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July 24, 2009

flopsweat@Twitter — it's what comedians do


Long story (by Scott Brown in the August 2009 Wired magazine) short: comedians and humorists of all stripes — read Paul Feig, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Eugene Mirman and Paul F. Tompkins, among others — now try out their material on their Twitter audiences.

Wrote Brown, "... taken as a whole, this din of japery doesn't feel like a desperate mosh at the Robin Williams mansion. It reads more like a collective sketchbook, where comedians relax their legendary self-consciousness, territoriality, and joke-hoarding, and ideas evolve out of idleness, casually, almost by mistake. Call it pointillist jesting, call it ephemeral funning, call it — well, anything other than those names (let me keep riffing; I'll hit on a good one) — but recognize that comedy is always the canary in the cultural mine shaft, a trailer for philosophical and epistemological trends to come."

Maybe I should tweet more after hours.

Just might do that.

July 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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Hm. Every idea I ever had that was worth a shit evolved out of idleness, casually, almost by mistake. That's why I try to stay as idle & casual and make as many mistakes as possible.

That's very true about comedy being the cultural mineshaft's canary. If an Alien came around here and wanted to blend, or somebody woke up out of a coma after thirty years and wanted to catch up, I'd sit him/her/it down in front of some screaming-edge comedians and say, look, everything you need to know is right here. Watch carefully.

Posted by: Flautist | Jul 24, 2009 4:48:03 PM


Check out Favrd: http://favrd.textism.com

Merlin and many others (myself included) use twitter for the funny, and pretty much nothing else.

Posted by: James | Jul 24, 2009 12:25:33 PM

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