In August 2012, I constructed a five-minute set about the then-upcoming presidential election and a handful of related political issues and news stories (you can see a video of this set HERE). That set was built from a series of tweets I posted over the summer, and it later became my opening bit on my new EP recorded in spring 2013. It was the first time I used material from a collection of tweets and created a full piece out of them. I wasn't just reading tweets onstage--I expanded premises, added tags, wrote segues, and actually made it a solid stand-up bit.
That was a bit of a revelation to me: the idea of using Twitter as a means of developing material and strengthening my joke-writing muscle. I didn't want to just use Twitter as an open mic for my dumb premises, though, so I make a point to write my tweets with a clear premise and punchline (unless it's a tweet that deliberately isn't a joke). I also stick to more topical issues on Twitter: reacting to whatever is on the pulse of the status quo at the time, be that a big news event or the final episode of a popular TV show.
I don't tweet as often as a lot of people (on average, I tweet 3-5 times a day), but the way I approach Twitter has garnered myself nearly 1,000 followers through entirely organic means. I don't play the whole mass-follow-wait-for-people-to-follow-back-then-mass-unfollow game, nor do I spend much time doing the whole Favstar shit. I just tweet things I think are funny and hope that they catch on with others. In 2013, that seemed to slowly work more and more, so I've continued that pattern.
So, with all that aside, I'd like to present to you my Top 10 Tweets of 2013. These are not the ten tweets that got the most retweets or favorites, but these are my personal favorite 10 tweets that I wrote this year. These aren't presented in any particular order, but hopefully you will find them as funny as I did.
Until next time,