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John Mayer: Who says he can't be funny (on Twitter, at least)?



All singers want to act. All actors want to sing. All reality TV stars want to design handbags.

Nine times out of 10, none of these people are qualified to do any of these things.

So the world surely snickered a few years back when John Mayer decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy.

“Everyone begs me not to do stand-up,” Mayer told Rolling Stone in 2006. “Everyone connected to my well-being and on my payroll says stand-up is terrible. When I say, 'I’m doing stand-up tonight,’ they hear, 'I’m going to start heroin.’ ”

While his stand-up sets have been hit and miss, Mayer, who performs Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum (music, not humor -- click here for tickets) is a genuinely talented comic writer, as longtime readers of his blog can attest. And in the past year, he’s found a medium that perfectly suits his quick wit and desire for an audience: Twitter.

With 3 million followers, @johncmayer is the sixth most popular tweeter, right between Oprah (No. 5) and, um, Twitter itself (No. 7). So if you’re trying to decide whether John Mayer is actually funny, Twitter is a good place to start. Here are some of his best recent tweets.

“More people would watch the State of the Union Address if President Obama introduced a new gadget at the end. Just saying.” 6:34 PM Jan 27th

“If I were on 24, I’d make sure to be in the bathroom during the last 5 minutes of every hour. Good things do NOT happen then.” 4:57 PM Jan 21st

“I don’t know why Jason Bourne never thought to torture himself into telling himself everything. ... 'Listen up, because I’m only going to ask myself this once. Who sent me?’” 12:45 PM Jan 15th

“Sure, it’s called 'My Entire Catalog.’” 11:32 PM Dec 27th, in response to a fan tweeting, “Could you write a song about how much it hurts to live at times?”

“I wish I lived in an '80s movie. Then I could talk about my love life while playing racquetball with a friend.” 4:15 PM Sep 4th

For more on Mayer's comedy (on and off Twitter), click here.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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