Comedian Rob Delaney performed at a sold-out Trocadero Theatre March 28. Hundreds flocked to the storied venue to see one of the funniest people on Twitter live in the flesh. For over an hour, Delaney delivered a raunchy stand-up routine that delighted the crowd and had attendees smiling on their way out the door.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rob Delaney, he is a comedian who took advantage of Twitter to become one of the most popular comedians on the site while at the same time taking his stand-up career to a whole new level. His Twitter persona can be vulgar, hilariously absurd and shocking, while sometimes providing surprisingly insightful comments on topical subjects. Here are a few of Delaney’s choice tweets:
“Cheap date idea: cut open a pack of hotdogs & squeeze the juice over your lover’s body then summon a peregrine falcon with your mind.”
“I love gay people. Or as I sometimes call them, ‘people.’”
“Guns don’t kill people. People who say ‘Guns don’t kill people’ kill people. With guns.”
“Sort of rude to kiss your husband right in front of me when I’ve been looking at your boobs from behind a tree for 20 minutes.”
Those tweets give you a pretty good idea of the type of material that Delaney explores onstage during his stand-up, and he used his signature style of comedy to full effect during his Philadelphia show.
Most comedy shows have an opening act to warm up the crowd a little, but Delaney decided to forgo this and get right up there shortly after 8 p.m. After introducing himself and asking the crowd to refrain from taking photos, a well-bearded Delaney jumped into his act. Philadelphia was the third stop on Delaney’s short, three-week tour, and he opened up with a few quick digs at the two prior cities, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Delaney’s jokes covered a wide, eclectic range of topics, and they often left audience members doubled over in laughter. While sometimes it wasn’t his punch lines themselves that hit the mark, it was the little, unexpected phrases and descriptions that got a lot of laughter.
Delaney told the story of when he went to a medical clinic after he thought he contracted AIDS from drunkenly having sex with a girl his freshman year at New York University. After explaining that the rash on his privates was just the result of not having cleaned off after getting covered in “sex mayonnaise” the night before, he was sent to a dermatologist who made him strip bare. Delaney then talked about the embarrassment of showing his d— to the “world’s youngest, most beautiful doctor” before also having to turn around and show her his “most tender secret area” as well. That anecdote garnered peals of laughter from the crowd and was one of the best jokes of the night.
It’s not very helpful to describe the rest of Delaney’s jokes, but they covered topics about “S and M Party,” “how to finger a lady” and “pour a little out for David Carradine.” Please forgive me for employing this overused line, but you kind of had to be there. Delaney’s graphic, carnal humor may not fare well with an older, more conservative audience, and fittingly the audience mainly consisted of college-age students and people in their 20s and early 30s.
Copies of Delaney’s book, “Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.” were available for sale before the show and Delaney even stuck around afterward to sign copies and to meet fans.