ALBUM: Elder, ‘Dead Roots Stirring’
“I am listening exclusively to a Boston stoner prog band called Elder. They’re like if Yes and Black Sabbath’s grandkids got in a bus accident and then started a band at their rehabilitation hospital while on heavy sedatives.
“I am listening to them so much it’s insane.”
FILM: You Were Never Really Here
“I watched it on a plane and I didn’t realise but my wife took pictures of my shocked expressions as I was watching. I enjoyed it very, very much. It’s impressionistic and thoughtful for a film about a brutal, dangerous guy tasked with recovering a kidnapped girl. Joaquin Phoenix is amazing as a veteran with PTSD from an abusive childhood and war. He’s my favourite actor these days.
“I was shocked to see how much weight he’d lost between this and the Joker movie he’s filming. Nearly as much as I lost between series 3 and 4 of Catastrophe. But he shouldn’t feel like he’s competing with me.”
TV SHOW: Forever
“I just finished Forever, the new show from Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen. It is superb. First of all, Rudolph and Armisen would be hilarious without a script, except whoops, they have eight great ones, so they’re even better.
“It led to conversations between my wife and I that were super-uncomfortable and that I didn’t enjoy at all.”
PODCAST: Dear Joan and Jericha
“Vicki Pepperdine and Julia Davis are so incredibly funny. The fact that their (female) characters are such misogynists is such a clever way to show that misogyny is for idiots.”
BOOK: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
“He’s oceanically talented. I’d loved his Pulitzer winner, The Orphan Master’s Son, and this collection shows that book was not a fluke.
“I don’t think the word ‘genius’ is very valuable, but Johnson certainly can make you see and understand things in a way you didn’t before.”
“I spend most of my time here, poring over old album reviews, and also any site that handicaps US Senate midterm races.”
Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central airs Wednesdays, Comedy Central UK