May 19, 2009 - Twitter comedy show - one-liners compulsory - The Times

News of another Twitter first reaches me (by email - how quaint).

Nine stand-up comedians, including Now Show and Mock the Week luminaries such as Mitch Benn and Mark Watson, are going to do a "gig" - a series of 10-minute routines - on Twitter on June 8 for everyone to follow.

Now putting aside the "Twitter is a joke, anyway" jokes, I am interested to see whether being restricted to 140 characters or less will work for these guys.

The website for the show is and @tweetcomedyclub already has more than 4,000 followers mainly thanks to a mention on Twitter from Stephen Fry ("sounds larky").

The PR tells me that the comedians will be doing one-liners or telling stories with punchlines. Hecklers are invited to take part by sending @replies to the comedian "on-stage". The event will be compered by Tiernan Douieb.

To watch the night unfold, simply follow the hash tag #twitcom. The show starts at 8pm BST.

Oh, and by the way, for anyone out there who is interested my Twitter moniker is @mikeharvey. Obvious really.

Posted by Mike Harvey on May 19, 2009 at 05:37 PM


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