A lot of Twitter users take to the platform to test out their latest jokes and quips, but certain people truly excel at making us laugh with the available characters and constraints. With the Internet being such a big place, it can be difficult to find the comedians most worthy of your RTs and favs. Each Friday we feature one person whose consistent short-form online humor deserves your attention and to be on your Twitter feed.
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Tim Neenan is a sketch writer at the UCB in LA, a contributor for the Onion News Network, and more. He walked us through a few of his funniest tweets.
“I have this sort of love/hate relationship with Twitter where one day I’ll think it’s really, really great and amazing and the next I’ll think it’s the dumbest thing we’ve ever done - “Sigh, more internet” is how I feel about most social media distracting me from doing anything productive. I went with an “Oops All Berries!” reference for the other name option because the name of that cereal has always been really funny to me. “Oops, All Berries?” Such a lazy name, Captain. And the idea that they would package and distribute this mistake instead of just mixing them back in with the Crunch Berries? I could talk about this for hours.”
“This one genuinely still makes me laugh. These little “scene” tweets are always my favorite - Weird Twitter is the best at them. They’re basically like little excerpts from sketches I didn’t write. The shark funeral tweet fans out there will be happy to know this one did eventually become something more - you’ll see in my mentions that my friend @evafay told me to write this sketch after I tweeted it, so I did. It ended up being one of the biggest hits I’ve had at UCB, and the reason I now scan my past tweets for sketch ideas when I can’t come up with any. You can see the sketch here - my actors are great in it.”
“Me and my good buddy @chosenberg talk about Twitter when we hang out. Our favorite subject is the tweets we thought for sure would be big hits that get no response - our personal favorites the world’s just not ready for. This tweet is the opposite - I’d have never thought anyone else would find this funny. Twitter, man. She is a mystery.”
“Well, I did.
Two thousand dollars is so little money, and it has been so long since I’ve had that much at once. I once told my dad how much I made in a year out here in LA doing free sketch and improv and interning and he literally - and I do mean literally - could not believe I was able to live on it. He kept asking me where else I had money coming from. I don’t think he was worried or implying that I was selling my mouth and butt, but he wasn’t buying I was that broke.”
“This was typed almost immediately after an uncle asked me to explain what Twitter was. I got halfway through my description when I was overwhelmed by the need to go outside and look at the stars; to ask myself what any of us are even doing.”
What are we doing? Tim’s talking ‘bout his relatives:
He’s got a grasp of popular soul songs.
But not really of all birds.
Sometimes Tim can get himself into sticky situations.
This is when he seeks answers from Twitter.
Tim likes to watch movies.
And talk about familiar fantasy characters.
And although we don’t condone talking at the movies, Tim has good reason.
Sometimes he just has to leave, though.
Tim’s got those topical tweets:
And ones for the holidays.
Tim’s got ideas beyond those, too: