First ever interview with @BPGlobalPR
In the aftermath of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this summer and the subsequent inept response by BP, a Twitter account “@BPGlobalPR” became an overnight retweeted sensation. Parodying a faceless corporate PR spokesperson, this anonymous writer began tweeting on May 19, and Journalists, bloggers, and Tweeters quickly ate them up. Unsurprisingly, it soon became a popular parlor game to out the author behind these sharply and hilarious composed tweets. The Awl scored the first interview ever with BP’s Twitter archnemsis: 26-year-old comedian Josh Simpson.
Awl: So who are you?
@BPGlobalPR: I’m Josh Simpson, I’m a comedian based out of Los Angeles. Before all this, I was a producer and writer for Funny or Die. I’ve done some acting on “Reno 911,” the short-lived “Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”. I perform regularly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) theater on an improv team, and I write for a sketch show and a talk show there as well.
Awl: Were you doing this all by yourself?
@BPGlobalPR: No, not at all. The idea was mine, and all the long form writing, talks, and speeches were me. But a lot of tweets–a lot of my favorite tweets–weren’t mine. I edited and maybe tweaked some of them, but there’s no way I would have been able to come up with the quality or volume of jokes without a good team. We had about 15 people, and those writers deserve a lot of the credit. Some contributed every day. My dad did one, even. I sent him a message and told him about it, and I was like, “fuck, I’m not sure what he’ll think.” But he responded immediately with a joke.
It was nice to create something that could be inclusive with people’s frustrations. I made it purposefully non-partisan for that reason. As much as I could, I mean. When you’ve got Joe Barton grovelling on the House floor, I had to say something about that.