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@MeganMaileGreen on Hummingbirds and if People Like Her Tweets for the Same Reasons She Does

Megan Maile Green is a contributing writer for The Onion and ClickHole, and a cast member on The Wheel Show, a sketch comedy show at the NerdMelt in LA. She and her friends made a TV pilot called Cowards, which won "Best Comedy" at the 2014 New York Television Festival, and they'll send you a VHS copy of it for only five dollars. She used to write for The Late Live Show in Chicago and used to co-write the Twitter account @PinterestFake until she forgot to keep doing it. This week I spoke with Green about three of her favorite tweets, her expectations when it comes [...]

A Comprehensive Collection of Comedians Tweeting About Their Flights

Whether we're missing a flight, sitting next to an annoying passenger, or enduring bad customer service, flying is full of aggravations we're usually powerless to avoid. Comedians, with their hectic schedules and tour dates, have it worse than most, and thanks to Twitter we know all about it. You've probably seen at least a few of your favorite comedians express their travel-related stress and frustrations 140 characters at a time — sometimes they get a good joke out of it, but other times it's just pure anger, annoyance, and good old-fashioned whining. Really, it all comes down to this:

we all know the only acceptable way for a comedian to [...]

Inside the Internet Outrage Machine with Jim Norton

After 2012's Please Be Offended and 2013's American Degenerate, standup Jim Norton returns to television tonight with his third Epix special Contextually Inadequate. Filmed at Boston's Somerville Theatre in January, the special dives deep into recent pop culture scandals and their internet backlash aftermaths, covering everything from the demise of Bill Cosby and Donald Sterling to his own personal experience after the firing of his friend and Opie and Anthony Show cohost Anthony Cumia last July. Ahead of Contextually Adequate's premiere, Norton spoke with us about hosting his own show on Vice, the difference between online criticism and outrage, and what projects he has planned for the year ahead.

Grace Spelman (@gspels) on Spontaneous Comedy and Remembering Old Tweets

Grace Spelman is a comedian, musician, writer, and improviser currently based in Massachusetts and moving back to New York this summer. Though she has nothing else to promote at the moment, she says to come back in a few months because she plans on having a very different answer. In the meantime, you can find Spelman tweeting under the handle @gspels. This week we talked about three of her favorite tweets, and she told me about remembering old tweets, her desire to evolve into writing more situational jokes, and sharing emotions online.

Robert Plant turned down $800m for a Zeppelin reunion. I would probably eat a battery for [...]

Talking to Clickhole's Cullen Crawford (@hellocullen) about Twitter, Brands, and More

Cullen Crawford lives in Chicago. He is a staff writer at Clickhole.com and was previously a staff writer at the Onion News Network. Crawford has a pit bull named Gristle that he loves very much and is very proud of and has the Twitter accounts @dougepisodes, @pinterestfake, and @lazybanksy which he says he is less proud of. This week Crawford talked to me about three of his favorite tweets as well as some other subjects like brands, heroes, and garbage. Keep reading and you'll see!

a fancy hot dog place where in the entrance there is a saltwater tank full of hot [...]

Mitra Jouhari (@tweetrajouhari) on Making Connections Online and Writing Silly Tweets About Social Issues

Mitra Jouhari is an improviser, writer, and actor living in Brooklyn. She performs improv, sketch, plays, and character stuff all around NYC at a bunch of different theaters/bars (most often at the Annoyance), and she encourages you to come watch! Her play Three Busy Debras, which she wrote with Alyssa Stonoha and Sandy Honig (both alums of this column), starts a run at the Annoyance in late June. She also contributes to Reductress, and you can check her out in some fun lil vids on YouTube if you want to. This week Mitra and I spoke about developing characters through tweets, making connections on Twitter, and [...]

Drew Koshgarian (@MostlyPregnant) on Social Media and Jokes Being Thoughts

Drew Koshgarian is a writer and baker living in Los Angeles. She supplies pastries at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum Cafe. You can find Koshgarian's work online at The Impolite, a collection of comic writing from LA comedians that she edited with Matt Ingebretson and Bridger Winegar, as well as on Dick Pics, her podcast with Julia Prescott, and on her Tumblr. She likes her family.

This week Koshgarian spoke with me about three of her favorite tweets, and about handling social media in general, expanding or explaining tweets, and how Twitter helps her examine her attitude.

Is it ok to post "all I know [...]

Shane Murphy (@Shanehasabeard) on Relatable Comedy and His Stupidest Inspiration For a Tweet

Shane Murphy is originally from Albuquerque, NM, and now lives in Austin, Texas, where he stays at home with his four kids, ages 3-8, while he works on his degree to become a teacher. You can find Murphy on Twitter, where he writes about his real life and more under the handle @Shanehasabeard. This week Murphy talked to me about three of his favorite tweets, how momentary confidence can affect his writing, and the silliest source that’s inspired tweets from him.

My mom would wake up early just to cut the crust off my sandwiches for lunch. She knew the crust was my favorite part. She hated me [...]

Is This the Most Plagiarized Joke of All Time?

A few years ago I was flipping through Twitter and saw this joke:

Those first two guys who thought Superman was a bird or a plane, what were they so excited about?

Weeks later I was at an open mic and I heard a comic tell the same joke on stage. I couldn’t figure out why it felt like I had heard that particular comic’s material before, even though I knew I had never seen him perform. Eventually I remembered the tweet. I cared for about a day and then decided not to anymore. If I were to start worrying about every open mic comic who steals material I’d drive [...]

Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, and Why Nobody Cares About Stolen Jokes

On Tuesday a jury in Los Angeles found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement and ordered them to pay $7.3 million for copying elements of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” for Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” Quickly after this story broke, there was a flurry of speculation about what this means for music — does it establish an overly tight interpretation of what it means to copy a song? Does it eliminate the grey area between referencing or being influenced by a previous artist and claiming their ideas as your own?

The whole thing made me think of this [...]

Talking to @JamesHartnett About Tweeting in Character and More

James Hartnett is a comedian, writer and actor from Toronto. He's won a Canadian Comedy Award and worked on shows like Funny As Hell, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, This Is That, That's So Weird and Sunnyside. Hartnett is a member of the live comedy show Laugh Sabbath, and makes the podcast The Abernathy Zone with Katie Crown. He recently performed at JFL 42 and San Francisco Sketchfest.

This week I asked Hartnett about three of his favorite tweets, and we talked about his top Twitter interaction, the difference between developing characters on Twitter vs in performance, and more.

thought I would surprise father [...]

@LollyAdefope on Extroversion, Selfies, and Tweets That 'Say Something'

Lolly Adefope is a 24-year-old comedian, writer, and actor from London. She performs around London several times a week, and is performing her debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. You can hear some of her characters here and here. This week I spoke with Adefope about three of her favorite tweets, and we talked about extroversion, unattractive selfies, and tweeting in series.

when the driver wants 2 chat but u just want 2 sleep pic.twitter.com/PRKVYIKEIs

— lolly (@lollyadefope) January 18, 2015

Talking to @AllegraRingo About Dogs, Dates, and 'Reading Rainbow'

Allegra Ringo lives in LA, where she writes for VICE and CollegeHumor as well as her Maude team at the UCB Theatre. She spends most of her free time hanging out with her dog Pistachio and yelling about the patriarchy. Recently, I asked Ringo for some behind-the-scenes information about three of her favorite tweets, and we talked about Reading Rainbow, the intersection between jokey tweets and ones about social justice, and her surprise when a silly tweet unexpectedly performs well.

I like that the Reading Rainbow theme song starts off by aggressively one-upping butterflies

— Allegra Ringo (@allegraringo) June 9, 2014

Ringo: The Reading Rainbow [...]

Talking to Gary Richardson (@garyyesgary) About Writing Jokes and Twitter's Power to Make Something Huge

Gary Richardson is a writer and performer having the time of his life in Brooklyn. He performs live around the city and encourages you to see him do live stuff if you can, but to find his internet stuff if you can't. This week I talked with Richardson about three of his favorite tweets, how Twitter has changed for him over time, and trying to hide the excitement that comes from favs and RTs. He also told me his mom is retiring from the military this year, and to give it up for that.

there's 3 sides to every story: me hitting you, you hitting the ground, and [...]