Dan Duvall was a relative unknown until he hit Twitter… and started using those 140 characters in the smartest and silliest way possible. The result? A documentary on his journey from cashier to comedian. Funny Tweets, out now from Virgil Films, features interviews with others- like Andy Richter – who have realised the importance of a powerful twitter joke.
Was there ever a moment when you and Laurie considered taking the script to one of the big studios to make a narrative feature from it? Your story sure is interesting!
Thank you! No, this was always something we thought we should do on our own. The nature of what we’re talking about is kind of the “nobody from nowhere”, as Matt Selman so graciously put it, bridging the gap using social media so we wanted to do it ourselves.
Who would play you in such a movie…?
Channing Tatum, obviously. no… I don’t know I never really thought about it. I guess if I have to pick right now, I’m going with Rory Scovel. He’s my favourite comedian and I think he seems kind of laid back and easy going like I am.
What are the benefits of doing it this way –as an independent doc?
Control. We don’t have anyone to tell us how we can or can’t do things and everything that’s happened feels a little extra rewarding because of that I think.
How long ago did you shoot the film?
2 years ago over several trips to LA.
Easy to get those famous faces involved?
Yes actually! Everyone in the film was so eager to help. Everyone was accommodating,friendly and enthusiastic. I suppose I’m lucky to even be in a position to ask,but yes it was all very smooth interacting with everyone.
Can you talk about Andy Richter and what his encouragement and involvement has done for not only the film but your career?
Andy and I don’t really have a relationship other than I ask him for Conan tickets sometimes and he says yes. haha. I think that’s what makes him such a great guy. He doesn’t even know me farther than my tweets and a handshake and he’s been so willing to help. He really is a special person. I guess going forward we’ll see what the film does for my comedy career. ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
Where do you hope to be in the next few years?
I hope to be headlining comedy clubs across North America and producing more films! I’ve got several scripts I’m shopping as well so WHO KNOWS. Honestly, I have a real appreciation for life these days and I’m pretty content here on my little island in Canada. Cheers!
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