Titter over Twitter

Networking site's first comedy night...

A group of stand-ups are to perform at the first ‘virtual’ comedy club on Twitter.

Mark Watson, Pappy's Fun Club and Matt Kirshen are among the comedians who will distribute their jokes in a series of 140-character Tweets at a pre-arranged time.

Even Mitch Benn – who has used his regular slots on Radio 4’s Now Show to boost the number of fans who follow him on Twitter – will try to compress his musical act into the brief text updates allowed by the social-networking service.

Punters will even be allowed to heckle by sending their own Tweets to the comic on ‘stage’. Organiser Tiernan Douieb, who is also compering the virtual gig, says: ‘They might respond, they might not. Just like real heckling.’

The show will take place at 8pm on June 8, and all the acts will use the hashtag #twitcom to identify their material. To join the audience, simply follow that tag – or the Twitter streams of the acts, listed below.

The gig also has its own Twitter account @tweetcomedyclub

Each of the comedians will spend ten minutes Twittering their acts. The full line-up is:

  • Mark Watson - @watsoncomedian
  • Pappy's Fun Club - @PappysFunClub
  • Mitch Benn - @MitchBenn
  • Matt Kirshen - @mattkirshen
  • Rob Heeney - @robheeney
  • Carl Donnelly - @carldonnelly
  • Terry Saunders - @terrysaunders
  • Gary Delaney - @garydelaney
  • Tiernan Douieb - @TiernanDouieb

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Published: 9 May 2009

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