Tweet deceit: Kyle Kinane vs. Pace, Elan Gale vs. Diane in 7A

December 3, 2013
(Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

Don’t believe everything you read online. That goes double if someone funny is involved.

Over the weekend, the Internet was enamored by a pair of too-good-to-be-true Twitter tales: comedian Kyle Kinane’s, left, hilarious back-and-forth with a Pace-brand salsa account and “The Bachelor” producer Elan Gale’s note-passing war with a passenger on a delayed Thanksgiving Day flight.

Much like comedian Kyle Ayers’ engrossing live-tweet of a breakup on a Brooklyn roof last month, both stories went viral. Unlike that reality-TV-worthy drama, both were quickly outed as hoaxes.

Kinane — who thought the Pace account was a spambot when it favorited every tweet mentioning its product, began tweeting vulgar comments about Pace — was fooled by another comic, Randy Liedtke, who created the account as a prank. Gale admitted on Monday that he made up his story about “Diane in 7A.”

If you got sucked into either exchange, you probably feel deceived.

While pranks have long been a source of comedy, these hoaxes have me thinking that if a comedic person tweets something that seems too funny to be true, it probably is.

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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