“It was genuinely shocking,” admits Rob Delaney as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his BAFTA win last spring for Best Comedy Writing for “Catastrophe. He shared that prize with co-creator, co-writer and co-star Sharon Horgan. “I was just blown away,” he says, especially as the duo prevailed against some of the giants in British comedy. “To get it for our writing, which is the part of the show I am most proud of is, well I’m laughing just thinking about it. It’s insane. I’m beyond honored.”
In “Catastrophe,” Delaney plays an American adman visiting London who hooks up with an Irish school teacher (Horgan). Their whirlwind week-long fling leads to an unexpected pregnancy, he relocates to London and the two eventually fall in love. That was the basis of the first season of six episodes of the UK/US co-production that was seen stateside on Amazon Prime. The second six-episode outing debuted on the streaming service in April after airing in the UK last fall, as the action moved ahead a few years. Rob and Sharon are now married, coping with the highs and lows of new parenthood, and expecting a second bundle of joy.
We spoke with Delaney in June, a month before he and Horgan reaped an Emmy bid in the Best Comedy Writing category for the show’s pilot. They had savvily submitted this first episode as it not only allowed Emmy voters unfamiliar with the show to get to know the characters, but perfectly embodies what the show is about. As Delaney explains, “We wanted to capture what it really feels like [to be in a relationship]. It’s exciting, depressing and teetering on the edge of unfixable violence,” he laughs. “I am so fascinated by relationships and marriages and parenting, so we just wanted to look at it in a way that felt real.”
The pair are up against the scripters for two episodes of both “Veep” (“Mother” and “The Morning After”) and “Silicon Valley” (“Founder Friendly” and “The Uptick”) as well as another multi-hyphenate, Aziz Ansari, for “Master of None” (“Parents”).
Might we see Delaney and Horgan pull off an upset at the Emmys as they did with the BAFTAs?
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