead is better-known for being a place for recreational boating, which in a real sense, still reflects how it started up.
Became Famous Because of Social Media
It is interesting to note that Delaney is considered to be one of the first comedians to become famous because of social media. To be exact, he started posting his jokes on Twitter, which enabled him to stand out in a time when other comedians were much more hesitant to share their material through the same avenue. Regardless, Delaney has attributed his rise to the moment when Graham Linehan started responding to him, which was noteworthy because Linehan was and remains a significant figure in comedy, as shown by the fact that he is one of the main figures behind both Father Ted and The IT Crowd.
Starred On Catastrophe
To a lot of people, Delaney will be most familiar to them because of Catastrophe, which is a British sitcom that started up in 2015. In it, Delaney plays a character named Rob Norris, who gets together with a woman named Sharon Morris because of a hook-up that results in a most unexpected pregnancy. Some people might have heard of Catastrophe because of Carrie Fisher, who played the role of Norris’s mother Mia Norris.
Overcame an Addiction to Alcohol
Delaney used to have a serious problem with alcohol. In fact, it was so bad that he actually blacked out in a 2002 incident, which resulted in his car smashing into a building belonging to the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles. Fortunately, no one was killed in the incident, though Delaney did break his left wrist as well as his right arm. Moreover, Delaney used the incident as a way to motivate himself to stop drinking, with the result that he has been sober since 2002. With that said, Delaney has not hesitated to share his experience with addiction to alcohol as well as how it was connected to his clinical depression ever since that time.
Supporter of Progressive Politics
Politically, Delaney is well-known to be a progressive. In particular, he believes in the importance of education as well as healthcare because of their positive externalities, which is a very sensible way to look at things. Regardless, it is perhaps unsurprising that Delaney supported Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries before supporting Hilary Clinton during the presidential election.