Newfie Hulk checking tweets on his iPhone on the Fort Amherst wharf recently. — Submitted photo
You won’t like him when he’s angry ... or maybe you will. If you’re on Twitter or you’re a fan of reading online comments posted on media sites, you’ll certainly know Newfie Hulk. With his Incredible Hulk-style grammar written in all-caps, he offers daily bits of Hulk wisdom, hilarious observations, puns, and even commentaries on political issues and the goings-on of this province.
Sometimes his words are insightful, sometimes they’re genuine valid commentaries, and usually they’re hilarious.
- “OK WHAT HULK DO WRONG? CALL MP JACK HARRIS CELL PHONE WHEN SEE HIM ON CPAC IN PARLIAMENT. HULK JUST WANT TO SAY HEY JACK YOU ON TV WHADD’YA AT.” Or, “ONLY BANK NEWFIEHULK CAN REALLY RELY ON AM FOG BANK.”
- “IF BALLOT WERE SCRATCH N SNIFF WE PROBABLY GET MORE YOUNG PEOPLE VOTE IN ELECTION BUT DONT PUT POLITICIAN SMELL, PUT STRAWBERRY & LEMON MAYBE,” he tweeted earlier this month.
NewfieHulk originally came to life to smash trolls, says his creator.
“It started on The Scope website. When someone was acting like a troll or coming out with some really aggressive comments, I wanted to say something. I made this mask to poke fun at them, to troll the trollers, basically,” he said.
“Since then, it’s changed into something else — it’s like a catalogue of what it’s like to be a Newfoundlander.”
Newfie Hulk’s tweets and comments are full of references to Newfoundlandia, from fishing and fog to pineapple Crush — and people seem to love it.
He’s got his own Facebook page, and close to 800 Twitter followers, including local politicians and journalists, and is often retweeted by National Post political columnist Andrew Coyne.
Just this week he was named by online newspaper The Daily Dot as one of the Top 7 best Incredible Hulk Twitter accounts. There are more than 100, including DrunkHulk, FeministHulk, GrammarHulk and HulkMayor, the latter a parody of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
Newfie Hulk’s creator is a little surprised at his character’s popularity, but said he understands where it comes from.
“Politics and characters go hand-in-hand,” he explained.
“Like with the open-line shows — these characters, in some ways, steer debate, even though they may be far-fetched or way out there. Like the Moon Man, who totally recognized that he was a character.
“The role of characters is really important in political discourse, but I’m just making jokes,” he said, laughing.
The creator has decided, even though he plans to continue writing as Newfie Hulk, that it’s time to unveil himself.
Read on to find out more about Newfie Hulk and to learn who is behind the green mask and sou’wester.
What is your full name?
Newfie Hulk full name am Newfie Whaddy’at b’y Hulk. Some say Newfie Hulk first name offensive to Newfoundlander, but former premier for life Danny William say Newfie joke am dead so Newfie Hulk not know what big problem am b’ys, shag off.
Where and when were you born?
Real Newfie Hulks am not born! Real Newfie Hulks am made! And in more literal sents than normal human beans! Because Newfie Hulk just sort of appear out of thin air on Internet one day.
Where is home today?
Newfie Hulk live in town! But rent in town too expensive at moment so Newfie Hulk have to live on the Twitter. Booming real estate market make it best exist only virtual.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Newfie Hulk have plan for branch out from Twitter and into 3-D Imax feature film movie! That probably not going to happen because fair use argument for Hulk copyright only stretch so far. Also Newfie Hulk not sure how Newfie Hulk am going top “Avengers.”
What is your favourite meal?
Newfie Hulk favourite meal am Jigg’s moose burger flipper pie scruncheon fee and chee with jam-jam dressing and bottle rabbit gravy all wrap in touton dough and deep fry in pork riblet fat serve with side of big zig with Screech and pineapple crush cocktail. Mmm!
What is your greatest regret?
Newfie Hulk deeply regret not set up roadside stall for sell piece of overpass when it was tore down! Hulk pass up good opportunity! Ha ha ha! Pass! Get it? Ha ha!
What is your least favourite word?
Sometimes it little bit irritating for Newfie Hulk when people pronounce “what” as “wha”! Especially when they little bit drunk!
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Andy Jones with voice of John Efford with him hands cup over him mouth.
If you were premier, what’s the first thing you’d do?
Hulk have tourism plan for make residents dress as mummer mandatory all time! Some people halfway mummer already wear pyjama bottom in public and underwear on outside so Hulk think this idea not so far from realm of possible.
If you could visit or live in another time, when would that be and why?
Newfie Hulk would go back just before when Newfie Hulk am lock keys in car and am stranded at Toys “R” Us for one hour last week.
What was the most vivid dream you’ve ever had?
Probably that one time when Newfie Hulk dream that all matter am energy condense to slow vibration, life am only dream, no such thing as death, and we am imagination of ourselves. Then Bill Hicks in Karl Wells moustache give weather forecast and Hulk wake up.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Newfie Hulk am right deadly at bingo dabbing.
What is your most treasured possession?
Probably Nanny Hulk’s old bingo dabber collection.
Who inspires you?
Funny people! They all over the place here! What they put in Windsor Lake for do that?
Who is one person, living or deceased, you’d love to have lunch with?
It not having lunch exactly but Newfie Hulk would really enjoy see what happen if Joey Smallwood, Geoff Stirling, Ray Guy, “Open Line” Moon Man and entire cast of “Codco” am lock in room at Delta with bowl Kool-Aid together. Newfie Hulk think them might be able figure out important complicated question, like essence of what it mean be Newfoundlander. Or maybe solve mystery of dark matter.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Newfie Hulk definitely buy 2 million pull tabs! Double or nothing!
What was one act of rebellion you committed as a youth?
Newfie Hulk accidentally travel back in time to 1892 and burn down St John’s. Sorry! Am learn lesson not play with match.
What was your favourite year?
Hulk like this year. It pretty good so far. No span worm.
What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
This interview probably.
Do you have an alter-ego?
No! Well, maybe. Before be exposed to gamma radiation, Newfie Hulk was editor of alternative newspaper in town named The Scope! And name am Elling Lien from Portugal Cove! But that long time ago. Hulk barely remember those day now. Life much more interesting now!