Dave Gorman is responsible for one of the biggest tweet based LOLs we've ever had. We were close to a LOVL - thank God nobody but our webcam was there to see such awfulness. "Jim Davidson's written a novel," Dave twittaged. "Close your eyes & imagine the cover. Now open them, click this and see if you were right." For tweets like this, we love following Gorman, but who does he follow?
"He just constantly uses Twitter to try ideas and to push himself. Many comedians will use it to showcase their jokes so to speak, but he uses it to actually stimulate jokes, and generate new material. His Twitter feed is like a joke writing workshop of the highest order. You can ask him any question and he'll figure out a funny answer to it, which I think is just remarkable. Personally, I like to think of using Twitter as like having a conversation anyway, Peter uses that art to be really playful and creative."
"Man of science, morals and principal. Everyone builds Twitter in their own image in one way or another, and Ben’s Twitter reflects him very well. I think he’s a good journalistic source of information and campaigning. The way he was fighting over the NHS bill was very noble but he's not just about that one issue. He covers the kind of news that isn't on the front page, but you kind of think, hang on it should be. Things that are slightly complex and are seen, slightly patronisingly by news rooms, as something people won't be able to follow. Brilliant."
"I think one of the joys of Twitter is the way it has changed the way you can watch TV. Previously you would have turned over after five minutes of The X Factor, thinking why am I wasting my life with this rubbish? But now you can watch, and it will be a collective experience with some clever people like Grace commenting on it. What she does so well is pith, and being pithy is a big thing on Twitter. Enduring things like The X Factor and The Apprentice suddenly becomes enjoyable, but, still, I won't go as far as Take Me Out."
"He basically writes short stories in 140 characters, which is just such a great thing to have in the mix. I think it's nice to enhance your Twitter feed with some art, and this isn’t just art it is art designed for the medium. They are genuine complete stories, that tell you something. Some are funny, some are dark, some are really beautiful. In fact, I think there's a simple beauty of some kind just in making any story a complete story, in such a short form. I highly recommend him."
He sneezed and liquids exploded outwards and the meeting came to a halt. No one offered a tissue. You're heartless, he said. Everyone agreed— Arjun Basu (@arjunbasu) March 21, 2012
"He's a columnist for a paper in Liverpool. Just one of those people who is fully rounded and putting out interesting things. He's mixing links and funniness, and just being himself on Twitter, which is something that I enjoy. When I first heard about Twitter I was wary. I thought it was going to be, "I am having a pizza," "I am thirsty", "I am meeting Steve," and obviously a lot of people are doing that, but that's not the point of it. The sharing of links, of observations, and the word of mouse is what Twitter is brilliant for. People like Gary are very good at it."
I am thinking of starting work at 11am every day. But I will have a support act do the first couple of hours.— Gary Bainbridge (@Gary_Bainbridge) March 28, 2012
Dave Gorman will be performing at the Southbank Centre with Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation from 2nd – 5th April. For other dates visit: www.davegorman.com.
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