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other Mumford & Sons: 1 "Fetch the banjo, Jeeves: we'll go to the vicar's party dressed as raggledy-taggledy minstrels!" 2 "How very quaint, sir."

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Another example of a different type of comedian on Twitter. More of a music snob type

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Twitter Comedy: How to Be Funny in 140 Characters

Twitter Comedy: How to Be Funny in 140 Characters | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it

amousComedy is king on Twitter. Professional humorists and armchair standups alike have amassed legions of followers that hang on every 140-character quip. Twitter humor is a brand-b...

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Famous social media comedians give advice on how to be fun using only the characters allowed on Twitter. 

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TV Comedy Writers on Twitter

TV Comedy Writers on Twitter | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Performers and writers up and down the comedy food chain have taken to Twitter as a promotional tool, but also a virtual workshop to test material and experiment with improv.
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Jen Statsky got a job on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon because of her great collection of one liners on Twitter. It helped her practice writing a joke a day. For some comedians it is a virtual toolbox where jokes and bits can be worked out for fans. Even though she writes for the show, Twitter still gives her an outlet to use jokes that maybe did not get in or that she felt did not match the show. Aaron Glaser believes "...if it works on Twitter, it works onstage."

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Social brands: Betfair turns to comedy writers for social media | Marketing Magazine

Social brands: Betfair turns to comedy writers for social media | Marketing Magazine | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Social brands: Betfair turns to comedy writers for social media, Online gaming giant Betfair has placed experimentation at the heart of its social media strategy, hiring a team of comedy writers to create content for Twitter. | Marketing Magazine
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Professional comedy writers were hired to help get Betfair an online gaming site more traffic. 

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'SNL' Is Reclaiming Its Turf via Social Media — Just in Time

'SNL' Is Reclaiming Its Turf via Social Media — Just in Time | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Saturday Night Live's 39th season has been, in many ways, one for the record books. Here, we look at the social strategy keeping the show on top.
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SNL cast use comedy via YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter to get closer to their fans. This helps the brand and the comedians on a personal level. 

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Daniel Tosh apologizes on Twitter for rape joke during stand-up routine 

Daniel Tosh apologizes on Twitter for rape joke during stand-up routine  | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Daniel Tosh isn't usually one to shy away from controversial material during his stand-up routines, but one audience member felt the comedian went a little too far during one of his recent performances.
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Daniel Tosh used his Twitter account to apologize to a young woman whom claimed he made a rape joke at her expense. Tosh is known for not apologizing and for going for edgy material, still he felt bad enough at the miscommunication and linked to the woman's blog post with an apology 

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Steve Martin: Social Media King

Steve Martin: Social Media King | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Steve Martin seems to be good at everything, including establishing a devoted social media following.
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Steve Martin uses his Facebook page like a real celebrity should. He updates about what he's up to but it isn't celebrity bragging. He uses twitter for one liners and other jokes. He actually turned his Twitter account into a book. 

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Tweeting for Laughs: How the Internet Is Shaping Comedy

Tweeting for Laughs: How the Internet Is Shaping Comedy | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Social media is changing comedy, giving both fledgling and established comics instantaneous, wide exposure while pressuring them to take part in a distracting and potentially career-damaging set of...
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How are comedy and comedians are being shaped by social media use? Well Kelly Oxford a Canadian mother has over 370,000 followers with her catchy one liners. Leo Margul uses his twitter jokes to create larger bits and ideas from. Social media also lets comedians use material that never got anywhere, or that never got fully finished. Social media can stop homophobic and racist rants from happening because of the possible PR pressure but at the same time it can hurt comedians who try and be difficult and edgy.

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WATCH: Is Social Media Destroying Comedy?

WATCH: Is Social Media Destroying Comedy? | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it

 peA funny Twitter feed does not a comic make. At least, that's what Wanda Sykes and several of her fellow comedians say.

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Some professional comedians believe that just because someone can say a good liner online it doesn't make them a good comedian. This has spread and created a generation of new comedians who have not practiced their craft with open mics but just tweet them out and hope for some retweets. It is a vastly different learning experience. 

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Is Twitter Bad For Comedy?

Is Twitter Bad For Comedy? | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Let's be honest, we're all spending more time on Twitter than we can reasonably justify when pressed.
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Interesting argument on both sides of twitter use by comedians. Though old the information is very important and relavent. 

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VIDEO: Comedian Jack Vale uses social media to become a fake psychic, prank passersby

VIDEO: Comedian Jack Vale uses social media to become a fake psychic, prank passersby | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it

FunnComedian Jack Vale has pranked a lot of strangers but his latest left him nervous he was teetering on the line of being a creep.

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Funny man Jake Vale uses social media information to pretend to be a psychic. Hilarity ensues. 

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Louie C.K. using Twitter to promote work- 711 retweets

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30 Comedians Worth Following on Twitter :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste

30 Comedians Worth Following on Twitter :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Being a funny stand-up comedian is not the same as being funny on Twitter. Some of our favorite funnymen and funnywomen (Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K.) save their best jokes for the stage, while others (Tim Siedell, Kelly Oxford) have a bigger presence online than on stage.
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30 great twitter comedians where you get a taste of their humor before you dive more into. You get to see their bio, and two of their (recent at the time) tweets.

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Modern Seinfeld (SeinfeldToday) on Twitter

Modern Seinfeld (SeinfeldToday) on Twitter | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
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A very interesting comedian style as the plot to modern Seinfeld episodes. 

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Twitter Comedian Kelly Oxford Steals Her Own Tweets

Twitter Comedian Kelly Oxford Steals Her Own Tweets | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Kelly Oxford used to be known for being a Canadian housewife whose Twitter feed you couldn't turn away from. In three years she amassed over half a million dedicated followers. Celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel and Olivia Wilde RT'd her en masse. Then came the script deals. Followed by the movie. And after that, the book deal.
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Kelly Oxford is a controversial "Twitter comedian." She has recently been asked to write a pilot. However, some people are not big fans of her and say she is one of the reasons Twitter and comedy are killing each other. Here is an example of her purposely repeating jokes.  

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How Twitter Is Changing the Craft of Comedy

How Twitter Is Changing the Craft of Comedy | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
At the "How to be Funny in 140 Characters or Less" panel Wednesday, I watched the full life cycle of a humorous trending topic on Twitter — from its creation, to peak, then deat...
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Daily Show writer Lizz Winstead taklks about Twitter's commitment to comedy and how it is changing comedy. "No one can make you funny. But people can make what you thinkis funny a little more accessible." That quote from Winstead takes the forefront of theories behind how comedians and twitter can really come together.Hashtag games also became a big part of the game. It' s a new outlet for comedians and gives them a new form of attention. They talked about how putting out your brand is important but you do not want to push it for fear you'll annoy people. Most important piece of advice- "Don't overthink it..."

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How the 'Daily Show' co-creator uses Twitter to hone her comedy

How the 'Daily Show' co-creator uses Twitter to hone her comedy | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Comedienne Lizz Winstead recalled how she came to co-found The Daily Show on Comedy Central, in a new interview with msnbc's Alex Witt for an "Office
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Lizz Winstead talks about using social media and especially Twitter to test material and figure out which of her material gets the most response. 

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Will Jimmy Fallon Get the Last Laugh on Social Media? #Hashtag #TonightShow - Speakeasy - WSJ

Will Jimmy Fallon Get the Last Laugh on Social Media? #Hashtag #TonightShow - Speakeasy - WSJ | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
It's @jimmyfallon vs. @jimmykimmel on social media. Who will get the last laugh?
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Leno's final show got 9.9 million tweets, and Fallon got 15.6 million for his first show. Fallon got over 22 million views with #Hashtage video on YouTube. Jimmy Kimmel helped make a fake video fo a young lady catching on fire because of twerking. Kimmel's video has around 18 million views. Kimmel's YouTube channel alone was making between $1-2 million in 2012.

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Comedian David Koechner on Social Media as a Platform for Experimenting | Video

Comedian David Koechner on Social Media as a Platform for Experimenting | Video | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Youtube and Twitter have become key ways for entertainers -- and entrepreneurs -- to experiment and get immediate feedback from their audience. Koechner...
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David Koechner talks about how social media has changed how his brand of comedy is produced and delivered to his fans. He uses YouTube like an open mic. He believes Twitter is like being a live comedy show because of the instant response from your audience. Last, he talks about testing and trying new things like improv on social media 

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Louis C.K. Uses Social Media To Bypass Ticket-Sellers

Louis C.K. Uses Social Media To Bypass Ticket-Sellers | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
By selling tickets through social media instead of using traditional ticket-selling companies like Live Nation and Ticketmaster, everyman comedian Louis C.K. has effectively cut out the middleman.
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Yet another look at how Louis C.K. hates and yet uses social media at the same time. He has spent whole evenings talking to fans over Twitter, and gave many hours to Reddit's AMA. 

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Social media firm publicly asks comedian for sponsored tweets; earns scorn

Social media firm publicly asks comedian for sponsored tweets; earns scorn | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Brander Influencers inspired some very funny (and highly vulgar) tweets from comedian Patton Oswalt, but they’re not the kind of tweets brands would want.
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Brander Influencers asked Patton Oswalt to help tweet and promote brands. Of course, Patton is very sarcastic and he uses that and his followers to show he isn't for sale. 

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What Late-Night Comedians Can Teach You About Social Media - Time To Startup!

What Late-Night Comedians Can Teach You About Social Media - Time To Startup! | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
We break down how comedians such as Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have reaped the rewards of staying in touch with the world via 140 characters or less.
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Showing how late night show comedians used their twitter accounts to help spread their brand and word:

1. Fallon uses hashtags to find the best audience responses

2. Team Coco is Conan's brand 

3. Jimmy Kimmel is a the king of using social media and often invites people from social media to his show 

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5 Social Media Shifts That Will Impact Comedians

5 Social Media Shifts That Will Impact Comedians | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of change happening in social media right now and those changes are going to have a huge impact on the future of comedy. Here’s why…
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Though the article is a little dated, the trends go with what is actually happening. Comedians are getting on mutliple social media platforms to spread their ideas and brand. Louis C.K. is a perfect example of your audience giving you the press. He is also an example of fans funding projects. 

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Louis CK Earns $1 Million in 12 Days With $5 Video

Louis CK Earns $1 Million in 12 Days With $5 Video | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Comedian Louis CK has proved a point: People are willing to pay a reasonable amount of money for DRM-free content from a performer they love, even though it would be trivial for...
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Louie uses social media to give out $5 stand up video. He gets a $1 million in 12 days. He is giving the money to charities and is only keeping $220,000.

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How to Master Social Media Like a Famous Comedian

How to Master Social Media Like a Famous Comedian | Social Media Use By Professional Comedians | Scoop.it
Keeping customers loyal is no laughing matter, and few take social media more seriously than comedians. Here are five lessons learned.
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Great article about how comedians use social media. Comedians help create conversation online as well which is as important as making a funny joke. Last, Louie C.K. and Aziz were name dropped for how they interact with fans. 

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