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Meet the Californian Behind the Hilarious @nexttokimdavis Twitter Account

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Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk of courts, listens to Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz as they speak with her about getting a marriage license on Sept. 2, 2015, in Morehead, Kentucky.  (Ty Wright/Getty Images)

The national hysteria over Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been, well, a godsend to late-night comedians.

It has also been an opportunity for one California comedy writer, who created the Twitter account @sitnexttokimdavis. It was inspired by the photo of a slightly stunned co-worker sitting next to Davis. And the tweets are in her voice.

I reached out to the writer with a Twitter message and he  responded right away. Then we talked by phone. He's a comedy writer in Los Angeles who asked that we use only his first name, Dave.

Dave said he started the account as a joke on a friend's Facebook page. It now has more than 91,000 followers. "Five minutes after I created it, (gay columnist) Dan Savage called it his new favorite Twitter account -- and I haven't left my computer since."

The tweets are all in the voice of Davis' co-worker, seen in a photo of the office.


"LOL MY BOSS IS IN JAIL RIGHT NOW," said one tweet.

"We're going to hide the shredder. That will drive #KimDavis crazy when she gets here," said another, after Davis was released from jail Tuesday.

Dave said he "absolutely" supports gay marriage and notes that while he was growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, his grandparents were active in the civil rights movement.

"They were also friends with Rosa Parks and, you know, to equate the two things (Davis refusing to give out marriage licenses to gay couples and Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus) is shocking to me, and little offensive," said Dave.

I asked Dave what surprised him most since the account went live.

"The thing that surprises me the most is how much more reaction I get when I mention a piece of office equipment," he said in all seriousness. "Any tweet that refers to a Xerox machine or a chair, people really, really seem to enjoy."

In the end, Dave hopes to de-escalate the whole issue by keeping it all in perspective.

"This is just one person, not a huge movement, not a huge war," Dave said. "Just one person being kind of a jerk to everybody at her work."

Dave came to L.A. five years ago from Chicago, where he worked for the legendary Second City comedy club that launched the likes of Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi. Now he teaches comedy and improv classes.

He realizes this Twitter thing going viral could be a career opportunity for him. Still, he's waiting for advice from his agent before he reveals his full identity.

"I'm not sure that's a good idea,"  he said. "I don't want to put myself out on this in a way that's not safe for me."

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