Stop everything you’re doing. That’s right, baby can eat another time and just go ahead and toss those “learning books” in the fire. I want your full attention because this week I got to interview one of the funniest people on Twitter. His name is Jon Sender but he writes jokes under the handle @senderblock23. His output is ridiculous but it is so consistently brilliant that I always scroll back to read a joke if I see his avi go past. Enough of my blabbering, let’s get to the goods.
LET’S GET TO KNOW: JON SENDER (@senderblock23)
HEY DON'T BE SCARED OF US EVEN THOUGH OUR MOUTHS ARE KNIVES. – birds
— jon (@senderblock23) December 24, 2012
What’s your name and where do you currently reside?
Oh hey, my name is Jon Sender and I live in Los Angeles.
How long have you been doing comedy?
If you consider being on twitter doing comedy then I’ve been doing comedy for almost three years. Although making people laugh has made me happy for as long as I can remember, which is three years.
What do you think of Twitter.COM?
Twitter can be a double edged sword but for the most part it’s great. I have met so many funny and good people but I’ve also met not funny and not good people. It’s a lot like real life in that sense. As long as it’s not taken too seriously, twitter is awesome.
Do humans REALLY need water?
I’m not a scientist. That being said, humans probably don’t need water as long as they eat enough candy and onion rings.
Who’s your favorite comedian right now?
If I was forced at gunpoint to pick ONE I’d pick Louie C.K. but there are so many who slay me it hurts to not give them credit.
What inspires you?
Many fellow tweeters inspire me. @robdelaney kills me on twitter and every time I see him do standup. Other wildly original tweeters who inspire me are @ambertozer, @eliterry, @batsly, @iheartsoups, @bridger_w, @ieatanddrink, @frenchielaboozi, @weismanjake and @juliadavidovich, to only name a few. Other inspiration just comes from real feelings that happen to formulate in my feelings generator.
F/M/K FDR, Vanilla Ice, A can of grape CRUSH soda:
I’d marry FDR because my mom always told me to find a nice man in a wheelchair and settle down. I’d fornicate with the grape soda because unlike many PRUDES out there I don’t mind a mild case of sticky dick (can I say swears on your website?) and I would kill Vanilla Ice because he seems like kind of a butt.
What’s the weirdest @ reply you’ve ever gotten?
I’ve gotten a lot of very weird ones. I don’t pay them too much mind so I honestly don’t remember. Currently I’m being harassed by a very forward gay man from Toronto, so that’s fun.
What languages do you speak?
I dabble in Spanglish. I know very little Spanish and I used to know some Hebrew but it all went out of my brain window once I stopped practicing. I also speak the language of love.
You have a $25 gift card to Home Depot, what do you get?
All the glue I can sniff in their bathroom.
What’s the worst part about comedy?
Viewing it as a competition. The mindset of ‘I need to get more laughs than that person’, or on twitter it can manifest itself as ‘why does that person have more followers than me’ etc. In that light it can turn into a numbers game that is pointless and frustrating. It’s definitely a trap.
If you could be Mayor of any town, would you run for Governor if offered the position?
As long as I can maintain my addictions to hookers and blow I would climb the political ladder as high as I could. Once I become president I will legalize hookers and blow.
What’s the best part about comedy?
Making people laugh feels good. It’s a natural high that supplements my cocaine addiction. Also, I’ve been fortunate to be followed on twitter by very funny people. Getting the approval of those I respect is a wonderful feeling.
You’re President. What three laws would you immediately pass?
I joked about this earlier but I would legalize prostitution so it could be regulated and taxed to high heaven. I would then legalize gay marriage because everyone should have the right to get married and struggle with someone who they’re legally binded to by suffocating duct tape. Finally, I would put toupees on every American bald eagle. They’ve suffered enough.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Lately I just keep cranking out tweets even when I don’t feel very funny. Sometimes they still hit, other times they’re forced and it’s obvious. I feel like our sense of humor is a muscle and we should always be working it out.
What are the five topics you tweet about the most?
I tweet a lot about what is real in my life. Financial struggles, annoying roommates, my family or anything I might be feeling. But I also will tweet just about any absurd thought that pops into my head. For some reason it tickles me to pretend to be gay. I also like tweeting about my fictitious youth pastor because I’m jewish and 31 and would never have a youth pastor.
Have you ever REALLY Tokyo Drifted, Jon?
Bro, I’ve been Tokyo Drifting since you were a gleam in your daddy’s eye. That being said, I’m not 100% sure what Tokyo Drifting is. But I like the way it sounds.
How often do you tweet?
For the last few months it’s been pretty over the top. I probably average 30 tweets per day. I’m pleasantly surprised that many people are sticking with me during this torrential output. I attribute it to not having a job or being in school.
Have you painted anything recently?
Besides painting pictures with words, I’ve never painted. Also that’s not really painting it’s writing. Wait, what was the question?
What do you wish more people would joke about?
People can joke about what ever they want and if it makes them happy then that’s good. The only types of jokes that bother me are hateful ones. Racism, sexism, anti-semitism, etc. I will sometimes dabble in this dark water but I always try to go over the top to make sure people know it’s a joke.
Name three planets, your favorite kind of candy, and a type of Oprah:
Venus, Uranus and Myanus. 900 Twix bars. Bizarro Oprah (she has a goatee and is very poor)
What would stop you from doing comedy?
I don’t know if I consider myself as someone who does comedy since I don’t get paid, but ima tweet til the day that I die *attempt to form intricate gang sign with my hands*
Do you any advice for people, just in general?
Be yourself and try to go outside at least once a week.
[Disclaimer: Jon Sender is not addicted to cocaine. He can quit whenever he wants.]
Sorry I ate that corndog so slowly at your niece's piano recital.
— jon (@senderblock23) April 16, 2013