Almost from the beginning of Twitter, comedians have been pushing the boundaries and creating a new form of comedy within the limits of 140 characters.
And this week, Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) is celebrating that comedy and those comedians, with the Comedy Central #ComedyFest, running from today through Friday. On Twitter, on ComedyCentral.com and on the air, you’ll be able to enjoy over 20 events featuring 67 comedians, including Q&As, roasts, and live-tweeting stand-up specials and favorite funny films.
Wait - make that 68 comedians. In the first event of #ComedyFest, the incomparable Mel Brooks will be joining Twitter today as @MelBrooks. He’ll be participating in a discussion with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner (@CarlReiner) -- the 2,000 year old men, if you will -- hosted by contemporary funnyman Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow). Everyone is invited to watch the conversation between these icons of comedy: the event will live-stream in @MelBrooks’ first tweet, as well as on cc.com, starting at 2pm PT. You can ask these legends questions of your own by tweeting with #ComedyFest... and if you’ve ever seen their routines, you’ll know that nothing is off-limits.
And that’s just the beginning! Make sure you don’t miss a single laugh by checking out the full schedule here -- and be sure to follow @ComedyCentral for updates and programming. To find and follow all the participants on Twitter, visit this page. Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find during the week-long #ComedyFest:
Key & Peele episode live-tweet
Monday (4/29) 8:00 p.m. ET
Tune-in to COMEDY CENTRAL and follow creators and stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as they live tweet an episode of their hit show "Key & Peele."
Featuring: Keegan-Michael Key @KeeganMKey, Jordan Peele @JordanPeele
Tweeting All Up Inside Amy Schumer
Tuesday (4/30) 10:30pm ET
During the premiere of the new COMEDY CENTRAL series, “Inside Amy Schumer”, Amy Schumer herself will be livetweeting--giving you the inside scoop, telling you things that went right and wrong during shooting, and more!
Featuring: Amy Schumer @amyschumer
The Comedy Directors of Comedy: A Panel
Wednesday (5/1) 12:30pm ET
This panel gathers some of the best comedy directors out there--Paul Feig, Lance Bangs, Neal Brennan, and more--and gets them to discuss the ins and outs of directing comedy successfully.
Featuring: Jordan Vogt-Roberts @vogtroberts, Lance Bangs @lancebangs, Rob Schrab @robschrab, Paul Feig @paulfeig, Neil Brennan @nealbrennan; moderated by Oren Brimer @orenbrimer
Reno 911! Movie! Reunion!
Wednesday (5/1) 2:45pm ET
Stars Tom Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver livetweet their opus, Reno 911!: Miami, with the help of Kumail Nanjiani. Watch the movie with them and get lots of behind-the-scenes stories.
Featuring: Tom Lennon @thomaslennon, Kerri Kenny-Silver @kerrikenney, Kumail Nanjiani @kumailn; moderated by Michael Ian Black @michaelianblack
#ComedyFest kicks off tomorrow with a Q&A with @melbrooks & @carlreiner hosted by @juddapatow.What Qs do YOU want As to?
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) April 28, 2013
Excited to be moderating the directors panel for #comedyfest on Wednesday.Check out the lineup @comedycentral: on.cc.com/11Eo6zv”
— Oren Brimer (@orenbrimer) April 28, 2013
@twittermovies#comedyfest 4 both Gr8s - did an actor ever really surprise you in a good way either in audition or while shooting? How so?This week marks the evolution of Twitter’s role as the great public square to now include a special corner for the smartasses, fools and funny people. BYOB.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 28, 2013
Posted by Fred Graver (@fredgraver)
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