Rob Delaney: I acted in theatre and television since I was in high school, and then I found that I really only cared about doing funny things. When I was in college in New York, I saw the Upright Citizens Brigade in 1997 and that pretty much changed my life. I first did stand-up eight years ago, and I’ve been doing it very seriously for four.
Dive: How would you describe your approach to comedy?
R.D.: My humor is very personal. In my comedy, I don’t care about politics or pop culture. I care about my immediate personal life like my family, my own body and my own tiny little world where everything is about me. I’m a scumbag, but I’m happy. I’m a happy scumbag.
Dive: How have you matured as a comedian — has your style of comedy changed since you first started out?
R.D.: I am a new dad, and that has changed my comedy in some ways because I care about new things. But I’m not going to pass around my baby pictures in the audience because you’re all strangers and I don’t know you. You might end up wanting to steal my baby. Then I’d have to fight you in the middle of Cat’s Cradle — one of us could get hurt.
Dive: What are you looking forward to about coming to perform in North Carolina?
R.D.: I’m excited. My wife actually went to (UNC). I know that she used to go to Cat’s Cradle shows a lot. I don’t know what she did there and I don’t want to know. We’re married now, so I don’t ask her about those things.
Dive: What kind of feedback have you generally received after shows?
R.D.: Utter gratitude. Of course, they laugh until they hurt themselves. Then, sort of a feeling of peace washes over them and they thank me. They usually embarrass themselves thanking me. They ask me to name their babies, like a village elder carrying a staff would. They even knit me hats — one woman knit me a wetsuit.
Or they might just hand me a bag of Bojangles, that too would be nice.