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

garyrichardsonGary 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.

Richardson: I truly love how so many tough-ass dudes are also dumb-ass dudes. I feel like the Internet is one of the only places I get to stick it to em, this was an attempt at that. READ MORE


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

cullencrawfordCullen 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!

Crawford: I can imagine nothing classier than picking something out of a tank and then consuming it. I wish I could pick video games, muffins in waterproof wrapping, or college acceptance letters out of a saltwater tank and then a man dressed better than I am would take me to a table and ask me if I need anything else. READ MORE


Ariana Lenarsky (@aardvarsk) on Literary Twitter and the Linguistic Career of "lol"

arianaAriana Lenarsky is a musician, poet, and comedian from Los Angeles. She’s written for places including McSweeney's and HuffPo, and writes, performs and produces at the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA. Lenarsky also studied classical vocal performance and sang with the band cossbysweater “before that name became a liability.” This week Lenarsky walked me through three of her favorite tweets, and she talked about the power of punctuating a thought with “lol” and about tweeting photos and texting them to strangers.

Lenarsky: I so feared what Frankie/Fuck Frankie would do to me if he saw me snap a pic of his hog that I really panicked and tried to escape. I took the picture, turned my wheel hard, floored the gas and drove up over the sidewalk into a Gelson's parking lot, scraping up the front of my car. I suppose retribution came quick for this young paparazzo. READ MORE


Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) Talks About Twitter and "Aggressively Glamorous Humor"

gabby nooneGabby Noone is a writer and student based in New York City. She’s a staff writer at Rookie Mag and has contributed to sites such as Buzzfeed, The Hairpin, and The Cut. Noone’s tweets cover topics like pop culture, fashion, and feminism, with her takes often approaching the absurd while at the same time maintaining sincerity. This week Noone told me about three of her favorite tweets, and she talked to me about “aggressively glamorous humor,” what she likes about Yelp, and how she feels when she sees jokes about Netflix and Food Network stars.

Noone: I am proud of this tweet because it manages to be an informative DIY tutorial and absurdist political commentary all at once. This is almost two years old, but I think it holds up. It takes you on a real wild ride in less than 140 characters. I wrote this while feeling really weary about the way people ask famous women "Are you a feminist?" and then a bunch of people get mad at her regardless of whether her answer is yes or no. And then there are bunch of followup think pieces like, "What *IS* feminism?" Like, we should all chill for a sec and go listen to the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie portion of Beyonce's "Flawless." Mainstream feminism has excluded so many women for so long, so I understand why some might shy away from identifying with it, but I think all women would agree that my definition here is correct. READ MORE


Eudora Peterson (@Pjetey) on Twitter's Character Limit and Not Overthinking Jokes

eudora petersonEudora Peterson is a New York City-based comedian whose work has appeared on The Hairpin, The Toast, and more. She currently runs Fashion What Ifs, a fashion advice video series on Jezebel’s beauty and style site Millihelen. Recently I asked Peterson to share and talk about three of her favorite tweets, and our conversation covered topics including writing in different personas, the strengths of Twitter’s character limit, and some of her material that’s made the jump from tweets to other media.

Peterson: Tweets written in character voices make me laugh, especially if the characters have an uncompromising and/or aggressive point of view. Alexis Wilkinson does it really well. People getting out of hammocks makes me laugh, too. READ MORE


Talking to @wutangcher About Deleting Tweets and Balancing Frankness with Humor

wutangcherOn Twitter she goes by @wutangcher or mangorita hayworth, but IRL this week’s Follow Friday is Allison S. from Indianapolis, Indiana. According to Allison, she sporadically haunts local open mics and teaches art classes, is floundering in pseudo-unemployment, and spends a lot of time at the dog park. This week I asked Allison to tell me about three of her favorite tweets, and she talked about speaking honestly online, making the transition to Twitter from other, less constraining blogging platforms, and her thoughts on unfollowing and being unfollowed. READ MORE


Talking to Joe Rumrill (@2tonbug) about Standup, Twitter, and Trumpets

joerumrillheadshotJoe Rumrill is a standup comedian and writer living in New York City. Her performs regularly at the UCB, the PIT, Over the Eight, and at various comedy shows around the city, as well as the 2014 Brooklyn Comedy Festival. Rumrill is also a creator of the weirdo comedy showcase Fresh Perspectives, which he co-hosts with Julio Torres every fourth Monday of the month at Muchmores in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Rumrill told me that he hopes to, “with the right amount of campaigning, luck and crowdsourcing,” perform standup in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In the meantime, he talked to me about three of his favorite tweets, his influences, and trumpet sounds.

Rumrill: Probably one of my favorite things is little kid stuff being taken very seriously by the adult world. That definitely drives a lot of what I write. My mom’s a first-grade teacher, so children’s literature has always been a lingering presence throughout my life. But, really, I chose this tweet to prove once and for all that I was doing Frog and Toad jokes BEFORE it became the “it” thing to do. READ MORE


Artist Lisa Hanawalt (@Lisadraws) on Sharing Her Sketchbook and Adopting a Different Persona on Twitter

lisahanawaltLisa Hanawalt (@lisadraws) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Hanawalt is a coproducer and production designer on the Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman, whose second season comes out this summer. She also co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with Emily Heller on the Maximum Fun network, wrote and illustrated the book My Dirty Dumb Eyes published by Drawn & Quarterly, and contributes to Lucky Peach magazine. On Twitter, Hanawalt gives followers an inside look at her sketchbook as well as [a slightly altered version of] her personality. This week Hanawalt talked to me about three of her favorite tweets, plus butts, Friends, and anxiety.

Hanawalt: Sometimes I like to troll brands with dumb slogans! They fill up valuable brain space with their ad campaigns, so this is my revenge. READ MORE


@NickCiarelli on Twitter's Uselessness and Its Effect on His Sense of Humor

nickciarelliNick Ciarelli is a writer living in Los Angeles. He writes and performs at the UCB Theatre in LA, where he's a writer for the Maude team Nephew and co-creator of the currently running sketch show "Death Valley Tween Fest." Ciarelli is also a contributor to ClickHole, and together with Bradford Evans (formerly of Splitsider) he “found” the pilot script to Denis Leary’s upcoming FX show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which he swears "is real and not a thing we wrote ourselves." Recently, I asked Ciarelli to share three of his favorite tweets and he talked to me about Elvis Presley, Wario, and penne pasta.

Ciarelli: This display I saw inside a Rite Aid just perfectly sums up what makes my generation the best. We won’t follow in anyone's footsteps but our own, tradition and family be damned. We just want to be DJs and drink brown water. #JackLive READ MORE


@SandyHonig on Growing More Confident in Her Dad Jokes

sandyhonigSandy Honig is a photographer and comedian living in New York City. She photographs and writes for Rookie Mag and performs around the city. On Twitter, Honig's account is a good one to follow for excellent, well-worded, and often impressively concise jokes. She recently took some time to talk to me about three of those jokes, how her friends describe her sense of humor and some of her favorite works where photography and comedy meet.

Honig: Everyone thinks they know the secret to getting ketchup out of a bottle, but they're just full of it. The bottle doesn't want us to have the ketchup and that's FINAL. I wrote this in a diner alone. READ MORE


Talking to Pascalle Dugay (@frenchielaboozi) About Twitter and the Human Lifespan

pascalledugayPascalle Dugay is from Detroit and lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In the past she’s contributed to the humor site The Impersonals, and you can read some of her work here. You can also find Dugay on Twitter under the name @frenchielaboozi, where she writes tweets that are exactly the kind of great that warrant her being the first Follow Friday of Splitsider’s new year. Recently, Dugay talked to me about three of her favorite tweets she’s written. We also talked about ghosts, mental illness, and whether or not her Twitter has changed over time.

Dugay: I always thought growing up that life just ended at 40. Like everyone was 18 or 40, the cool age or the parent age. Now that I'm closing in on that sweet, sweet death age and I have no family of my own, there is no wrong, no right, you just do whatever you want. It doesn't scare me. I just get really tired of finding stuff to keep doing, like, "Oh hm I mean I guess I’ll take up water aerobics now". READ MORE


@MonicaHeisey On Being Truthful In Jokes And Discussing Twitter In Person

monica heiseyMonica Heisey (@monicaheisey) is a writer and comedian from Toronto who has written for publications including The Hairpin, VICE, Gawker, The Toast, Rookie, Playboy, and more. Her upcoming collection of humor essays, short stories, drawings, and poems, entitled I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better, comes out in Spring 2015. Recently Heisey told me about three of her favorite tweets, and we talked about what you get from reading jokes, the British MP named Ed Balls, and how much she dreads talking about the Internet in person.

Heisey: I thought I was going to be uncomfortable talking about my own Twitter account, and for the most part I really am, but I truly love Sharkira. This is hands down my favorite thing I have ever tweeted, probably all the more so because the response was tepid at best. I'm very scared of sharks but very emotionally invested in the music of Shakira, so this is a nice marriage of anxiety and joy, wrought from my favorite composition strategy, "Tell a joke in person a few times and have it fail terribly, then throw it up on Twitter and bask in the people's moderate enthusiasm." READ MORE


@DanaCBell on Having Strong Visuals in Mind While Tweeting and Writing In All Caps

danacbellDana Bell is a Los Angeles-based comedian who recently moved from Washington, DC after a summer in Yellowstone National Park. She has performed at Bentzen Ball, D.C.'s comedy festival. Bell is on Twitter as @DanaCBell, where you can find her thoughts on pop culture, descriptions of funny visuals, and things that are appropriate to write in all caps. Recently I spoke with Bell about three of her favorite tweets, the visual aspect of her jokes, and the Illuminati.

Bell: I have a real soft spot for all caps tweets. This is one of the few tweets I've also tried reworking for standup. I like the image of little sperms packing up the Subaru, realizing the value of adult friendship, maybe one of them deciding they're not going to sperm law school just because their dad wants them to. This fact really made me relate to sperm a lot more, and I hope it did the same for some other people too. READ MORE


Talking to @JuliaDavidovich About Internet Backlash and Tweeting in a Series


Julia Davidovich is a writer living in LA. She co-authored the book Stats Canada: Satire on a National Scale, and together with her friend Zoe Klar (@madamezooble), Davidovich runs Lady Parts Mag, whose website launching next year will feature parody Cosmopolitan magazine style articles to accompany their parody Cosmopolitan magazine covers. This week I talked to Davidovich about three of her favorite things she's ever tweeted. In our discussion we covered, among other topics, tweeting as part of a series, McRibs, and musician Mark McGrath.

I just wanted to display a very sarcastic statement about Charles Manson deserving this ridiculous marriage. Amazingly I received exactly zero backlash and across the board people understood it was a joke, and thank goodness, because I will be marrying Charles Manson in a simple Synagogue ceremony next year. READ MORE