David Thorne is an Australian humorist/satirist and “internet personality” who uses his website to post hilarious written exchanges he has with a vast spectrum of people; his unsuspecting “victims” usually seem to fall into at least one of the following categories: Uptight Government Employees; Dumb, Ignorant Rednecks; Whiny, Lazy Co-workers; and any other assortment of people with “odd” hobbies, fascinations or somewhat “creepy” tendencies; you know, those who secretly want to find “like-minded weirdos” to connect with. Eh-hem; If these guys cross David’s path, like a (seven legged) spider he’ll set the trap, and slowly draw in his prey until he’s got them just where he wants them, and they try desperately to justify all the nonsense they’ve (foolishly) put in print for the world to see. I think you can see where this is going; It’s internet voyeurism at it’s best, and David Thorne is the master ring leader.
Anyone who’s been trolling Facebook for any amount of time has probably already encountered David, or at least some of his wickedly off-beat and often cringe-inducing humour. He is the author of comedic masterpieces all which have made the rounds and been shared over and over again. If you appreciate his style, you’ll love how he uses manners and “perceived ignorance” to draw people deep into conversations where they ultimately reveal their true selves, which – as you can imagine – are often not the way they want to be seen by the world.
David has two ways of creating these hilarious exchanges – He’ll either respond to an “official” request with the wide-eyed and wondrous approach of a child, asking “Why? Why? Why?” and then going off on tangents in entirely different directions that frustrate those he’s corresponding with, who then go at great lengths to reel him in; or he’ll just respond to vulgar comments or direction with complete kindness, politeness and “perceived ignorance” – which you can probably tell is his secret weapon – which usually whips his prey into a frothed-mouth frenzy, in which they respond to, keeping the thread going, and going, and going… much to our delight! A perfect example of this is when he tried to pay an outstanding bill of $233.95 with a drawing of a seven legged spider; read the exchange here.
If you enjoyed that, below are a few of my favourites that I bet you’ll also like. Also, find David on Facebook here, or at his website. On the flip side, if you don’t appreciate his style, quit now… he’ll just piss you off no end!
- Missing Missy
- Obvious Foggot (Warning: Very vulgar, homophobic & much profanity)
- Simon’s Pie Charts (Warning: More profanity – but well worth it!)
Want more? David’s books “The Internet is a Playground” and “I’ll Go Home Then; It’s Warm, and Has Chairs” are available where else? Amazon.ca of course! Or, check out his “interview” with Oprah here… Hilarious!
Readers: What do you think of David’s humour? Like? or HATE WITH A VENGENCE?! Let us know in the comments below~!