It was the war that wasn’tÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â (or was it?) – a series of jabs against Will Ferrell, unleashed by fellow SNL alum Colin Quinn on Twitter went viral. Before you know it, the Hollywood Reporter was reporting theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â swipes, and peopleÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â started wondering if maybe QuinnÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â was seriously jealous. Then Quinn went into strange stream of rants about his career.
Ferrell has been receiving accolades from members of the comedy communityÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â (many of them deliberately fond, but someÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â deliberately tongue-in-cheekÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â in a funny way)Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â since receiving the Mark Twain Prize for comedy. So it stands to reason that some comics might be misinterpreted as sincere when making smart-ass remarks. But while many comics made video tributes, Quinn’s statements on twitter must have been left to interpretation, because fans and even the media took notice in a not-so-positive way.
On Tuesday Quinn started his twitter stream of snark in a series of tweets:
Anybody see Will Ferrell at Mark Twain awards last night? Great for him I guess … No,I’m happy for Will….we never really got along at SNL because he took so many of my ideas, but…
He went on:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Will was into a lot of bad drug stuff and I don’t know if he still is. Actually, not true I happen to know he still is very much so.
Yikes. Is this a joke?
We can all learn something. Heh, heh. And as far as who came up with anchorman or ran SNL, who cares anymore?
Twitter followers jumped on the comments, ridiculing him for sour grapes. When folks accused him of jealousy for Ferrell’s successes, Quinn started backtracking, but still unable to resist a few more jabs.
There’s more tweets:
I could’ve been on the Office. I would’ve been the new guy that replaces Michael. And I’m like him only more so. LOL.
I show up with a red polo shirt instead of white shirt and tie.
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He tweets more…
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I could be on two and half men. The repairman that’s always over and he worships Ashton getting all the girls. “how does he do it?”
my God. stop! If this works I’m going to totally start doing this.
On the Office I’m the new boss and I invite the other guys in my office and we sing Afternoon Delight.
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If I could go on how I met your mother, I’d be the bartender that tells stupid stories. They all roll their eyes at me. Running joke.
And he goes on about a sitcom idea he has.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â And now we wait. Is it over? Will the rant pay off? Quinn has friends in high places. Jerry Seinfeld is a close friend.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He’s tight within the comedy community. Twitter streams have become books and sitcoms before. Maybe Quinn is onto something. Or maybe he needs to step away from the laptop.