Baseline Requirements For Calling Yourself A 'Comedian' On Social Media
Being a comedian is a lot like being a writer: any jackass can just decide he is one. These types routinely list "comedian" in the non-enthusiast/junkie portion of their social media bios but seldom back it up with humorous observations or jokes, let alone working in comedy. Here's a brief refresher of what it takes to *earn* it.
- •You have a personal blog
- •You "love making snarky comments"
- •You really, really WANT to be a comedianYour parents were right: you can do anything!
- •You're rich(That's a sizable aspect of what your parents meant)
- •You considered doing an open mic night onceYou ended up not going but you'll be ready someday.
- •You have between 200 and 800 followers on Twitter
- •You've read your tweets out loud to people
- •You've used really good reaction gifs in various comment sections of the InternetYou literally can't (ever!)
- •You have at least 2 friends who constantly say how hilarious (or hilar) you areThey can be real friends or people who agree with you in comments sections about non-comedic things.
- •You tweet at (professional) comedians when you don't like their jokesBack to the drawing board, Jeselnik!
- •You've contributed to HuffPo(At least twice, though—literally anyone can contribute once)
- •You've contributed to BuzzfeedYou can actually just be in or around Buzzfeed. You could be an unpaid intern for a few anonymous weeks at Buzzfeed and that basically makes you Mitch Hedburg
- •You need a constructive way to re-frame the long days of (comfortable) unemployment and hours on the InternetWay less bleak!
- •You and your friends made some vaguely satirical semi-autobiographic videos once and talked about turning them into a web series
- •You're thinking of starting a podcast
- •You're not funny