Joke thieves are everywhere. Just when you least expect it, your favorite routine that you’ve worked years to perfect is stolen. And it’s on TV nonetheless!
What do you do? Drop the joke? Confront the thief?
As long as there have been stories, there have also been “raconteurs” who have borrowed bits and pieces to embellish and call their own.
Today’s episode covers a variety of aspects of “creative interpretation” and how to deal with them.
Specifically, we talk about:
- The most famous incidents in recent history
- How to avoid joke thieves in the first place
- The benefit and risk of posting material to YouTube
- Why bookers sometime look the other way when they know a joke thief is guilty.
- Why stealing jokes won’t pay off in the long run.
- “Sideways” writing and premise theft
- How cell phones have made open mics more honest
And much, much more.
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