As a comedian (or as I prefer to downgrade myself – unpaid intern at comedy A/K/A The King of All Unpaid Media) I am pretty liberal with my Facebook friend add policy. I rarely seek anyone out, but when added I usually say yes. However, I have a few tests to not approve of you. The first is if I check out your page and all it contains are comments from other people – either posting on your page or thanking you for the friend request. That means you are not real. The second is if you are an attractive woman I have never met and are located in a place I have never been and if all your friends are men. The third is if there are only symbols in your name. One of the good ways to get me to click approve is if we have mutual friends and none of them are comedians (then you rate very high on the authentic human scale). Another good way is if we have a lot of friends in common (meaning comedian) then have a picture doing something funny or have some statuses that indicate a human being is operating the account. And of course proceeding a friend request with a “I think you are awesome” direct message leads to 100% of friend request acceptances. However, these simple guidelines do not create a perfect Facebook experience. This is because some people seemingly come in peace in “comedian” trojan horses; they offer an outward appearance of humor – either offering or appreciating – but then end up bomarding you with their real agenda that consistently affects your wall in an adverse manner. Some might say I should block them from my newsfeed, but I say a) I will just unfriend – NO HALF MEASURES – IT IS BREAKING BAD WEEK; and b) it gives me the daily dose of hostility I need – like a multivitamin for my comedy. So here are some of the people who use false pretenses to sneak into the comedy world on Facebook:
The Comedian Who Is Too Quick to the Fan Page Invite – Dude, I don’t know you. You requested me as a friend and now you are inviting me to like your fan page? And now I am seriously believing that your “friend” request was really just a plot to put me in the fan zone – like telling a chick you want to date, when all you really want to do is hook up. I am not that kind of a Facebook user!
The Issue Person – Sure I have seen you at some mics or yes there are a couple of photos of you on stage somewhere, but deep down you just really used a keycard into the comedy community to gain an audience for your single issue focus, that had I known about before accepting a friend request I would have clicked ignore. If your posts are not 75% or more humorous (or at least attempts at humor) then you are lying to the Facebook community. #Feminsim #LoveReligion #HateReligion #Etc.
YouTube Person: The Guy/Girl Who Never Stops Posting Article, News Stories, Videos, Etc. – I have the Internet too. Please stop throwing it all on my news feed.
Comedian Who Goes From Comedy Posts to Perspective Posts – One of the great things to see is when a comedian makes a jump from obscurity to some level above obscurity and shifts to a mentorship role (much like Walter White – they always had the desire to pontificate, but now they have worked hard and have the perceived stature to do so) in their statuses that no ones asked them to take on. Just because a manager or agent bullied clubs to take you on, or risk losing bigger names on the agent’s client roster does not mean that you now possess pearls of wisdom or magical insights into success. Just stick to the funny. If I wanted that bullsh*t I would send friend requests to Tony Robbins and Joel Osteen. For the record – I have been doing this consistently as a failure so no one can accuse me of flipping the script and turning into a know-it-all when I make it big.
Flavor Flavs – Do, say, or post something funny if you are a comedian. Do not just be hypemen/women for other comedians. Or else change that name or place of employment from comedian to something else. And then send me a fan page request for Dan Jones – middle school teacher. That I would definitely click “like” on.
If you read this and see any ressemblance to yourself it is not a coincidence. It probably just means I still think well of you in real life, but real life is irrelevant to the more important life on Facebook.