Twitter can be heaven or hell for comedians. Take Gilbert Gottfried: the acerbic funnyman lost his lucrative Aflac voiceover gig after tweeting a shaky joke about the 2011 earthquake disaster in Japan. (Aflac does 75% of its business in Japan.) But there are rising sun stories too. Chances are squeaky clean comedian Bridger Winegar will never have to say gomennasai. He’s flying high online. To his 30,000 followers on Twitter, he delivers one liners that Steven Wright might envy: “If you’re behind someone at an ATM at night, let them know you’re not a threat by gently kissing their neck.” Or George Carlin-style: “When a cashier thanks you for your purchase, unsettle them by looking deep in their eyes and softly saying, “Anything for a friend.” Or Jack Handey: “Occasionally I like to stroll into a bank, pull a gun, shout “Everybody be cool!” and then hand out sunglasses and leather jackets.”
You might recognize Winegar as the skinny little red-headed intern-turned-production assistant who appears on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Or you might not.