The best unused “This American Life” pitches

Thanks to comedian Patton Oswalt, the #ThisAmericanLifeStories hashtag started to gain steam Tuesday on Twitter with some bizarre pitches. 

Mar 3, 2020, 4:39 am*


Jordan Valinsky 

Jordan Valinsky

Public radio show This American Life has a knack for finding eccentric stories that highlight how special it is to live in America. For example, did you hear that one about people with severe food allergies but eat the food anyway? Brilliant.

Twitter users, however, had their own story ideas for the program. The  #ThisAmericanLifeStories hashtag started to gain steam Tuesday afternoon with many bizarre story ideas being tweeted in mock tribute to Ira Glass and company.

The radio show’s Twitter account, @ThisAmerLife, tweeted “Why did #ThisAmericanLifeStories suddenly start trending?”

They can blame Oswalt, who started it with these two tweets: “Hats. #ThisAmericanLifeStories” and “A small, local post office. #ThisAmericanLifeStories.”

@ThisAmeriLife retorted soon after and tweeted, “Two can play this game. #pattonoswaltroles,” with Twitter users placing Oswalt in acting roles that he doesn’t quite fit in. “Guy paired with actresses who are clearly out of his league,” Kerry Gordonson tweeted.

The Daily Dot compiled 11 other funny story pitches for host Ira Glass to consider.

Photo of Ira Glass via KUER FM/Flickr

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*First Published: Jul 10, 2012, 5:42 pm