I’ve got the very funny @SuperRandomish in the Beyond the Bio HoT seat today. If you’re not already following him, you need to check him out. Very funny and a really nice guy.
[Morgan Freeman narrating my life]
*extended period of silence*
"What the hell am I supposed to do with this…"
— Super Randomish (@SuperRandomish) March 7, 2016
Things to know about @SuperRandomish
Name: Many of my first early followers probably know me as Tony Anchovy. It was a name I made up to be anonymous. As more of my personality came into the account and I developed real friendships I decided to come clean and go by my real name. So for those unaware my name is Dustin. Although, I’ll answer to just about anything, Dustony is a common nickname now.
Living in: I live in the Tampa Bay area in hot and humid Florida.
Number of followers: Currently at 4,652, way more than I deserve in my opinion.
When did you start tweeting? Well…my original Twitter account which I still have, was one of the first 5% of Twitter accounts. I was an early adopter. I mainly used that for keeping up with sports though. I started @SuperRandomish just over a year ago for a fresh start away from family and coworkers.
What year did you graduate high school? Class of 1997
Cupcakes are amazing, because holding a full size cake up to your face isn't socially acceptable for some reason.
— Super Randomish (@SuperRandomish) April 2, 2015
On to the Interview!
What do you do when you’re not on Twitter?
I work at a home improvement store. I alternate between loving it and hating it. Most days I enjoy it though, there’s a high degree of problem solving so that keeps it interesting. As far as hobbies I’m all over the place. Photography is probably the thing I’ve stuck to the longest. I’m not sure if BBQ counts as a hobby but I enjoy smoking meat and grilling.
BBQ totally counts! Ladies love a man who can cook. You’re single, right?
Single, no kids. I’m a pretty kick ass uncle though. I hope to be in a relationship and have kids at some point. I really want to be a father one day, I like to think I’d be good at it.
Why did you join Twitter?
Honestly? @Jake_Vig. You can all blame this on him. I followed him on my old account and I DMed him to tell him how great his tweets were. I said a few things and he was like, that’s pretty funny. The next day I started this account. Jake was my first follow and my first follower.
That’s so cool, I love @Jake_Vig. I’m glad you joined. Now why do you tweet? What do you get out of it?
Great question. I think the simplest answer is that I like to make people happy. If I can write something that makes someone smile or laugh, that’s really all I need. I have that ability, so why not use it to bring people enjoyment? It’s easy to get caught up in how many retweets or favorites a tweet gets, but as long as one other person enjoys it, I’d call that a success.
I love, love, love that answer.
Okay, what is your process for composing a tweet? Do you write tweets off the cuff or do you draft them first?
They are almost always off the cuff. I am envious sometimes of people that have a process. I’ve tried, it just doesn’t work. It’s like in the cartoons when a lightbulb goes off. It’s just there. I’ll put things in my drafts that I want to work on later. If I’m at work and think of a tweet I’ll save the basic concept to drafts so I don’t forget it, but generally the more I look at it the more I hate it.
Autocorrect changed "baby rattle" to "baby battle" and now I'm googling where to buy tiny weapons.
— Super Randomish (@SuperRandomish) January 23, 2016
Have you met anyone in person that you knew only from Twitter?
Not yet, there’re a few people who are fairly local to me that I’d like to get together with soon. If anyone who is not a murderer would like to hang out, let me know.
Haha! Okay, besides @JustinGuarini, have you interacted with any celebrities on Twitter?
Not really. I’m not really into the celebrity culture. I was drawn to Justin less because of his fame and more because of his tweets and the fact that he is one of the most selfless and giving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know.
I’d say the same. He is such a kind person. If I could go back and vote for him on American Idol, I totally would, multiple times.
Do you ever get haters?
I don’t really get haters. I’m not really controversial. I’m like if vanilla ice cream could tweet. I find the best way to deal with people like that is to kill them with kindness. Those kinds of people are generally looking to get a rise out of you. I don’t have any time for negative people. Just be kind!
I love the vanilla ice cream analogy. That’s pretty much me too. So how did you share your humor before Twitter? Have people always thought you were funny?
I used to be very active on Facebook and for a brief period ran a humor website with a friend of mine. Growing up I was painfully shy. Making people laugh was kind of my way to break through that. Everyone likes someone that can make them laugh. I actually think I’m very funny offline, probably more so than on Twitter. I’m quick-witted and very good at reactionary humor. I’m not sure it that’s an actual thing, but it’s what I’m calling it. Lol
I wish I were quick-witted. I’m really slow – like thick. Which is why I love Twitter – thinking through and writing out my humor. On the few occasions that I’m quick, I’m typically extremely sarcastic and offend someone. Nice.
You used to have a humor website. What happened to it? Any chance you’ll start it up again?
It was originally done with a friend. It just didn’t work out. It was supposed to be a partnership and I ended up doing most of the work. I just didn’t have the time to keep it up like I wanted to. It was mainly commentary on funny things we found online. It was before I really got into Twitter. I’ve toyed with the idea of resurrecting it. I still have the domain and Twitter handle so maybe one day it will be back in one form or another.
You do quite a few conversational tweets. I think that’s how I first came across you. I was like, Wow, somebody’s talking on Twitter. Have you made what you would consider real friends on Twitter?
I know there are many people who don’t like @s and as I’ve said, everyone does Twitter their own way. I love talking to people. Replies are some of the funniest things I’ve said. As I said, someone @ing me and telling me they love a tweet or laughed out loud are some of the best compliments I get. I have without a doubt made some real friends. I am constantly checking in on people, letting people know I appreciate their tweets. To me that’s the special part of this place. The people behind the words, that’s why I’ve always enjoyed your interviews here.
Coworker: "How'd you get that cut above your eye?"
Me: *Remembering dropping my phone on my face* "STOP ASKING ME ABOUT FIGHT CLUB!"
— Super Randomish (@SuperRandomish) May 15, 2015
How has your tweeting changed over time, if it has at all?
It’s gotten worse for sure. Haha. It’s certainly gotten more difficult. Sometimes you lose focus and put so much pressure on yourself to be funny. I’m trying to just get back to basics and not worry about how many retweets or faves something gets. Just have fun with it, ya know?
Same here. The pressure is ridiculous. Ridiculous, but I put it on myself. Nobody’s sitting there analyzing my tweets…at least I hope not.
What made you decide to become Favstar Pro? Do you like it now that you’re Pro? (I’ve always thought about joining, but haven’t because I’m too cheap.)
When I first started I just kind of noticed that all the funniest accounts I followed were pro. I rarely give trophies outside of contests. Generally a tweet has to be something special for me to trophy it. It’s nice to be able to have access to your old tweets as well. That being said, after it expires this time I’m not sure if I’ll renew it.
What kind of contests are you referring to?
The Saturday Tweet Contest (@saturdaycontest). It was originally started by @goldenspirals and @thealexp. When I was a small account it really gave me some exposure. That’s the thing I enjoy about it. It’s a theme and it kind of forces me to be creative and focus. It’s a fun time. I like that it brings so many funny people together and gives exposure to new and small accounts. Everyone is equal. I happily donate a trophy as a prize.
What’s the oddest place you’ve tweeted from?
Probably on the top of an electric ladder at work, about 12 feet in the air. When a tweet pops up you have to tweet it. It’s a law.
I knew you would have a good tweet place!
About how often do you tweet jokes?
Whenever the inspiration strikes. Sometimes three times a day, sometimes once. I’ll generally tweet something every day though.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
This is very difficult. I’ve always loved The Princess Bride. It’s a brilliant mix of humor, action and a love story. I’ve probably seen it more than any other movie.
That’s my husband’s favorite movie too! That, and The Sound of Music. Now his secret is out.
Many of my tweets have typos. It's a writing style I use to accurately convey what a mess my life is.
— Super Randomish (@SuperRandomish) April 5, 2015
Who are some comedians (or comedy shows/sitcoms) that have influenced you?
I’ve never really been a huge fan of stand-up comedy. I like old Eddie Murphy and a few others. I grew up watching Saturday Night Live, Kids in the Hall. Those sketch comedy shows are really what helped develop my sense of humor. Not only helped me find out what I thought was funny but let me see what other people thought was funny too.
There’s been talk lately about Twitter dropping in popularity. Where do you see Twitter in three years?
I don’t think Twitter is going anywhere. They just recently purchased exclusive rights to streaming Thursday night NFL games. It’s a business, they need to make revenue and to do that they need to pull in new eyeballs. The biggest problem I see is that they aren’t taking care of their content creators. Creating a real plan to stop plagiarism and tweet theft is something I think needs to be addressed. Right now they are trying to make Twitter more accessible to everyone, make it easier for people to move over from Facebook, in doing that though they’re losing part of what made Twitter special.
Do you think they’ll be successful doing that – pulling people over from Facebook? Seems like a big chasm for people to jump.
I think they will. I don’t think the end game is to have people completely leave Facebook for Twitter. I think they’re trying to make it a familiar feeling for Facebook users. There’s certainly enough room for both. I look at Twitter as the news ticker of social media, it’s short bursts of information. Facebook is like your CNN, you get the full story, or at least someone’s interpretation of it. It just comes down to personal preference. I don’t have a problem with them expanding the format, I just worry it will lose it’s identity trying to be everything to everyone. Facebook is where you go to be friends with people you know. Twitter is where you go to be friends with people you don’t. Hopefully that makes sense!
Release the Kraken!!!
*A chicken with a crack pipe in it's beak stumbles out*
FFS…KRAKEN not CRACK HEN
— Super Randomish (@SuperRandomish) October 11, 2015
What advice do you have for someone who’s trying to get better at joke writing on Twitter?
I am certainly not qualified to be giving advice on being better at writing jokes. I need to be on the receiving end of the advice. If I had to say something it would be to just find your voice, don’t try to force things. If something is forced you can generally feel it.
Tell us something about yourself people on Twitter may not know.
I don’t know, I’m pretty much an open book. I’m a pretty good cook. Nothing fancy, just good-eating diner food. Breakfast is my specialty.
What’s your favorite breakfast meal to cook?
My father bought a restaurant when I was 9. It was mainly a breakfast and lunch place. I started working at age nine. Prepping, cleaning and such. I worked there almost every weekend until I was 17. I make a mean breakfast. I can flip an egg without a spatula it’s a talent I suppose, haha. As for my favorite thing to make, I’d have say omelettes. The possibilities for creativity are endless. We used to make a grape jelly omelette, it sounds weird but it’s so, so good. That’s my favorite part of cooking. Just playing with different flavors and being creative. Hopefully one day I can open my own breakfast spot. Thats definitely my dream.
That’s so cool. I love diner food.
Is there anything else you’d like to say/share?
That I love and appreciate every single person that follows me and supports me. Even if you think my tweets suck (I’ll most likely agree with you), I appreciate you taking the time to read them.
Oh please, your tweets are awesome!
I'm a lot like a crumb cake.
Sweet but also a huge mess.
— Super Randomish (@SuperRandomish) November 7, 2015
Thanks for the great interview, Dustin!
In case you missed it, last time on Beyond the Bio: @LilBlackRncloud
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