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The Old Kanye Was Actually Pretty Funny

“I could never do stand up cause I tell jokes better when I’m sitting.”

Curt Tagtmeier



I own a t-shirt that has a tweet by Kanye West printed on it: “I understand that you don’t like me but you need to understand that I don’t care.”

This post by Mr. West perfectly describes his attitude towards Twitter. His tweets can be controversial, crazy, weird, maddening, and/or vague, but they can also be downright hilarious and entertaining. Some of his funniest tweets from way back in 2010 have stood the test of time. Let’s call it Kanye West’s Twitter Golden Age.

  • September 2010: “Man…ninjas are kind of cool…I just don’t know any personally.” He is spot on about ninjas because they are really cool. Now, I wish I actually knew one. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with a ninja?
  • October 2010: “I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.” In a similar observation, I always hate receiving the abundance of ice that goes with the complimentary beverage. Now, I have to be responsible for all this ice in my cup before we land. I feel you Yeezy.
  • August 2010: “Fur pillows are hard to actually to sleep on.” This is good advice if I am ever in the market for new pillows. I will definitely think twice about making a fur pillow purchase next time I’m at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
  • August 2010: “Do you know where to find marble conference tables? I’m looking to have a conference…not until I get the table though.” Yes, Mr. West, I wholeheartedly agree that the most important part of any conference are the tables. The theme and keynote speaker of any conference is irrelevant, if the tables are not marble. I am wondering if he was planning a conference about marble conference tables? Hmm…
  • July 2010: “I specifically ordered persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple persian rug with cherub imagery uuuugggh.” I am thinking at the time of this tweet that Kanye had not been introduced to a little site called Etsy. I bet that site definitely had someone selling persian rugs with cherub imagery. That is such a popular kind of rug when you think about it.

I believe that Ye had a future as a stand-up comedian based upon some of his early tweets. Although he did eventually address this possibility in another tweet. “I could never do stand up cause I tell jokes better when I’m sitting.” Even Kanye throws a dud out there every once in a while.

Yet, I really do miss the old Kanye. He was a pretty funny dude.

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Curt Tagtmeier is a writer and librarian hailing from Chicago, Illinois. He has a Master’s degree in history and library science. He is currently writing a music series entitled Chances Are Music Is All I Got, which began in May 2017 available on Amazon. The series aims to review 100 live premium concerts by May 2019. Mr. Tagtmeier is currently on 80 shows so far. You can follow this journey on Instagram @chancethebook11 and his Tumblr blog, How Am I Not In The Strokes Yet. When he isn’t writing or listening to great music, Curt is most likely sleeping.

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