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Thursday, October 7th, 2010

100 Essential Comedians to Follow on Twitter

Twitter is pretty ubiquitous these days. It seems like almost everyone's got an account and comedians seem to LOVE the free service. It's certainly got a lot going for it: it's rapidly growing in popularity, it's easier to maintain than a blog or website, and 140 characters seems to be just the right amount of space to squeeze in a good joke now and then. Additionally, if you've got a pretty substantial fan base (or you're trying to grow one), Twitter can be an easy way to stay in touch and interact with your fans.

With all sorts of funny people hopping online it can be tough to keep track of them all, so I've made a list of 100 essential comedians you should be following on Twitter. Undoubtedly you're following some of these people already, but hopefully this guide will help fill in the gaps.

Stand-Up
Mike Birbiglia
Paul F. Tompkins
Jim Gaffigan
Patton Oswalt
Hannibal Buress
Kumail Nanjiani
Louis C.K.
Steve Agee
Reggie Watts
Kurt Braunohler
Kristen Schaal
Eugene Mirman
Todd Barry
A. D. Miles
Chelsea Peretti
Marc Maron
John Mulaney
Sarah Silverman
Julian McCullough
Bob Powers
Nick Kroll
Joe Mande
Michael Ian Black
Pete Holmes
Eddie Izzard
Doug Benson
Dave Hill
Michael Showalter
David Cross

Saturday Night Live Cast and Writers
Seth Meyers
Abby Elliott
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone
Taran Killam
Jay Pharaoh
John Mulaney
Christine Nangle
Colin Jost
Paula Pell
Alex Baze
Jessica Conrad
Scott Weinstein

The Office
Rainn Wilson
BJ Novak
Mindy Kaling
Ed Helms

Community
The cast and crew of Community are also huge fans of the service, going so far as to create fake accounts for their characters and doing an entire "Twitter" episode before this season's premiere episode.
Creator Dan Harmon
Ken Jeong
Joel McHale
Yvette Brown
Gillian Jacobs
Alison Brie
Danny Pudi

DERRICK Comedy
It seems natural that the guys who shot to Internet stardom on YouTube would take their talents (truly awful puns and all) to Twitter.
DC Pierson
Dominic Dierkes
Donald Glover

Human Giant
All four Human Giant alums, who have since moved on to fry bigger fish, tweet often and tweet funny.
Paul Scheer
Aziz Ansari
Rob Huebel
Jason Woliner

The Daily Show/Colbert Report Writers and Performers
Rob Riggle
Rob Corddry
Mo Rocca
Steve Colbert
Aasif Mandvi
John Hodgman
Rory Albanese
Elliott Kalan
Hallie Haglund Allison Silverman
Miles Khan

OGs
Steve Martin, who finally hit the Twitter scene a few weeks ago and has been killing it since
Michael McKean
Kevin Nealon
Tracy Morgan
Adam Carolla
Jay Mohr
Andy Richter
Conan O'Brien
John Cleese
Weird Al

Misc.
Will Arnett
Jason Bateman
Peter Serafinowicz
Chris Hardwick
Jenny Slate
Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, hosts of 'The Best Show' on WFMU, and writers for Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim & Eric.
Jimmy Fallon
Paul Feig, creator of Freaks & Geeks
Eric Appel, writer, director and producer of many fantastic Funny or Die shorts
Mike Drucker, writer for SNL and the Onion
Todd Levin, writer for Conan O’Brien
Rob Kutner , writer for Conan O’Brien
Bill Oakley, former Simpsons showrunner
Tom Lennon
Horatio Sanz
Adam Scott
Adam McKay
Tim Heidecker
Eric Wareheim
Seth Morris' pitiful Bob Ducca character is a regular at the UCB LA Theatre and his feed makes for a beautifully tragic read

Ryan Simmons is a freelance blogger, and assistant video producer at Asylum.com. He performs regularly in New York City with his improv group Rocky Vee.