You may know Rob Delaney as the star and co-writer of Catastrophe (which airs on Channel 4 in the UK), or you may know him as one of the funniest people on Twitter, having produced these masterworks:
"You were in there for *quite* a while." - chick flirting with me hard as I exit Starbucks bathroom— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 2, 2016
What many don't know about Delaney, however, is the obstacles he's overcome on the road to success. In his early life, the comedian suffered from depression and alcoholism, culminating in a 2002 incident where Delaney blacked out behind the wheel of a car and crashed it into a building. He was severely injured and arrested.
Now, 16 years later, he sees that moment as a major influence in his decision to become sober:
As of today I’ve been sober 1️⃣6️⃣ years. 16 yrs ago I was in jail in a wheelchair, covered in blood, both arms broken, after driving blackout drunk into a building. Today, I’m home with my wife & kids & I’m healthy. Thank you to all who’ve helped me.🤝— rob delaney (@robdelaney) February 4, 2018
Delaney's serious tweet struck a chord. For people who have gone through similar experiences, Delaney's tweet made a real difference.
my dad just celebrated 16 years and he is my hero. I can't talk about him without getting choked up. I'm so proud of him and the work he's done, and you, too.— rant casey 🌹 (@comrade_lecter) February 4, 2018
My husband died at 45 from Alcoholism, the last season of #Catastrophe was a difficult watch for me but also helped me better understand why a loving wife and 2 young kids wasn’t enough to change things for him. I’m pleased your story has a happy ending— Alison Rowland (@AlisonLRowland) February 4, 2018
The comedian's fans were eager to support him.
I’m glad that you’re here. You make some of my favorite stuff. Love you, pal!— mark mcconville (@markmcconville) February 4, 2018
Well done, Rob. And the world is better off with you in it. Congratulations. 👏👏👏— KROQ's Bean (@clydetombaugh) February 4, 2018
You are a man of many strengths!! I celebrate your sobriety ....— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) February 4, 2018
Twitter users were eager to fight the real enemy: addiction.
Alcoholism is an insidious bastard of an addiction. Booze became my mum's crutch after my dad was killed in an accident, and although a functioning alcoholic, it didn't make for a great childhood. She's 15 years sober now, and a different person. Well done Rob. Inspiring stuff.— Sarah Lucy Williams (@sarahlucy39) February 4, 2018
So glad you changed. In the past 7 months, I have lost two of my brothers to alcoholism: my big brother that I looked up to as a kid, he was 64; and, my youngest brother that I used to change his diapers. He was 52. Alcoholism brings great anguish to families.— Janet (@SurruscoJanet) February 4, 2018
Lots of love was thrown around!
Congratulations Rob, that is a wonderful accomplishment. You make life better for so many, thank you so much for that. Love you ❤️— Mary Keir (@mbknyy) February 4, 2018
Congratulations on your sobriety, Rob! You do amazing work, and inspire others to do the same.
Thanks for sharing this today Rob, I'm 19 years without a drink, after years of binging. One of the best decisions I've ever made x— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) February 4, 2018