The 15 things every comedian (and you, too) should know before you join the Twitter party

Even though Twitter has been around for long enough for everyone to figure it out, I feel like there are too many people who just don't get it. I know they don't get it because they say so, publicly. Or they show their lack of understanding by making themselves look foolish on Twitter. The folks at Mashable talked about the rise of comedy on Twitter earlier this week. But here's what you really need to know, and what to watch out for, if you're a comedian who's looking to take advantage of what Twitter has to offer. 1. First, Do know what you're getting yourself into: Twitter is a continuously ongoing massive conversation — it's a nonstop party in which you decide who you listen to, while at the same, you know that potentially everyone is listening to you. Don't mock what you don't understand. I'm surprised that comedians still mock Twitter as if it's just people telling us what sandwiches they're eating. Lewis Black puts Twitter down like this in his most recent special, Stark Raving Black. If you're at a party, and all you're talking about is the food somewhere else — not even the food at the party — then why are you at the party, and how long do you think anyone is going to want to listen to you? And if you're not at the...

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