Rob Delaney: I once killed a squirrel with a shoe | 'It was begging me to'

Rob Delaney: I once killed a squirrel with a shoe

'It was begging me to'

comedyRob Delaney once killed a squirrel with a shoe.

The stand-up and Catastrophe star says he was trying to put the creature out of its misery – but wept as he did so as he struggled with the emotions involved.

‘I tried to kill a squirrel once with a shoe,’ he told an audience at the British Film Institute in London.

‘It was dying and I was like, "I’m going to go to dinner and if it’s still here when I come back, I’ll euthanise it."

‘So I did try to kill an obviously dying squirrel and it was really hard. I was crying.

‘It was so awful. I was like, "Hey little buddy" and he was like, "It’s curtains for me. I beg you to kill me."

‘I was like, "Yeah, but that would suck for me." So I’ll come back in one hour. And so I did.’

Of the killing itself, Delaney added: ‘It took a while. It was in Union Square Park in New York City and people were like, "Why are you crying?" "I’m trying to kill".'


He was answering a question posed on Twitter, after interviewer Emma Kennedy asked for suggestions. One user wanted to know: ‘If you had kill someone, could you and what shoe would you use?

‘If I couldn’t do that to a squirrel, I suspect I would not make a good shoe murderer,’ Delaney answered. 

Published: 10 Dec 2018

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