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He said he started tweeting around Labor Day of 2010, and “didn’t really understand the ins and outs of Twitter, and it wasn’t until about four months later that I noticed that people were tweeting me back. Then, I started noticing how tuned in and funny the responses were, and then a few months later I started saving the best of them (cut and pasted, by hand, by me) in a file. This was real enjoyment: I would run to my wife quoting someone's latest clever response, laughing hard.”

OK, we’re almost to the funny part (just three more paragraphs). But for those who need an excuse to let go and be funny and still feel like you are participating in the social gestalt of our age, here is a quote from a man who has written a book about the topic.

"Shakespeare's observation that 'brevity is the soul of wit' has never been more true than on Twitter, and, in the case of Steve Martin, that wit is his patented cracked, brilliant sense of humor," says Paul Levinson, author of "New New Media," in an e-mail. "The one-liner has always been the comedian's punchline, but it has found its ideal form in Twitter's 140-character missive."

"And, as is the case with all new new media, in which consumers become producers, the funny lines on Twitter come not only from pros like Martin, but anyone with a slightly deranged funny thought in their head,” he says.

So here we go: The top tweets in this book that are not written by Steve Martin.

1. Martin tweeted about his newly released album: “Rare Bird Alert #3 on Amazon. I’m as happy as a clam. Wait. Are clams really happy?” The response from @gropious3: “The chilling sound of clam-laughter has caused many fishermen to quit the sea.”

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