Michael Ian Black is hilarious. He was a part of MTV's "The State," the cult movie "Wet Hot American Summer" and now he has a book out called "You're Not Doing It Right." He also has one of the greatest Twitter feeds on the Internet. So we asked him to give us his 10 favorite Twitter accounts to follow.
Michael Ian Black: OK, so here's 10 Twitter accounts I enjoy. I stayed away from the more obvious ones (apologies to @robdelaney and @kellyoxford because they're already pretty popular) because I wanted to focus on some people I think deserve more followers for their consistently hilarious feeds. These are in no particular order because I don't rank funny. (Although if you DM after you read this, I will give you my rankings.)
Michael Ian Black: One of the surprising things about Twitter is that it allows people to develop their own unique voice in such a small space. Lauren writes without any capitalization or punctuation, and yet somehow manages to convey succinct and hilarious tweets. She is the E. E. Cummings of Twitter.
Sample tweet: "whoever invents the drive thru where you don't have to make eye contact with anyone deserves the million billion dollars they'll make"
Michael Ian Black: She's just funny, pretty much every day about everyday stuff. I admire her liberal use of the caps-lock key, which in the wrong hands is a grave and mortal sin. In hers, it is a thing of wonderment.
Sample tweet: "I STILL CANT BELIEVE THE WORLD IS SQUARE"
Michael Ian Black: Writer, comedian, and rock legend Dave Hill lives in a parallel universe in which Glenn Danzig is always visiting, sex on airplanes is freely and widely available, and people cheer his every morning jog. Always funny and bizarre.
Sample tweet: "Effective at 10pm EST tonight, I am changing my name to Rocket Richard. Please update your records."
Michael Ian Black: I have no idea who this guy is or what he does and I don't care. He's just funny. One of the great things about Twitter is that funny people who might not have had a place to express themselves beyond the office coffee pot now do. Follow him for ordinary inanity.
Sample tweet: "My beard grows in this weird shape because all the hairs are stretching toward the sunlight"
Michael Ian Black: The great comedian George Wallace currently took up residence on Twitter and has already established himself as one of the best on the service. His "shout outs" have become a particular favorite for their brevity, randomness, and odd poetic quality.
Sample tweet: "Shout out to space garbage."
Michael Ian Black: Filth. If you like your ladies hot and your filth filthy, this is the Twitter feed for you. Jenny is bitchy and body-obsessed, husband-obsessed, food-obsessed, self-aggrandizing, and always amazing. A must follow.
Sample tweet: "If I authored a book like Eat, Pray, Love it would probably just be called: Eat, Talk Shit about People, Eat."
Michael Ian Black: Pronounced "Lewis," not "Louie." An unabashed consumer of pop culture, he mostly tweets about the TV show "Friends," his obsession with various boys, and his unhealthy eating/Xanax habits. He's sweet and funny and seems to get more pleasure from communicating via 140 characters than anybody else.
Sample tweet: "The One Where Rose Realizes She's Been Addicted to Painkillers for 30 Years." If you don't understand that the structure of this tweet is a joke about "Friends," then you need not apply.
Michael Ian Black: Joe has perfected the art of the retweet, usually letting celebrities, gossip girls, and corporations hang themselves with their own inanity. Lately he's been adding the word "OK" to these retweets, which cracks me up.
Sample tweet: "OK. RT @ParisHilton: If you love the life you live, you will love a life of love."
Michael Ian Black: Samuel Pepys does not run his own account because he died in 1703. He was a British diarist who recorded every gossipy doing of his day. @philgyford, who runs the account, describes it as "17th century London diarist currently tweeting 1669's events in real time." Here's what I've learned about Samuel: he liked to drink and he liked to screw.
Sample tweet: "I did alter my side of the table, after eight years sitting on that, but now I am not able to bear the light of the windows in my eyes."
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Michael Ian Black: Often cantankerous, always funny. Steve's hilarious Twitter feed is an almost unadulterated expression of male infantilism. He smokes weed and gets depressed and bitches about stuff that every guy bitches about. He's also a supportive friend and comedy enthusiast, in addition to being a great comedian himself.
Sample tweet: "the audience just cheered for Dr. Oz and an audience member gargling. Talk to you guys later."
You should go buy Michael Ian Black's new book "You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations" now.