With its 140-character limit, Twitter is a perfect medium for humour delivered in quick, inspired bursts. These 10 tweeters bring the funny, and then some. Follow PC Advisor at Twitter.com/PCAdvisor.

Micro-blogging site Twitter is not only a great source of entertainment, it can be very funny too. The 140 character limit makes it perfect medium for humour delivered in quick, inspired bursts.

For a few weeks now, I've been compiling a list of people who are consistently funny on Twitter. I consulted friends and followers, fellow journalists, existing 'Funny People on Twitter' lists (there are many), and even a few of my comedian friends.

What I found were a lot of 'funny' Tweeters who are consistently self-deprecating, angry (sorry @LouisCK), self-promoting (sorry @joelmchale), needy, or rude (sorry @sarahsilverman), but not consistently funny.

I also found some Tweeters who have obviously found their voice in this new medium, and are having a ball writing for it every day.

Fair warning. If you are offended by coarse language please don't click through to the Twitter feeds I've marked R-rated.

1. Sh*t My Dad Says (@sh*tmydadsays)

Rating: R, for chronic F-word usage.

Followers: 485,722 followers

Twitter bio: Name: Justin I'm 29. I live with my 73-year-old dad. He is awesome. I just write down sh*t that he says.

This one may be a little overexposed, but it's simply the funniest Twitter feed I've seen to date. The bio information on the account sets it up perfectly, so I'll say no more.

Tweets:
"You know, sometimes it's nice having you around. But now ain't one of those times. Now gimmie the remote we're not watching this bullsh*t."

"I turn the kitchen faucet on and the shower burns you, yes, I get it... No, I'm not gonna stop, I'm just saying yes, I get that concept."

2. Bad Banana (@badbanana)

Rating: PG

Followers: 52,020

Twitter bio: Sometimes I just want to give it all up and become a handsome billionaire.

Tim Siedell (aka badbanana) is a regular guy/family man who found his funny on Twitter. He tweets a lot, and almost every tweet is funny. Check out his feed. The dude is a one-liner machine.

Tweets:
"One of these days, our kids will realise we're saddling them with massive debt. So let's act now and raise the voting age."

"My wife and daughters are sick. It occurs to me that flu immunity might be tied to sports trivia knowledge."

"I think @peeweeherman is using a ghostwriter. Read his tweets and you'll pick up the unmistakable writing style of Chairy."

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3. Stephen Colbert (@stephenathome)

Rating: PG; doesn't tweet anything (much) he wouldn't say on TV.

Followers: 1,082,754

Twitter bio: [none]

Now here's a surprise: Stephen Colbert's Twitter feed is funny! Colbert has surely succeeded Howard Stern as America's new King of All Media.

Tweets:
"Happy 60th birthday communist china. fyi - in America that's traditionally the debt-forgiving anniversary."

"if a clown offers you a hamburger, and it's not ronald mcdonald, do not eat the hamburger. learned that the hard way."

"if the undead get born again, do they cancel each other out?"

4. Meeting Boy (@meetingboy)

Followers: 1,571

Rating: PG; worst word I could find was 'whore'.

Twitter bio: Say or do something stupid in a meeting and I'll tweet it

If you liked Mike Judge's movie Office Space, chances are you'll get a kick out of Meeting Boy. He simply tweets about meetings and the funny/stupid things people do in them - and in the workplace in general. It's essentially a funny-because-it's-true chronicle of the everyday bull and doublespeak we have to endure at the great tragic sitcom we star in every day at work.

Tweets:
"Two weeks left on a tight deadline. 'Starting Monday the team will meet every day for status.' Problem solved!"

"I hope the unexplained emergency that forced you to be out of the office Thursday through Tuesday went OK. Also, nice tan."

"Senior management announces that Account Management is now called 'Idea Management', but somehow I'm the bad guy for yelling 'April Fools!'"

5. Baron Vaughn (@barvonblaq)

Rating: PG; some adult language.

Followers: 1,137

Twitter bio: The Man. The Myth. Definitely a Myth.

Vaughn is an actor and comedian. He tweets funny, and seems tuned into the tech stuff, too.

Tweets:
"I wanna punch the Palm Pre redheaded girl in the translucent face."

"Just added 'Blaxploitation' to Word's and Firefox's dictionary. They both just got cooler. iPhone knew it already."

6. Not Gary Busey (@GaryJBusey)

Rating: R; scattered foul language, sexual references.

Followers: 6259

Twitter bio: I'm the patron saint of headbutts.

Here's a fake Twitter account set up for Gary Busey. It's a rapid-fire pun-fest, and not all of the puns are funny. Still, Gary is far funnier on this Twitter feed than he is in real life, and every bit as angry and eccentric, too.

Tweets:
"I'm starting an online community for cats called 'Tenth Life'"

"I plugged in the Duck Hunt gun and played the Beatles' Rockband game as Mark David Chapman."

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7. John Hodgman (@hodgman)

Rating: PG

Followers: 2,002

Twitter bio: hodgman=expert.

Yep, the guy in the Apple ads. He's pretty funny on Twitter, too. He spends a lot of tweets replying to his followers, but often has funny and clued-in things to say about technology.

Tweets:
"@randomtweeter I can never be disappointed. You know I find your insane zune loyalty to be strangely touching."

"Table tent in this studio cafeteria reveals that the annual health fair is sponsored by cold stone and fatburger."

8. Tremendous News! (@tremendousnews)

Rating: PG

Followers: 8,950

Twitter bio: Don't follow me if you're really-really smart. You know when your math teacher asked you to carry the 1? I still don't know what that means.

Tremendous News is first and foremost a humour site about culture and technology, and its Twitter feed consists of highly concentrated bits of the humourous stuff posted on the website.

Tweets:
"Please unfollow me if you're lactose intolerant. What? Dairy's too gross for you? Divas."

"5 Ways Cougars Can Use Twitter To Find Prey. http://bt.io/Egu"

"Microsoft Word is reporting that I write at a fifth grade level. Pfft. I'm way smartyer than that."

9. Arj Barker (@arjbarker)

Rating: PG; occasional foul language.

Followers: 24,789

Twitter bio: Wasssuuuuuuuuuuupppp!!!

Barker, perhaps most famous for his appearances in Flight of the Conchords and The Marijuana-Logues, is an always-working, always-traveling comic who likes to tweet his travels and gigs. Sprinkled in are Arj's unique thoughts on, well, just about everything.

Tweets:
"My email ain't workin today at all. No email. Anyone else? I hate to think of all the awesome deals on Viagra i'm missing!!! :"0"

"In Amsterdam. Up at 6 am cus the joggers outside woke me up. Bloody wooden running shoes! ;0"

"Here is a small business which was almost certainly founded by Satan. http://twitpic.com/bu8xe"

10. Fake Michael Bay (@fakemichaelbay)

Rating: PG

Followers: 928

Twitter bio: Better than you. (Not affiliated with the real michael bay)

I have no idea who dreamed up this account, but its portrayal of a massive ego that loves to tweet never fails to satisfy.

The real Michael Bay is the macho Hollywood director/producer who brought us such landmark films as Transformers and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning .

And Fake Michael Bay has no end of fun making light of the many clichés on which (real) Bay's movie plots - and public persona - rest. (Fake Michael Bay would have ranked much higher on this list, but the most recent tweet in the feed dates back to May!)

Tweets:
"FYI: Bullets cannot hit you if you are either laying down or in a convertible."

"Some people say that my hyper-masculinity is overcompensation for my betrayed homoerotic leanings fueled by 180mph car crashes. My Answer: ?"

"No homeless guy, I do not have any spare money. Particularly after spending $175 on this Whole Foods Salad."

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  2. Stephen Colbert, Meeting Boy and Baron Vaughn
  3. John Hodgman, Tremendous News and Arj Barker
  4. An honourable mention

With its 140-character limit, Twitter is a perfect medium for humour delivered in quick, inspired bursts. These 10 tweeters bring the funny, and then some. Follow PC Advisor at Twitter.com/PCAdvisor.

Honourable Mention: Shaquille O'Neal (@THE_REAL_SHAQ)

Rating: PG

Followers: 2,366,677

Twitter bio: VERY QUOTATIOUS, I PERFORM RANDOM ACTS OF SHAQNESS

Shaq's feed seems just as authentic as Sh*t My Dad Says, and he uses cool words like 'quotatious'. Shaq being Shaq is just inherently funny.

Tweets:

"To all twitterers, if us c me n public come say hi, we r not the same we r from twitteronia, we connect"

"what shud i be for halloween?" [Imagine Shaq in front of you asking you that question.]

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  1. There tweets are guaranteed to make you laugh
  2. Stephen Colbert, Meeting Boy and Baron Vaughn
  3. John Hodgman, Tremendous News and Arj Barker
  4. An honourable mention