(Editor’s Note: This is the second of three posts where NonDoc staff answer the question, “For someone new to either Oklahoma City or Twitter, who would you suggest as good ‘follows’ on the social media site?” Read Andrew Rice’s suggestions here.)
What do I personally look for in an OKC Twitter follow?
Well, hell if I know. Someone whom I KNOW, I guess. As a Journalist who only follows 213 people anyway, I feel ill-equipped for recommendations on this strange 140-character medium. Sometimes I find it highly limiting. Other times I find it perfectly suited for cynical pronouncements.
As a result, I choose tweeters who use Twitter for what I consider its best function — humor. They use it well, they’ll give you hell, and they’ll push social boundaries.
A professional joke teller
Real name: Spencer Hicks
Who?: Spencer is a gubernatorial body-man-turned-standup comedian, among other things. Frankly, if you are new to OKC, you might just plan a night out for Spencer’s standup. Until then, you can get yourself a taste on Twitter.
Why?: We live in the same ZIP code, and I can testify that Spencer keeps a nice lawn. If that’s not reason enough to follow someone, then I don’t know why I’m following two Hank Hill accounts.
I just watched a documentary on marijuana. I think all documentaries should be watched this way.
— Spencer Hicks (@SpencerLenox) March 29, 2012
Arts and Crafts Tony Romo would have had a better game than the real Tony Romo.
— Spencer Hicks (@SpencerLenox) November 27, 2015
See, don’t smoke AIDS. pic.twitter.com/b5aeS7YCq3
— Spencer Hicks (@SpencerLenox) November 14, 2015
A professional beer drinker
Real name: Victoria Hubbard
Who?: Victoria and I have known each other for a long time, but observing her musings on Twitter will be forever how I define much of our friendship. That and as the person who helped coin the phrase, “Dating is pretty much just holding in farts.”
Why?: Don’t worry, there’s also a good public reason for you to follow Victoria on Twitter: She is the marketing and events person for Coop Ale Works, a leading beer brewery in OKC. So, unless you hate jokes AND beer, I suggest you give her a follow.
Just when you think you’re an adult, you wear a pair of men’s joggers and zero makeup to The Powerhouse on a Sunday.
— Victoria Hubbard (@hubahubahubbard) October 26, 2015
“Why are you being a bitch today?” “You mean standing up for myself professionally while simultaneously having boobs attached to my body?” — Victoria Hubbard (@hubahubahubbard) October 12, 2015
A sports yakker and celebrity detractor
Handle: @GRoughFace Followers: 1,850 Real name: Geoff Roughface Who?: Geoff is a producer and director for 107.7 The Franchise, and he authored a commentary on NonDoc in November titled, Sooners aren’t causing your ‘transgenerational trauma.’ Why?: If you like (usually) reasonable sports commentary, Geoff is your man. In addition, he is a proud OU alumnus, a member of the Ponca Nation and he wears shorts and sandals until it drops below 30 degrees. Sample tweet(s) Among other notable nonsense Geoff has done on Twitter, infuriating former-actor-turned-TV-pitchman William Shatner this summer took the cake:
— Geoff Roughface (@groughface) July 31, 2015
Classy, Shats. As mentioned, many of Roughface’s best tweets have to do with that little thing we call sports:
Wasn’t #LSU broke at the beginning of the year, almost unable to hold classes? And now donors want to pay $15 million to remove a coach?
— Geoff Roughface (@groughface) November 24, 2015
So there you have it: Three cynics who might make your Twitter experience slightly more enjoyable thanks to bawdy jokes, rancorous rants and fights with celebrities. I look forward to seeing who Twitter-newcomer Josh McBee chooses tomorrow.
(Correction: This post has been updated to refer to Spencer Hicks’ past employment more accurately.)