Fox News host Greg Gutfeld and comedian Patton Oswalt got into an extensive, multi-round bout on Twitter Saturday evening that provided their followers — more than 5 million combined — with much entertainment.
Oswalt is a very outspoken liberal and uses his Twitter account with its massive reach to participate in the American political discourse. On Saturday, Oswalt tweeted about his "despair" over the Senate GOP passing its tax reform bill. Oswalt wondered if there was any going back and claimed "there's no America now."
Is there any going back after this #TaxBillScam? To America? Does it matter now if Trump is impeached? There’s no A… https://t.co/QQ4IR8A9rc— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512240891.0
That's when Gutfeld, a comedian in his own right, decided to chime in, mocking Oswalt:
these parody accounts have to try harder https://t.co/zpSrKZjSl0— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512250520.0
What happened next?
What ensued next was an hourslong Twitter bout where the two took turns taking pot shots at one another's comedic fortitude and grammar.
Oswalt said in reply to Gutfeld's "parody" tweet:
Oof. Comedy pointers from Greg Gutfeld. Does this mean I can give exercise and diet tips? https://t.co/ob2vHi1Z7A— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512255924.0
Then Gutfeld countered:
See what he did there? He went on wikipedia & found out I edited Men's Health 20 years ago! Comedy gold, people! (… https://t.co/j0ndBXzv6e— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512272322.0
Oswalt hit back:
See, the joke is I'm out of shape & eat poorly, so I have no business giving out health advice. You're comparativel… https://t.co/2wVyEntPa4— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512272701.0
Gutfeld then instructed Oswalt to take a breath, further escalating the fued:
deep breathing...calm yourself. everything is going to be fine. Go outside! talk to someone! https://t.co/a8juPY8fIu— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512274375.0
The battle continued:
Next, Oswalt took a swing at a spelling error Gutfeld made in his last tweet:
"Calm down" from the guy with three exclamation points and and two typos in his Tweet. Sure Greg. Are you being cha… https://t.co/ApUIwXQIMk— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512274557.0
Gutfeld used the opportunity to give Oswalt a catchy title — "comedy sheriff":
just havin fun, comedy sheriff! the last bastion: typos! Patton Oswalt - not just a comedy cop, but a typo deputy!… https://t.co/lGlYwfaxqB— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512274952.0
Oswalt then retreated a bit:
Greg, you have the saddest "fun" I've ever seen someone have. I'm gonna let you go, this feels cruel. https://t.co/9eyeUeq9SC— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512275377.0
But Gutfeld was ready to throw down:
Damn, the comedy sheriff announces he has better things to do! Okay comedy sheriff! Ride off into the sunset! (n… https://t.co/HAeEJZlcrC— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512275786.0
Oswalt used the opportunity to rip Gutfeld's comedic chops:
You’re not a comedian. Got it. https://t.co/d84D6GMbyi— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512277214.0
Still, Gutfeld was clearly having fun — and continued to use the nickname he bestowed on Oswalt:
never said i was, comedy sheriff! And that's my point. When you're exposed for your emotional, irrational outbursts… https://t.co/OXXqYnKgfl— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512277599.0
Oswalt shot back:
I’ll try, Greg. I’ll t-try. Oh God I pruh-pruh-promise I’ll...(wracking sobs) https://t.co/GM7CaigM0D— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512277831.0
Gutfeld played out the "comedy sheriff" title a bit more — and even gave Oswalt another nickname:
BTW, I thought you, the comedy sheriff, had walked off into the sunset, with your joke lasso in hand, to rest anot… https://t.co/ZoKoEArtXd— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512277959.0
Then, Oswalt tried to claim victory:
(The sure sign of handing someone their ass: having to insist you did and adding an emoji) https://t.co/d84D6GMbyi— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512277971.0
Gutfeld followed up by throwing down the gauntlet:
I thought you went to bed. So you want me to kick your ass some more? Okay: I'll be nice: you're living in a delusi… https://t.co/dsFU1JUcBh— GregGutfeld (@GregGutfeld) 1512278535.0
But apparently the blow didn't land:
You missed me! How sweet! https://t.co/zYqfk7rHFi— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1512278053.0
Finally, hours after the exchange began, Gutfeld claimed victory:
Image source: screenshot
Oswalt never replied to Gutfeld's final tweet.