Mindy Kaling once described Twitter as “the most amazing medium for a comedy writer.” And with the number of Twitter jokes I see on my feed on a daily basis, I’d say she’s right. Twitter is a constant source of humor, updating as quickly as celebs can type out their everyday thoughts.
Jokes on Twitter may seem difficult, as every idea has to be tied up into a short 140-character package, but that usually doesn’t stop the funny celebs from doing what they do best. Most writers from iconic comedy shows can be found on Twitter, with stars from the SNL cast and my personal favorite show The Mindy Project visiting the app on a daily basis (can you tell I’m a fan of Mindy Kaling?).
And it’s not just comedians that dish out the funniest stuff. There are a number of famous celebs who give us a lens into their lives by sending out that 140-character message every once in a while. So, in order for you to get the most of these amazing tweets, we’ve compiled a list of the funniest celebs on Twitter. Because reading a funny tweet is kind of like a celeb sending a personal hilarious message just for you (and well, for the rest of the world, of course).
1. Mae Whitman, @maebirdwing
Star of NBC’s Parenthood and famed character Anne/Egg on Arrested Development (her?), Whitman shows her true funny side with her daily dose of Twitter hilarity.
2. Mindy Kaling, @mindykaling
You knew this one was coming. Mindy Kaling is, simply put, the coolest.
3. Maude Apatow, @maudeapatow
If you haven’t followed this girl on any form of social media, now is the time. Daughter of the awesome Judd Apatow and the equally awesome Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow is a young actress whose tweets are just as funny as her family keeps proving to be.
4. Billy Eichner, @billyeichner
Watching Billy Eichner in Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street is hilarious enough, but his tweets are not to be ignored. Special shout-out to his Golden Globes live-tweeting rampage.
5. Anna Kendrick, @AnnaKendrick47
Her observations always seem to be equally true and hilarious.
6. Zach Braff, @zachbraff
This guy is one of the best on Twitter. Enough said.
7. Ellen DeGeneres, @TheEllenShow
Ellen’s thoughts straight to your phone. What more could you ask for? Added bonus: #ClassicJokeWednesday every week.
8. Chris Pratt, @prattprattpratt
Pratt takes to Twitter and stays true to his funny-guy nature that we love on Parks and Recreation.
9. B.J. Novak, @bjnovak
His jokes are some of the best on Twitter. His exchanges with Mindy Kaling on Twitter are also not to be missed.
10. Rainn Wilson, @rainnwilson
Another Office alum, Rainn Wilson is definitely someone to follow if you want to laugh and simultaneously be reminded that a character as awesome as Dwight Shrute was once created.
11. Dean Norris, @deanjnorris
Dean Norris is a celebrity you should definitely follow. I mean, the guy plays Uncle Hank on Breaking Bad.
12. Conan O’Brien, @ConanOBrien
One of the funniest talk show hosts and one of the funniest guys on Twitter.
13. Retta, @unfoRETTAble
The hilariousness of Donna on Parks and Rec seems to carry over to Retta on her real-life Twitter page. Though she doesn’t tweet those infamous hashtags of #bossbitch and #bitchboss like her character Donna does, Retta tweets some awesome material, especially when she’s watching a show.
14. Aziz Ansari, @azizansari
Whether it’s retweeting his cousin Harris (I recommend listening to his stand-up about him), or sharing his product ideas, Aziz’s jokes are as funny as his character Tom Haverford’s thought that Entertainment 720 would work out.
15. Stephen Colbert, @StephenAtHome
Follow. Especially during political scandals. So basically just follow.
16. Laura Benanti, @LauraBenanti
Recently in NBC’s live show of The Sound of Music, Benanti is an actress in both TV and film, and on Broadway. A friend recently told me to look at her Twitter, and after looking at just a few of her tweets, I’m thinking she should maybe start considering going into comedy.
17. Kumail Nanjiani, @kumailn
This guy is one of the funniest comedians on Twitter. You may know him from his role in TNT’s Franklin & Bash or from one of his cameos as a phone store clerk on Portlandia (“It’s just a one time fee that you pay annually”).
[Lead image via Twitter]