Rob Delaney has been declared the “Funniest Person on Twitter” by the arbiters of humor at Comedy Central, and it’s hard to argue.
But Delaney, who grew up in Marblehead, isn’t for everyone. Even his own mother, who still lives on the North Shore, had a problem with her son’s material, alternating as it does between goofy, profane, and filthy.
“My mom used to call me and say, ‘What are you writing online?’ ” Delaney told us. “Now she understands. She knows that one of my favorite colors to paint with is total gutter filth. But she also knows I’m a humanist, I’m not mean, and there’s an egalitarianism to my scummery. I’m not a monster.”
Nor is he lazy. Delaney last year released his first stand-up special — like fellow comics Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, and Jim Gaffigan, he sold it via his website — he’s just finished writing a pilot for the BBC, and he’s at work on a book. (“I’m taking over the Lyndon Johnson series from Robert Caro,” he says.)
But that’s not all. Delaney also has a new board game, War of Words, based on his incessant tweeting. Created by the folks behind such popular games as Loaded Questions and Awkward Family Photos, Delaney’s game is absurd and off color, full of fill-in-the-blank questions drawn from his Twitter account, which had more than 852,000 followers last we checked.
“I would strongly recommend you not play this with your 12-year-old daughter,” he told us. “That really would be a colossally bad idea. This game is 18-plus, so play it with your friends who are adults. The subject matter is indeed mature.”
Delaney, who’ll be at the Wilbur Theatre July 26, says Twitter has been a “godsend” because it allows him to communicate — and tell jokes — constantly, without the filter of the media.
“If I didn’t enjoy tweeting, I wouldn’t do it,” he says. “I do it compulsively because I have the mental illness of the comedian who needs to be always consuming or producing comedy.
“I’m like a shark that needs to keep swimming,” he says, “except I’m not dangerous and I’m a mammal.”