On Oct. 6, the folks at National Lampoon will be performing a great service for the comedy community. They’ll be honoring the best comedic Twitterers of our time. The 1st Annual National Lampoon Twitter Awards is going down at the Melrose Improv in Los Angeles (some tickets available) that night; and comedian Eddie Pepitone – one of the most skilled Twitter artists ever – will play host to the event. And fear not, comedy peeps. You don’t have to live in LA to enjoy the night. There will be a badass online live stream that night.
The award selection process started in August when the NL peeps announced their concept. After two rounds of online voting in a great many categories – including Twitter King and Queen, Political Humorist, Most Inane and Most Offensive – the finalists were chosen.
“Our goal here is to honor the men and women of Twitter who fight every day to keep our country honest, stupid, and funny… because in any society, comedians are the truth-tellers, and we need truth-tellers now more than ever,” the folks at “The Poon” explained in August.
Between all the nominees, there are eight million Twitter followers! Not too shabby. For a full list of nominees, you should head on over here. But we can tell you know the likes of Rob Delaney, Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan and Patton Oswalt are on the list.
But more importantly, who’s going to be at big event next weekend? Well, we’re told exclusively that in addition to Pepitone, Rob Delaney, Eli Braden Jeffrey Ross and Kevin McCaffrey will be performing; more names will be announced.
But there’s also going to be a lot of nominees just hanging out waiting to give their “thank you” speeches. And we have a meaty list of those folks. But to up the fun and keep the Twitter them going, we’re going to name them by their Twitter handles.