by Brandy D. Anderson
Comedy teams are the best entertainment combo and it’s even better when you have a comedy quad. These four men have been friends for a long time. Two of them have been a comedy team for over fifty years. One of them has been a jerk, a scoundrel, and just an all around wild and crazy guy. And the fourth is probably the funniest Scotsman you’ll ever encounter. The best thing about their Twitter pages is that they often tweet each other back and forth, with the tweets sometimes going into full-on celebrity roast style. Without further ado, here are the fab four of comedic Twitterdom:
About: “Finishing work on Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Preparing for Bright Star!”
I’m going to assume that all of you are familiar with one of the funniest men on the planet, Steve Martin. What you may not be so familiar with, however, is his equally hilarious Twitter feed. While he does post some self promotion for his various projects, even his plugs are funny. Case in point: “I wrapped Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn…’ Did I mention it’s in ultra-high def? Did I say it’s in 3D? Oh, and did I forget to say it’s a drama?” Someone replied “Is it in surround sound too?” to which Martin quipped “Unfortunately, it’s in mono” and followed it with “Okay, I lied. It’s actually a flip book”. When prompted to answer whether he “will be the next #JamesBond? #comedyactionhero” Martin tweeted “My name is Bond. Jim Bond.”
In reference to this news story, Martin joked “I’m pretty sure I was the elderly woman who dropped off this rare Apple computer: cnet.co/1K2BpIH via @CNET”. He also posts some awesome selfies, such as the recent one he posted of himself wearing a Colonel Sanders-esque white suit and black string tie with his added touch of a big black pirate eye-patch and a cheap plastic red devil’s pitchfork: “Some nights, I like to dress up as Ruprecht” (reference to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Aside from the predominant humour, Martin also posts a lot of congratulatory tweets to his fellow comedians like David Letterman, Mel Brooks, and Anne Meara just to name a few.
About: “Writer, Director, Actor, Producer, and failed Dairy Farmer. Melbrooks.com”
Mel Brooks has long been famous for his dry and sarcastic sense of humour and that’s what you’ll find here. His most recent post is a perfect example of this: “If you’d like to see me reluctantly give @SteveMartinToGo the AFI Life Achievement award, I hear last night’s festivities will be on TBS 6/13.” A fan who retweeted AFI‘s official promotional post regarding Brooks presenting Steve Martin with this award added the comment “Like God letting Jesus know he did a nice job even if his critics never really got him @MelBrooks @SteveMartinToGo”; Brooks, of course, retweeted this and you can just imagine his pleased grin when he read it. Andy Richter tweeted “My 9 yo daughter saw Star Wars for the 1st time today & a few mins in she said ‘Oh, so this is what Spaceballs is based on”; Brooks replied “Good move having your daughter see SPACEBALLS first. Star Wars just isn’t that funny. – Mel”.
He also gives fan service: a fan tweeted “@MelBrooks your marketing dreams have been realized” along with a picture of a stitch-work sampler bearing the words: “SPACEBALLS A CROSS-STITCH” to which Brooks enthusiastically retweeted, adding “I love it!” He also reposts loads of other neat fan art. Really, though, the most entertaining aspect of Brooks’ page is his familiar and comfortable humour that many of us have grown up with. Another great example: Carl Reiner tweeted a picture of his royalty cheque for .03: “35 million more residual checks like the one I just got for directing ‘Sibling Rivalry’ will keep me solvent forever” – Brooks quipped “@carlreiner What a waste of a 49 cent stamp!”
About: “Hollywood, CA. Randomcontent.com”
I don’t know about you, but The Dick Van Dyke Show is one of the first comedies I remember ever really watching, it was rerun heaven. My mom loved it, it was just about the only show she would actually sit down and watch. Carl Reiner is the funny man behind that show, as well as a whole slew of other works. At 93, Reiner is one of the oldest active Twitter members around and he’s certainly as razor sharp as he ever was. He’s also maintained that lovable and goofy humour, seen in his recent tweet: “Kant kome up with kwips or kuotes that kould be konsidered klever or katchy but words with k’s like kookoo klock get konsistent kackles”. He also seems very down-to-earth, I love his excitement over social media: “Woweeee, I got 90,800 frolicking followers following my fun-filled foolishness, f’gosh sakes. Gonna try to tweet a beaut & get me 200 more!”
Reiner’s modesty is also warming, and he doesn’t shy away from giving thanks: “So very heartened by words tweeted by U folks about the DVD book. A labor of love is the only way I can describe how I feel working on it.”’ He’s proud of his twilight energy: “If Catherine Brodsky is right, then at 93 Yrs & 2M’s I may well be the oldest tweeter tweeting. If no one refutes that than Huzzah, Huzzah Me”. Of course someone did refute it so he cordially responded with “Just learned that @QuiltingMuriel tweets at 96 so my huzzahs & hat are off to her. May you have many more years of happy, sweet tweeting.” Reiner’s page is full of humour, humility, and a positive outlook on life.
CraigyFerg is a hilarious man. If you’ve ever seen his talk show, or any of his other many performances, you’ve no doubt been blown away by his easy ability to get laughs. His Twitter feed chronicles pretty much everything from life on the road to oddball observations. A few days ago he announced “I decided to finally grow a beard about 20 minutes ago. So far…nothing. Very disappointed. Will consider face wig suggestions.” Another one “I forgot the word ‘be’ in my last tweet. I look forward to your persnickety correctioning. #iknowthatsnotaword #fuckyouspellcheck”.
Ferguson posts some of the most interesting selfies I’ve ever seen, including his foot: “Hey a’body. Gotta run. Meantime here is a picture of my beautiful foot.” He also often interacts with fans. Here are some recent examples: Fan tweeted: “@CraigyFerg You remind me of a 10 years younger Billy Connolly” – Ferg: “I’m 20 years younger but thanks.” Fan: “Love when @CraigyFerg sends a reply back to ordinary people” – Ferg: “There are no ordinary people.” Fan: “@CraigyFerg is replying to people and I really want him to reply to me” – Ferg: “Sorry. Too busy.” I’ll leave you all with a sweet interaction: Fan: “I was all sad and gross and now I’m watching @CraigyFerg’s I’m Here To Help and now everything is fine” – Ferg: “Well that’s just lovely. Thank you very much. #jobdone”.