Each Friday, we pick one Aristocrat we think you should follow. (Even though you should follow all of them.) Meet Steven Amiri.
What was your first exposure to Twitter?
I was shopping for laptops at Best Buy and some dipshit left his Twitter account open. My name isn’t really Steven Amiri, it’s Ken Bethany. I just changed the password and locked that asshole out. I don’t feel that bad about it. The guy had 11 followers and tweeted about Anime.
When did you really get into using the site?
When I realized that I could take advantage of it. Sometimes Twitter would leave her purse on the counter and I might take twenty bucks and then ask her for cab fare. Sometimes Twitter would give me her debit card to make a food run and I would buy cigarettes with it, in addition to the food she had already requested. Twitter a stupid ho. She fine tho.
What has been your proudest Twitter moment?
A joke I did made it into the “Last Laughs” section of InTouch Magazine, a prominent news source for millions. I got wedged in-between Jimmy Kimmel and Joel McHale. I probably wouldn’t have had a clue had my friend Jay not pointed it out to me. So thank you, Jay.
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever tweeted?
Nothing. Everything I tweet has had months of planning and thought behind it. Even topical stuff. I am a psychic. Oooh…that’s good. I’m gonna tweet that right now.
What advice would you give to aspiring comedians or comedy writers?
Have fun. Recognize what makes you laugh and start there. If you start from that place, you’ll be on the right path. Make it personal to you. Everybody is different has had different experiences that speak to them so just because something doesn’t land with one crowd doesn’t mean it won’t land with another. Always write. Even if it’s just funny words. Yesterday, I wrote down “Batsuit. Craigslist. Crocheted. Dog.” So I’ll probably do something with that one day. Read books. Put yourself in situations outside of your comfort zone. You’ll always bring something funny back with you. I guarantee it.
If none of that works, start a parody account because nothing is funnier than a stolen/fugly joke with a Will Ferrell’s face attached to it. Nothing.
Steven Amiri is a writer and a comedian. He has written for National Lampoon, been featured on Comedy Central’s Indecision page, Someecards and other places he hasn’t found on Bing yet.
Follow Steven on Twitter, and check him out on WitStream.
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