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How to Become a Social Media Star: The Comedy Nerds

These writers turned hilarious Twitter feeds into actual comedy careers

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It all started in 2009, when Twitter was a morass of sloppy, mundane missives, and the Edmonton stay-at-home mom Kelly Oxford sharpened her tweets into spiky, choke-on-your-coffee comedic truth bombs, usually targeted at her husband and kids. Her dirtbag-mom persona earned her a book deal and a screenwriting contract (Seth Rogen is co-producing her first movie).

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Kelly Oxford, Twitter: @kellyoxford, 623K Followers

It all started in 2009, wheHer dirtbag-mom persona earned her a book deal and a screenwriting contract (Seth Rogen is co-producing her first movie). She also showed other young comedians what they could do with 140 characters: Los Angeles writer Megan Amram was hired to work on Parks and Recreation after showrunner Mike Schur stumbled on her faux-psychotic Twitter persona; and Hawaiian comedian Sarah Beattie’s self-deprecating one-liners got her a
job writing for SNL. The best part? Funny and feminism often go tweet-in-tweet for the most entertaining clique commingling since Freaks and Geeks (read about Monica Heisey and Aziz Ansari in The Twitter Feminists).

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Sarah Beattie, Twitter: @nachosarah, 122K Followers

TIP: “I haven’t posted anything too embarrassing, but I use a service called TweetEraser that deletes my tweets after six months.” —Monica Heisey

Meet More Social Media Stars:
The Twitter Feminists
The Food Porn Stars
The Front-Row Posse
The Thirst Trappers
The Jocks
The Wellness Gurus
The Pets
The Overachievers
The Beauty Queens
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Click through the gallery for a selection of The Comedy Nerds’ best tweets