Elijah Daniel

Elijah Daniel

Comedian and author of Trump Temptation: The Billionaire & The Bellboy

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON June 17, 2016

Discussion

Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
Elijah Daniel is a comedian, and author of the best selling novel Trump Temptation. He's also known for doing really dumb/funny/viral things (here's a rundown in one epic tweet thread). More recently in the wake of the Orlando Shooting, Elijah started using his platform to amplify the voices that need to be heard and opening his DMs to anyone that needs to talk. He received over 500 DMs within 15 minutes (read more about that in his Open Letter to LGBT Kids) on Fusion. Question for Elijah: If there was one thing you could share from your experience with everyone from the LGBT community, what would it be?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@nivo0o0 to just keep going, and live life the best you can. Stop caring so much what people think, nothing good ever comes of that. Just be the best you. I sound like gay Oprah, but it's really the only way to live. Worry less about people's thoughts of you, and more about what makes you happy.
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Andreas Klinger
Andreas Klinger@andreasklinger · Tech at Product Hunt 💃
Elijah you are pretty much my personal hero of the month I love how you help teenagers coming out to their parents. The messages of the tweets you are sharing are just amazing. Can you tell us a bit more about what kind of discussions you have with those teenagers? What is their typical concern and background. I can't even imagine being too scared to be honest to my parents. What is usually a turning point in their motivation? What gives them the last bit needed confidence. Also how can others help friends/relatives in similar situations?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@andreasklinger A bunch of the concerns and questions have been related to coming out, and how to do it. But the majority of the questions weren't questions at all, they were just kids who have a voice and want to be heard. They just needed someone to listen to. My advice for helping friend and relatives in similar situations would be to just listen.
Andreas Klinger
Andreas Klinger@andreasklinger · Tech at Product Hunt 💃
Minor question You paid 5 USD to send 100 tweets to an homophobic hate speech pastor [1] First of all: can i somehow pay you those 5 usd back as donation? Second: Was there any aftermath? [1] https://twitter.com/aguywithnoli...
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@andreasklinger no need for that. I would have paid $105 to do that. So worth every penny.
Sydney Liu
Sydney Liu@sydney_liu_sl · Co-Founder of Commaful.com
Hey Elijah, Amazing book and work with social media! How do you come up with all of the ideas that you do? You manage to stun and dazzle with clever, funny, and random things (such as your recent tattoo). What goes into each of those ideas? How do you come up with them and how do you then execute on it to make it viral? Congrats! Sydney Liu https://commaful.com/
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@sydney_liu_sl mostly just stupidity, tbh. I don't plan anything, I just do stuff as soon as it pops into my head. Try things. Try all the things. For every one thing of my that's successful there was 100 other terrible ideas that didn't go well, so just keep testing and trying things.
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@stephentbiz @sydney_liu_sl I love Commaful!
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Is there a line you won't cross? If yes, where do you draw that line?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@andrewett if there's a line I won't cross, I haven't found it yet.
Ryan Mckenzie
Ryan Mckenzie@ryan_mckenzie · No, nigga
Are you a top or a bottom
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@ryan_mckenzie come find out.
Ryan Mckenzie
Ryan Mckenzie@ryan_mckenzie · No, nigga
@aguywithnolife on my way, daddy
abby
abby@daftbucky · Fan
Do you think one day you'll get a personal date with Trump?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@daftbucky I want to interview him and ask how many rats live in his toupee.
Ryan Mckenzie
Ryan Mckenzie@ryan_mckenzie · No, nigga
If Donald Trump paid you $5,000,000 dollars just to use you as a cum rag on a live cam, would you do it?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@ryan_mckenzie donald trump is his own cum rag.
jack rometty
jack rometty@rometty_ · student
would you rather fight 100 duck sized trumps or one horse shaped trump?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@rometty_ both of those sound equally as terrifying as the other.
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Who are your favorite comedians?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@tomstocklein right now Bo Burnham & Tom Segura are both very, very funny.
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
What are you proudest of, outside of your comedy career?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@andrewett that as a 22 year old I've been able to build and manage companies, got myself to California, and directly after this chat going to look at my first house. Idk, I'm pretty proud of myself for that. I'm still trash, but I'm kinda making something of myself. I like that.
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
Elijah! I love you. You're amazing. 😀 Been reading your twitter for awhile. But I feel like I don't really know anything about you. Can you fill us in? How'd you get to where you are today? 🌟 What do you want to do in the next year?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@mscccc I started my Twitter account when I was super young, my grandma had a heart attack and needed 24/7 care, I have 8 siblings, but none of them were able to do it full time, so we all took turns. I was living with her 5 days a week to help take care of her and all we did was watch Lifetime network ALL. DAY. It got boring, so I started telling jokes on the internet. That's kinda how everything started.
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@mscccc For the next year, I'm working on several different projects. I have a show being repped by CAA about social media called 'Social', I created a series for charity called Givit that we'll be announcing VERYYYY soon, I'll be hosting that with some awesome guests like The Rock, Joe Manganiello, Steve-O, etc. It's going to be a weekly live telethon with insane stunts and games. It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm also working with an app called AskTheInternet.com, which is a platform for asking the internet any questions, and a cannabis lifestyle magazine called The Kind. I work a lot, but it's a lot of fun.
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
@aguywithnolife @mscccc wow! Busy times ahead :)
liam
liam@liamucifer
how do u like ur memes
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@liamucifer deep fried.
liam
liam@liamucifer
@aguywithnolife i was hoping you'd say "i take them black, like my men"
Ryan Mckenzie
Ryan Mckenzie@ryan_mckenzie · No, nigga
How old were you when you realized you were gay? When did you come out and were people accepting?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@ryan_mckenzie I was maybe like 13 when I realized it. I didn't come out till around 2 years ago. I was sort-of outed, but yeah I was very lucky and everyone was very supportive.
Ryan Mckenzie
Ryan Mckenzie@ryan_mckenzie · No, nigga
@aguywithnolife That's great. I'm glad so bc, it's reaaaally tough. Who outed you? I made my therapist tell my parents lmao
Spencer | Lady Gaga
Spencer | Lady Gaga@sg_singleton · Student
What are your thoughts on Donald Trump's recent comments about the LGBT community?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@sg_singleton Trump is a gross, delirious, narcissistic trash monster who has convinced himself he is supported by the gay community. He isn't.
Ask The Internet
Ask The Internet@asktheinternet · Ask The Internet
Elijah, what advice would you give to a person trying to build a social media presence today. How do you stand out and get noticed?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@asktheinternet that 'stand out' part is my advice. find what you're good at, your niche, and then find a way to use it in a way that other people aren't. be different, be weird, be crazy, whatever it is, and go from there. figure out what you want your audience to be, and find your way of connecting with them.
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Elijah thanks for joining us today! If one sentence could sum up your life motto - what would it be?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@ems_hodge "alright fuck it, I'll do it."
alyssa tennant
alyssa tennant@plantsandmoosic
What stemmed your hate for Trump? And what will you do if he gets elected?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@plantsandmoosic nothing, I don't hate him. I just hate everything he stands for, his hair, his face, the way he talks to people, his politics, you know, everything else. If he wins then I'll just continue to roast him, AND I'll have a tattoo of our president sucking a dick so that's kinda rad.
Jacqueline von Tesmar
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
Who would you invite to dinner, dead or alive, and why?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@jacqvon the king of hip-hop, MattyBRaps, so he could freestyle for me.
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
What have been some defining moments in your life that have helped shape the way approach any issues / hurdles you face today?
Elijah Daniel
Elijah Daniel@aguywithnolife · Comedian, Writer
@ems_hodge this week was definitely a defining moment in my life. it was a very sad, angry, emotional week. it made me gayer, and closer with a lot of people. it made me understand a lot more people's pain, and how to handle it. and mostly made me realize how you never know what people are going through, I've had people I've known for years via Twitter coming out to me, telling me their issues. You've heard it a million times, but you really don't have any idea what other people are going through so just fuckin be nice to everyone.