So you’re a comedian. You write jokes for a living, or some fraction of a living, or, anyway, you write jokes. Some people make bread; some make the tiny mechanical parts of a refrigerator; every so often, someone makes a building disappear in a one-night-only television spectacular. As for you, you do bits. Which is great! There’s nothing like a good bit, except maybe a good loaf of bread. Here at Paste Comedy we love bits, care about bits, want the best in the world for bits.
Friends, welcome to the tweets. I chose them especially for you. When this post goes live I will be on a plane flying high above these United States. Specifically I will be in seat 17D, which isn’t the seat I wanted but it’s the seat I got. In all likelihood I will be snoozing into my travel pillow, but maybe I’ll be wide awake reading a book. The website says they’ll be serving breakfast, so we all have that to look forward too. Some nice little airplane yogurt with a handsome little airplane spoon.
Tonight Comedy Central airs The Fake News with Ted Nelms, which I pray will finally satisfy the ransom demands of whatever eccentric villain is dictating the network’s programming. It’s an hourlong news satire, not to be confused with Comedy Central’s slate of half-hour news satires, featuring Ed Helms as (roughly) himself and a cast of correspondents who all seem to be getting paid in drink tickets. Imagine Weekend Update, but about five times longer and somehow also five times dumber.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".