Rob Delaney's Autobiography - More Than Just Comedy

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These are just a few of the many ingenious tweets written by Rob Delaney. Previously voted the funniest person on twitter, Delaney recently decided to showcase his comedic excellence through a new medium; an autobiography. The autobiography, titled Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage, recollects many hilarious tales from Delaney’s past.

The title is satirical, meant to mock people who take their twitter bios a little too seriously. The title was actually inspired by something he tweeted two years ago: “I love it when someone’s Twitter bio says something like Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. etc.”

Some of the biography deals with ridiculous shenanigans Delaney participated in. Early on, he recalls being talked into jumping off of the Manhattan Bridge. Of course, he did it with a bungee cord, but that makes it only a little less dangerous, and still 100% illegal. He also sneaked into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother (just because).

While Delaney is a comedian by profession and the book is hilarious, at its core it is an uncensored portrayal of a former alcoholic afflicted with depression - it is a cautionary tale.

He tells many stories of how his drinking has troubled him. From ruining relationships to getting stranded on a boat with a friend and two strangers (I won’t spoil how he got out of it), there were many mistakes he made due to alcohol. The biggest, however, was his DUI. After blacking out, he drove a car into the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, leading to two broken arms, two broken legs, temporary wheelchair use and an arrest.

In jail he decided to change his life. He vowed to sober up and began living in a halfway house. Afterwards moving out he was successfully sober, but depression and suicidal thoughts began to haunt him. He described his two most severe episodes of depression as the hardest struggle he ever dealt with. On his Tumblr account, he even went as far as to say, “…being in jail in a wheelchair with four broken limbs after the car accident that prompted me to get sober eight years ago was much, much easier and less painful.” With professional help and determination he was able to overcome this challenge.

His style is enchanting, his content is never dull and his message about alcoholism, depression and getting help are relevant and important. That being said, no matter how serious the content is (at times), he consistently provides that much-needed element of comic relief. He laughs at his inability to stop wetting the bed (far, far beyond the acceptable age) and is even able to make jokes about being in jail with four broken limbs (not an easy task by any measure).

The book's only major flaw is that its organization was weak. It is more of a collection of stories than a chronological biography, which would have been easier to follow. Regardless, it is entertaining and moving.

 

 

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