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Ten celebrity Twitterers who don’t quite grasp the medium

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Twitter is a magical land where the touch of an icon on your iPhone can reveal pictures of Tom Hanks checking out a new filming location or what Lindsay Lohan ate for breakfast. Celebrities are just like everyone else in the world, learning how social media works and how to make it work for them.

Over the last few years, however, not everyone has found success. Some famous faces have struggled to figure out what Twitter actually is. A few have abandoned their accounts entirely, and at least one has even lost a job because of it. On a scale of 10 down to an automated telephone answering machine, here is a list of celebrities whose accounts could use a little work.


gilbertgottfried.jpg10. Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert)
Gilbert Gottfried is one of the most prolific comedians on Twitter, and if you’re one of his followers you probably don’t have a problem with his sense of humor — after all, you decided to follow the guy who once killed a room with a 9/11 joke and recovered by transitioning into an Aristocrats joke.

Gottfried ran into a problem, however, when he tweeted in jest about the Japanese tsunami and wound up losing his gig as the voice of the Aflac duck. Your boss cares what you post publicly on your social media accounts, and in this case, so did his.


piercebrosnan.jpg9. Pierce Brosnan (@piercebrosnan)
Granted, this account is not capital-V Verified, so we can’t be 100-percent sure that Pierce Brosnan was behind these two lonely posts from 2009 and 2010 that managed to make it out into the Twittersphere.

Twitter isn’t for everyone, so we don’t hold anything against him if he had more important things to do. Still, he promised to let us known how the Paul McCartney concert went two years ago and has yet to follow up with a review. Alas, we may never know.


sidneypoitier.jpg8. Sidney Poitier (@sidneypoitier)
Sidney Poitier is an Oscar-winning legend, so he can do whatever he wants, whether that involves Twitter or not. Nevertheless, like Brosnan, his account is neither Verified nor well maintained.

Assuming Poitier actually did start the account in 2009, though, the one post he did write is pretty hilarious. In it, he announces that he is on Twitter and tried to put that into perspective. Apparently he’s still there!


lilwayne.jpg7. Lil Wayne (@liltunechi)
Weezy never worries about wasting his limited Twitter characters on words when they can be better allotted for exclamation points. A seven-exclamation-point party, for instance, is presumably a more positive experience than a mere five-exclamation-point party.

You can’t knock the guy for his enthusiasm. We just hope that Stevie Wonder didn’t feel slighted for getting fewer punctuation marks than Jamal Crawford.


britneyspears.jpg6. Britney Spears (@britneyspears)
For starters, whoever wrote Brtiney Spears’ profile on Twitter needs to learn about comma and capitalization standards. Instead of quoting the introduction to her song “Gimme More,” where the star announces, “It’s Britney, bitch,” her profile seems to introduce Spears’ alter-ego “Britney Bitch.”

Spears doesn’t come off as bitchy at all on her account, though. In fact, it’s pretty much just a litany of “Thx” messages, sugar-coated love and promotional linking. And you know what? Generic, mass-produced positivity isn’t the worst thing in the world. So we’ll keep her back here in the bottom five.


williamshatner.jpg5. William Shatner (@williamshatner)
Have you ever had to explain to a parent or grandparent that it’s not always necessary to include a greeting or closing with the text messages they send from their cellphone. The former captain of the USS Enterprise is the Twitter incarnation of that situation.

While, his customary ending, “My best, Bill,” does add a wholesome, grandfatherly naïveté to the end of almost every one of his personal tweets, it also handicaps him with only 126 characters left (instead of the customary 140) for relaying his profound insights.


kelseygrammer.jpg4. Kelsey Grammer (@Kelsey_Grammer)
To his credit, Kelsey Grammer gave Twitter a much more spirited try than Brosnan appeared to. His unique follower engagement strategy, however, involved directing people to his very own Kelsey Grammer-branded network on KelseyLive.com.

The site doesn’t seem to be in operation any longer. Before Grammer went Twitter silent at the end of 2010, though, his trademark post was a response to fans asking him to follow them. Apparently, in order to earn Grammer’s follow, tweeters needed to follow his “tech guy” and then join a group on Kelsey Live.

Why can’t the Internet always be this simple?


tylerperry.jpg3. Tyler Perry (@tylerperry)
Sometimes when you follow a Verified celebrity Twitter feed, you get a charming, conversational voice on the other end that shares wacky YouTube links with you and lets little details slip about a project that they’re currently working on.

Then, there are accounts like the one belonging to Madea franchise founder Tyler Perry. It’s pretty much just an endless string of form posts directing you to go to his website and subscribe to his email newsletter–and we all know that email newsletters are the future of audience engagement.


faithhill.jpg2. Faith Hill (@faithhill)
If you’re already following Faith Hill on Facebook, you shouldn’t have much need for a Twitter feed full of cut-off auto-reposted headlines and Facebook links. Sometimes following a marketing representative with Verified power to represent someone you like is almost as good as actually receiving communication from them, but you won’t find a lot of excitement or passion in these half-sentences and repeated calls to enter contests and buy things on iTunes.


tomcruise.jpg1. Tom Cruise (@TomCruise)
Tom Cruise’s account is at least up front about the fact that even though it’s Verified, you’re not actually following Cruise himself–you’re following the official “TomCruise.com team.” It’s basically like following Steve Jobs and instead receiving tweets from Apple Store retail team members.

However, if you need to find a Twitter account that lets you know when anniversary Blu-ray editions of Cruise films become available, this is truly the account that you’ve been looking for.


Which celebrity Twitter accounts have left you unfulfilled? Let us know below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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