Jessie Cave 

Simon Amstell’s Twitter travails take a fresh twist

Jessie Cave: The project to beef up the comedian's social media presence suffered a blow when he was unfollowed by his own co-writer
  
  

It's been a busy time for Simon Amstell. He has performed at a comedy festival in Australia, the second series of Grandma's House has just arrived on our TV screens, and Numb, his tour of the UK, is about to begin. I thought it might be a good time for Simon to get some feedback from his long-time co-writer Dan Swimer and his psychotherapist/author friend Philippa Perry.

Luckily, they both happened to be at one of his final warm-up gigs, and were happy to give a brief analysis of the performance.

I asked Dan if he had been following Simon's progress on Twitter, to which the response was not entirely positive. It turns out that he unfollowed him, by accident. I tried to get him to follow me there and then, and he assured me that he would, later.

Philippa is a natural tweeter: honest, entertaining, confiding, informative – all the things that I hoped Simon's Twitter timeline would turn out to be. Having said that, he is now up to 55 tweets. I didn't think he'd make it.

In the next instalment, Project Amstell begins to tie up its loose ends. I am hoping that some of my Simon-inspired artwork may feature.

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Jessie Cave will be at the Edinburgh Fringe this August with her show Bookworm