Roy Wood Jr.’s #FatherFigure Trended on Twitter


On a pretty big night for comedy fans that included the HBO premiere of Pete Holmes’s “Crashing”, ’s Comedy Central special “Father Figure” exploded onto social media. Woods is a veteran stand-up known more commonly for his segments on “”, and it’s the satirical show that fueled an interesting problem within Wood; he credits “” for expanding his writing past jokes and punchlines to considering what he’s really saying with his comedy, but also the segments aren’t long enough to say everything he wants to say. “Father Figure” is the Southerner’s first hour comedy special and while it’s broadly intended as a love letter to his infant son, it’s a hilarious mixture of observational comedy and racial insights into something empowering and enlightening, depending on where you fit along America’s racial spectrum.

This is a long way of saying that “Father Figure” is exactly what a great deal of America has been craving, and Twitter was on board for the ride.

#FatherFigure began trending late Sunday night, and the responses range from earnestly appreciative to “that’s what I’ve been saying-thank you”.

That last tweet’s an oldie (for tweets), but a goodie. Wood was obviously aware of his comedy’s place in the zeitgeist and kicked things off with a special request for a lil’ old retweet.

Not all of the tweets were even inspired by racial material. People were just responding to very good material.

To cap off the night, Wood went the extra mile and retweeted his favorite tweets, responding to some.

It was just an awesome night of appreciation from fans and Wood alike.  Congratulations to Roy Wood Jr. on a great debut.

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The most notable lies Rachel Crowe has ever told were that she has 10 children (no twins), she’s running a marathon retracing the path her ancestors took to evade the IRS and that she found childcare for 10 on a Saturday night. She’s also a stand-up comedian and dog walker living in Los Angeles. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Racheddar or on Instagram @thelma_and_disease. Or don’t, but at least appreciate those fresh hot puns.