Twitter’s pithy, accessible format is no better displayed than when Blighty’s comedians come to the fore and exercise their funny. Here’s a list of comedians offering an insight into their minds on the interweb who we think you should be following. Not in a stalker way, mind.
1. Peter Serafinowicz (serafinowicz): Peter Serafinowicz has featured on, created and produced some of the finest British comedy of recent years spanning from Spaced to Look Around You. He’s been on Twitter for longer than most comedians, and now boasts over 300,000 followers. With that much influence, he can swiftly test his best jokes on a large percentage of the population, or get any topic of his choosing to ‘trend’. Indeed, among others, Peter was essential in making Rage Against the Machine a Christmas hit. Recent twitterings: ‘Expect strong language from the fucking outset #CBB’
2. Charlie Brooker (charltonbrooker): With almost 100,000 followers, the savage writer and satirist Charlie Brooker is also a must add to your online portfolio. Whether it’s 140-character assassinations of celebrities, tv programmes and pop culture your after, or simply updates on his rocketing television career, following charltonbrooker is sure to keep your twitterfeed alive with worthwhile musings. Recent twitterings: ‘Go and buy my new book for Christmas, you bastards. Go on. Buy it. It's more Christmassy than, like, the bible.’
3. Bill Bailey (RealBillBailey): This imaginative, unique and follicularly challenged comedian has been a team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, and was voted seventh best stand up by Channel 4. His inimitable comedic style and fierce intelligence makes his tweets worth every character. 122,885 followers and counting…go on, make it 122,886. Recent twitterings: ‘lunging at the Pope was one of my 50 Things to Do before You Die, -I'm now worried cos another was ' bungee kidnap the Queen'’
4. Tim Key (timkeyperson) and (TimKeyPoet): Winner of the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award, Tim Key is a comedian set to be on our screens, stages and radiowaves for some time to come (as well as in our March issue). He utilises Twitter both as himself, and his character – an idealistic poet. Indeed, both accounts are worth following to keep breast of his latest gig news, absurdly evocative verse and pithy one-liners. Recent twitterings: ‘Don't want to be the guy that buys ten fishfingers twice in a day. Already calculating where second closest shop is.’
5. Robert Popper (robertpopper) and (RobinCooperEsq): Although a producer on Peep Show, this tweeter has somewhat of a modest online following. Popper uses his account ostensibly for bizarre and ridiculous links that never fail to amuse, but he also uses it to propel his character ‘Robin Cooper’, he of the seminal Letters of a Complete Time Waster, into the limelight. Check him and his hapless alter ego out if you haven’t already for 140 character long missives that are always worth reading. Recent twitterings: ‘Just eaten the largest ice cube ever. It was so refreshing! Although, perhaps too refreshing.’
Words by Tom Ford