Catastrophe: Brand New Channel 4 Comedy
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan have written a new six-part comedy for Channel 4. The series follows “an Irish woman and an American man, who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London”.
Phil Clarke, Head of comedy at Channel 4, said: “Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are two unique, and supremely talented comic writers and performers. Catastrophe is an original and joyous transatlantic romantic comedy.”
Sharon Horgan is an actress and comedian. She starred in Channel 4’s Free Agents and has written for many comedy shows, including Monkey Dust and Dead Boss (which also starring Jennifer Saunders). But she is probably best known for the BBC Three Comedy Pulling which centred on three single female friends who lived in Penge, south-east London. It was co-written by Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly (who went on to pen the surreal and unique drama Utopia for Channel 4). Pulling had a BAFTA nomination for best Situation Comedy in 2007, whilst Sharon herself won a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Actress in 2008.
Rob Delaney is an American comedian and writer. He is the author of an “endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter”. In 2010, Paste magazine named him one of the ten funniest people on Twitter, whilst in 2012, he became the first comedian to win the ‘Funniest person on Twitter award’ at the Comedy Central awards and now has over a million followers. He writes for Vice magazine and The Guardian. His first book is Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. It has been named as one of the best books of the year by E! Online. He is described as a writer, “who turned his teenage binge drinking and mid-twenties struggle with alcoholism into comedy”.
You can find Rob’s pieces in The Guardian here: www.theguardian.com/profile/rob-delaney
Jon Thoday, Joint Managing Director of Avalon Television, said: “We are delighted to be producing another exciting new narrative project with Channel 4 and working with two brilliant original comic talents.”
An Avalon Television production, Catastrophe was commissioned by Phil Clarke, Head of Comedy at Channel 4. The series will be directed by Ben Taylor (Cardinal Burns and Cuckoo) and produced by Adam Tandy (The Thick of It, and A Touch of Cloth), while the Executive Producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker and Jon Thoday.