You unlock this door with the key of imagination...
Those words meant a lot to me growing up. They were not just the words to the opening of my favorite television show, but they inspired me to think outside of the box.
It's probably odd to say that one of my greatest comedic influences was The Twilight Zone, but the classic twist at the end of every episode turned out to be very similar to the rule of three used in comedy. In comedy, the third thing is the zinger, the twist, the thing you didn't see coming that makes you laugh. Same with the third act in The Twilight Zone however usually a lot more introspective and even scary at times.
There was just something special about that show. Something that they have unsuccessfully tried to bring back many times but always lacked the magic.
In 1983 there was a Twilight Zone movie which was mostly disappointing, but it did have a classic moment delivered by Dan Ackroyd: "Wanna See Something Really Scary?"
A large portion of my bookshelf is an homage to The Twilight Zone.
So you can imagine my delight when @LiveTweetsGame (Part of @HashtagRoundup every Saturday at 9pm EDT) challenged Twitter with the hashtag: #LiveFromTheTwilightZone
It was a joyous nostalgia romp that lasted many hours. It was great seeing how a television show from the 1960's could still bring people together of all ages. Everyone had the opportunity to bring their favorite episodes back to life as if Twitter had existed then.
Picture if you will, tweets full of joy and memories, tweets that could only be #LiveFromTheTwilightZone
— Brickman Meddle (@mikefdupjourney) June 19, 2016
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Jeff Dwoskin is a professional comedian, avid tweeter, social media guru, and co-founder of Hashtag Roundup