CBS to Sculpt Sitcom From a Twitter Feed


Can you cobble together a half-hour TV show out of the short, profane outbursts of a 73-year-old man? Well, sure, but more to the point: Will it be funny?

CBS is about to give it a shot. The network has picked up a comedy to be based on s**tmydadsays, an obscenity-laced Twitter feed launched just a few months ago, according to WSJ’s Digits blog.

The Twitter account was started by Justin Halpern, a 29-year-old writer, after he moved back in with his parents in San Diego. Halpern, who also has signed a book deal with HarperCollins, has gained a following of more than 725,000 on Twitter, the “microblogging” site that limits posts to 140 characters.

Some of the recent bon mots on s**tmydadsays include: “The baby will talk when he talks, relax. It ain’t like he knows the cure for cancer and he just ain’t spitting it out” and “Does anyone your age know how to comb their f**king hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their head and started f**king.”

Naturally, some — or nearly all — of the s**tmydadsays will need to be Bowdlerized before it’s safe for America’s airwaves. Not even Archie Bunker could have gotten away with this line: ”Son, people will always try and f**k you. Don’t waste your life planning for a f**king, just be alert when your pants are down.”

My guess: A TV show called Stuff My Dad Says will last about as long as ABC’s Cavemen, which was based on Geico’s TV commercials. In other words, s**tmydadsays is funny… but maybe only for about 30 seconds. And without the four-letter words the jokes will lose a lot of their edginess.