Twitter me this 

What can you do with 140 characters?

The
common knock on Twitter is that the microblogging site is a wasteland
of people describing their lunches, shamelessly self-promoting their
businesses or begging for more people to follow them on Twitter.

But
comedian Blaine Bacon saw something else: regular, everyday people
dropping one-liners that deserved to be heard. So he set up a show.

“Ben
Stiller did a show like this in L.A. to raise money for charity after
the earthquake in Haiti,” he said. “I saw that and thought it would be a
fun thing to do here in OKC.”

After
collaborating with fellow performers Zane LaRue and Ryan Drake to find
the funniest tweeters in town, he invited them to come to the show and
perform their favorite tweet. The diversity of the list has made setting
up the show, “OKC Twitter ...Live,” fun and interesting.

“You don’t have to be a comedian to tweet funny things,” Bacon said.

Be they administrative
assistants, stay-at-home moms or lawyers, when inspiration strikes,
Oklahoma City residents can create some hilarious tweets.

Drake said Twitter has completely changed the way he performs comedy.

“I
grew up loving guys like Mitch Hedberg and Demetri Martin and Zack
Galifinakis — comedians who really embraced the one-liner,” he said.

Using
his @Rayke account, Drake builds on his act constantly, workshopping
new jokes and testing them on his 5,000-plus followers. The ones that
get the most response go in his act to see if they can survive onstage.

Drake
and local comedians Zach Smith and Spencer Hicks will perform longer
sets with selected Twitter users coming to the stage in between.

“All
the people I’ve asked to read a tweet have been really excited about
the idea,” Bacon said. “Once I explained to them to go through and pick
the one tweet that they think is their funniest, that’s when people
realized how fun this show will be.”

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