The Jackson cracks started coming instantly

While Michael Jackson’s work mates and fans were responding to his death en masse via Twitter, the funny crowd was typing out cracks about the day’s big story.   Even those who feel a personal sense of loss in the wake of Jackson’s death would probably get a smile out of Kevin Nealon’s Tweet awhile ago:

Been devastated for the last few days over the Ed McMahon news.  Time to pull myself together. Maybe I’ll watch some tv to cheer myself up.

Other funny people charged ahead as usual, taste considerations be damned.  For instance:

Carlos Mencia, Thursday afternoon:   Michael Jackson just died of a heart attack. When reached for comment Joe Jackson, father said “why couldn’t it be Tito”.  Too soon?

And Sarah Silverman, Thursday afternoon, put out this Tweet:  Did you hear Michael Jackson’s kids are free? That’s not nice. I’m sorry. Ugh, I feel bad for saying that. LOOK A BLUE CAR!

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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