Critical Tweets: Under-the-Radar Funny
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From the absurd to the surreal.
Aside from being a great resource for finding out which celebrity has just died (or as is more often the case, hasn't died), Twitter offers comedians an excellent opportunity to try out new material. And of course, there are many people who've become better known for their Twitter accounts than their careers. These comedians might just be part of the next wave. We've selected ten of our favorite under-the-radar funny Twitter accounts:
Jordan Clifford (@JordanCliffored), TV producer
Jordan is a TV producer who also works on The Moon Show, a monthly comedy show in Brooklyn, NY. He seems to be the most consistent twitter user of the bunch with an ever-flowing feed of irreverent and pop-culture reference-y observations.
Cumberdict Benebatch (@iplaysherlock)
The twist on this joke account for Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is really very simple: it just makes fun of his name, but in a seemingly endless number of ways. With each tweet, the joke will change according to who is tweeted at.
Ashley Friedman (@ashfrieds), Freelance Writer
Ashley is one of our favorite pop culture writers, who specializes in cultural commentary like no other. Every time I read one of her tweets, I think "how has this never occurred to me before?".
Sheboygan Scanner (@SheboyganScan)
A "found object", if you will, of twitter, this account is simply a transcription of overheard police scanner items in the clearly miniscule county of Sheboygan. Tweets range from hilariously low-stakes to the surreal and weird.
Noah Garfinkel (@noahgarfinkel), Freelance Writer & Comedian
Noah is a New York-based freelance writer and comedian. Though his twitter feed is also consistently good and pop-culture-y, my most favorite tweets come whenever he's live-tweeting an event and/or building off a prior idea-his responses can be enjoyed even without context.
Doug Lussenhop (@douggpound), Writer (Portlandia, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!)
Doug Lussenhop aka DJ Douggpound (his joke DJ alter-ego) is a writer for the show Portlandia and longtime collaborator of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (almost to the extent of being their silent partner). The tone of his tweets are sort of a daffy mom who never gets it quite right meets Hipster Runoff.
Dogs Doing Things (@dogsdoingthings)
Dogs Doing Things can be absurd to the point of being polarizing, but to those who appreciate it, nothing else will do. The premise, on a very basic level, is a description of dogs doing ridiculous things-sometimes somewhat related to current events- and then declaring something equally ridiculous, especially when juxtaposed against the action. At the very least, potheads will get it.
Dan Hopper (@danhopp), blogger for Best Week Ever
Dan Hopper is a blogger at BestWeekEver.tv who specializes in making wry observations on pop culture, and is especially on point when mocking the internet. And what better place to make social media mockery than on twitter?
Max Silvestri (@maxsilvestri), comedian and contributor to Grantland.com
I was first exposed to the work of Max Silvestri in his insanely hilarious recaps of Guy vs. Rachel: Celebrity Cook-Off, which singlehandedly made me want to watch this most horrific trainwreck of a reality show. Clearly, Silvestri's knack for soundbites translate especially well in his tweets.
Erika Brooks Adickman (@ThisErikaLife), contributor & video host, Idolator.com, creator of Troop Beverly Hills: The Experience
Erika Brooks Adickman is a walking Wikipedia: but especially for the movies and TV shows of her formative years, the 1980s and 1990s. If there's someone you can count on to make a Grease 2 analogy relevant, it's this girl.