I don’t spend a lot of time reading things on Twitter, but every once in a while I see these tweets from a user account named “God” that are generally absolutely hilarious and really smart. I’ve been so impressed that some guy out in the ozone can be that clever. I offhandedly mentioned loving them to my high-tech friend Ed Bott once, and he'd seen them, too, and loved them just as much about how how brilliant they are.
Last night, I discovered who does them. I was watching an episode of that Inside the Actors Studio show, because Jim Parsons (of The Big Bang Theory) was the guest, and he was talking about the Broadway comedy he’s currently starring in, An Act of God, that got rave reviews and is a big hit. The play is written by David Javerbaum, who wrote for The Daily Show and has won like 13 Emmys – and Parsons mentioned that he has a “Tweets from God” account. I realized that that must be the same guy! I checked out the Twitter page, and sure enough, it is. And it certainly explains why they are SO wonderful.
Here’s one he posted last Saturday --
And the week before – “Your prayer has a current wait time of 400 million years. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Or -- “I honestly cannot remember what I was thinking with spiders.”
Also -- I know I should stop appearing in Republicans' dreams and saying 'I command thee to run for President!' but dammit, it's so friggin' fun."
And – “When you do something horrible don't try to make up for it by ‘getting closer to God’. You're a creep and I don't want you anywhere near Me.”
Or this, in reply to an actual tweet left by Pope Francis that said, “Lord, grant us the awesome gift of meeting you.” To which God replied – “Sure, Frank. How does next Wednesday look?”
David Javerbaum worked at The Daily Show for 11 years, where he eventually became head writer and executive producer. And currently, he's a producer for Late Night with James Corden.
As he's noted, the Twitter account came first, the play after. "I'm happy to be the first person to convert a Twitter account into a Broadway play," he told the New York Times.
Here's are 4-1/2 minutes from that play, An Act of God.
It starts out as just short clips, but after that there are three long excerpts. They’re all terrific (as is Parsons), but I especially liked the one that begins at about the 1-minute mark.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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