Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Make you a celebrity overnight... (c) Twista

So, Justin Halpern was just like any of you other twitter addicts out there... Tweeting random nonsense about his life and so on...Well...except for the fact that joining twitter got him a book deal AND a tv show...

Not familiar with Mr. Halpern... We'll let wikipedia catch you up...
"Shit My Dad Says" is a Twitter feed started by Justin Halpern, a semi-employed comedy writer. It consists of quotes made by Halpern's father, Sam, regarding random subjects. Halpern started the account on August 3, 2009, soon after moving from Los Angeles back to his parents' house in San Diego. In less than a month, the page was featured on The Daily Show, a popular San Francisco blog called Laughing Squid and by Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Kristen Bell. As of 13 June 2010, the feed has over 1,406,000 followers.

In September 2009, Halpern found an agent and started sifting through book deals.[3] He signed an agreement with Harper Collins in October 2009. The book based on the feed, Sh*t My Dad Says, was released on May 4, 2010. During its first week, the book reached #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover nonfiction.

In November 2009, CBS announced that they were developing a television sitcom based on the twitter feed, which would star William Shatner. The series, officially titled $#*! My Dad Says, was green-lit by CBS in May 2010 and will air on CBS during the 2010-11 season.

Check him out!!