Steve Martin tweets 10 funniest tweets not tweeted by Steve Martin
Steve Martin has gone social media on us, writing a book about Twitter. There are serious things to say about that ... but also 10 really funny tweets he collected.
Here’s a story that purports to be about comedian Steve Martin, but it’s really about you and me … and social media.Skip to next paragraph
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Steve Martin is a hilarious man. So hilarious, we had to get a Thesaurus to try to sum him up: jocular, rollicking, thigh-slapping, rib tickling, jovial. Maybe you’ve seen his movies (“The Jerk,” “Father of the Bride,” “Parenthood,” “Pink Panther Strikes Again”). Maybe you’ve listened to his Grammy-winning comedy albums (“Let’s Get Small,” ”A Wild and Crazy Guy”). Ever on the cutting edge, now Steve Martin's gone out and gotten all social media on us.
(If, like us, you've heard enough about how social media has taken over and changed our lives, skip the next six paragraphs to get to the funny part.)
In his, just-released book, “The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten. The Tweets of Steve Martin,” Mr. Martin has collected the tweets he started as a promotional tool and then got hooked on for their comedy potential.
“I found the limits exciting, and liked that these thoughts popped up randomly on someone else’s device, perhaps catching them at an odd moment,” he writes in the book’s introduction. “I also liked that these thoughts popped up randomly in me, and kept me on my comedy toes.”
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.”