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Yanking your chain: American stand-ups in London

With not one, not two, not five, but four US comics in London this week, we run down their vital statistics

By Ben Williams
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Rob Delaney

Attractions Libraries, archives and foundations Waterloo
Born
January 19 1977, Los Angeles.
 
Famous for...
Sharp, and often filthy, 140-character tweets to his 900,000 (and counting) followers. According to Comedy Central, he’s the ‘funniest person on Twitter’.

Ranking
Delaney was ranked 27 in Rolling Stone’s 2013 list of the ‘50 Funniest People Now’.

CV win
The 36-year-old is a regular columnist for hipster magazine Vice.
 
CV fail
Erm… he was in an episode of ‘Cougar Town’, does that count?

Eddie Griffin

Attractions Libraries, archives and foundations Waterloo
Born
July 15 1968, Kansas City.

Famous for...
Griffin’s best known in the States for his sitcom ‘Malcolm & Eddie’. But to us Brits, he’s probably most recognisable from the comedy movie ‘Undercover Brother’.

Ranking
He was placed at 62 in Comedy Central’s 2004 list of the ‘100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time’.

CV win
Griffin contributed to two tracks on Dr Dre’s album ‘The Chronic 2001’. Beat that!

CV fail
He played Pope Sweet Jesus in Eddie Murphy’s critically lampooned ‘Norbit’. Nuff said.
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Tony Rock

Attractions Libraries, archives and foundations Waterloo
Born
June 30 1974, Brooklyn.

Famous for...
Erm, well, being Chris Rock’s younger brother.

Ranking
Rock doesn’t have any official placings, but he does name himself ‘Your favourite comic’s favourite comic’ on his website.

CV win
Playing the recurring role of Uncle Ryan in his bro’s (now finished) sitcom ‘Everybody Hates Chris’. 

CV fail
Various straight-to-DVD movies including ‘C’mon Man’ and ‘Redemption of a Dog’. He proudly boasts about these films on his CV.

Janeane Garofalo

Attractions Libraries, archives and foundations Waterloo
Born
September 29 1964, Newton.

Famous for...
Her shambolic, liberal political stand-up and loads of TV appearances.

Ranking
Garofalo just made Comedy Central’s 2004 list, 
at number 99.

CV win
Tons of iconic TV credits, from ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘The Simpsons’, plus major roles in both ‘The West Wing’ and ‘24’.

CV fail
She’d probably like to wipe 2012 movie ‘General Education’ from her resume: it averaged an embarrassing zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
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