Twitter CEO Hopes to Use Chicago 'Pull' to Draw Comedy Icons to Twitter

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    In an exclusive interview on the TODAY show Friday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo hit a funny bone.

    In an exclusive interview on the TODAY show Friday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo hit a funny bone.

    The technology mogul revealed to Matt Lauer that the people he would like to see most on Twitter include female funny people Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

    Costolo, who himself is a former comedian that frequented the Windy City’s comedy scene, said he hopes to use some of his Chicago ties to get a few of the comedy icons onto the site.

    “I should be able to use some of my pull from my Chicago improvisation days to get a few of ‘em onto the platform – and I’ll make that my goal,” Costolo told Lauer.

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    It’s clear his time in Chicago’s prominent comedy realm may have colored his selection as Melissa McCarthy hails from south suburban Plainfield and Tina Fey began her career at The Second City.

    Costolo moved to Chicago shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan to work in improv and take classes at Second City.

    He credits that improv background for bringing him to his role as CEO.

    Costolo told Lauer that his comedy experience gave him the ability to react to virtually anything that happens in or outside the company.