If you're a regular Twitter user, chances are you'll have seen some retweets of a hairy-chested man on a beach sporting a pair of bright green Speedos at least a few times. Either that, or you will follow the so-called 'Twitter comedian' Rob Delaney yourself.
His act is not just limited to Twitter (he recently played a string of shows in London and is returning next year), although it has helped make him a star after he gave up his day job five years ago to become a full-time comic.
Here are just five of the reasons he's great and why you should follow him if you don't already:
1) He's hilarious
He's really, really funny – which is useful really, given his profession. Okay, so his brand of humour may not be to everyone's taste – and is certainly risqué in places – but in my opinion he's got the perfect blend of filthy jokes, silliness and using comedy to call out crap, not to mention his fantastic, deliberately misspelt tweets to Walmart and celebrities such as Adele.
2) He's not just about jokes
Rob can be serious too. Having suffered from substance abuse and depression in the past, he's spoken candidly about them, encouraging others to get help.
3) He's politically active
Some of Rob's best tweets are aimed at politicians – at the moment, specifically Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; so much so the interactions have been turned into a cartoon. Sometimes politics are so depressing that the only thing left to do is laugh – especially when it comes to someone as ludicrous as ol' Mittens. Recently he's also been encouraging Americans to vote, and he wrote an excellent, very interesting piece for Vice on his voting history and why he cares about politics and won't just “stick to the jokes”.
4) He's a feminist
He often addresses sexism in his act, saying in an interview with the Good Men Project: “I do consider myself a feminist. Women and men are just savaged by ads and media and Hollywood to the point of actual insanity and I try to combat that in my little way.”
He's especially vocal about the unrealistically high standards expected of women these days – discussing the recent craze of Brazilian waxing, he told the Guardian:
“...hair suggests sexual maturity, which I find attractive, as a lot of men do. But we have these big companies like Proctor & Gamble, trying to sell products by making people feel bad about themselves, and they train their cannons more on women. And that, to me, is fundamentally wrong. It's a sin. I want people to feel good about themselves.”
It's refreshing to see a man speaking out about such things.
5) He's handsome
In addition to everything else, Rob's certainly not unpleasant to look at. Okay, that's an understatement – he's very cute. Which doesn't hurt.
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