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Comedy Twitter feed lands TV deal

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The feed began in August after Halpern moved back in with his parents

A Twitter feed featuring pearls of wisdom from a 73-year-old father could become a family comedy on US TV.

Justin Halpern, 29, has become an internet star with more than 700,000 followers since he began posting his father's often profane words of wisdom.

The comments include: "The baby will talk when he talks, relax. It ain't like he knows the cure for cancer and he just ain't spitting it out."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Halpern will co-write the CBS project.

The trade paper also reports that Halpern will be a co-executive producer and that the creators of Will and Grace, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, are on board to develop the comedy.

It will then become a pilot before executives decide whether to turn it into a series.

Halpern already has a book deal with Harper Collins - he will co-write the TV project and will also be a co-executive producer.

Halpern moved back in with his parents in San Diego in August and began the Twitter feed based on daily conversations with his dad soon after.

Here are some of Mr Halpern Snr's words of wisdom:

• "Oh please, you practically invented lazy. People should have to call you and ask for the rights to lazy before they use it."

• "Just pay the parking ticket. Don't be so outraged. You're not a freedom fighter in the civil rights movement. You double parked."

• "Don't touch the bacon, it's not done yet. You let me handle the bacon, and I'll let you handle... whatever it is you do. I guess nothing."

• "Your mother made a batch of meatballs last night. Some are for you, some are for me, but more are for me. Remember that. More. Me."

• "Why would I want to check a voicemail on my cell phone? People want to talk to me, call again. If I want to talk to you, I'll answer."

• "I turn the kitchen faucet on and the shower burns you, yes, I get it... No, I'm not gonna stop, I'm just saying yes, I get that concept."



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