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Exactly the same? The WKUK piece touched on duration, but it was more about doing it in a slow, graphic style. Glass' was simply was about keeping going with it. I have absolutely no trouble believing there was no theft here.
Thats just two basically similar bits covering the same topic.
now HERE is a joke thief - UFC fighter, bigoted republican politician and horrible fraud Chael Sonnen butchers and bungles a familiar bit about teleportation (at about 2 minutes)
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Who is the comedian who does a bit about weddings really being "penis funerals?"
Someone is selling it as a shirt. Maybe it's even him? hard to say.
Also, I asked if anyone knew the story about a joke before but no one replied. It's the joke Jeff Ross did many years ago about his grandma or aunt or something dying at a very old age and people asking what she died of. Larry the Cable Guy has done the joke almost verbatim. Anyone know what I'm referring to?
I remember Jeff Ross doing the joke you refer to on Dr. Katz.
"She died jumping out of an airplane."
or something like that
Ross does a rendition of it around 1:30. Lord forgive me, but I can't seem to find Larry doing it. Anyone happen to know what it was on?
There is a Nick Swardson joke that mentions telling a friend that his grandma died flipping her Corvette. Not really the same comeback with sarcasm that is in Ross' joke but same idea of old people dying with some crazy adventure instead of natural causes.
At about 3:00
or DON'T believe me!
Mitch Hedberg stole that "the kitkat imprint is stealing chocolate" bit from me... but to his credit, I was nine, fat, and dead serious.
It's honestly the most frustrating thing about stand up. You can't see what everyone is doing. Especially when you do stand up for a long time. I have been doing it 15 years. I physically can't watch it I am so burnt out. I have had similar areas as other comics. Jeff Ross is a good friend and I didn't mean to tread in his water. It went with my grandma joke organically. I have never stolen a bit. That's not why I got into comedy. But it's really frustrating and has deterred me a little from continuing stand up. Especially with people online who are comedy savvy and so quick to call people thieves (which some people might be). It's the worst thing you can be. It's just tough to come up with a premise that has never been touched. That's why I try to tell more stories. If someone steals a story about my mom. Then it's pretty obvious.
I've got some stories about your mom.
Mom jokes are always funny.
With all the pods I've been listening to, I've been sort of an unintentional student of stand up, minus the 3k class. A recurring theme I've heard is comics avoiding watching other guys sets, but that shit works it's way in, on a subconscious level even, I'd imagine. Clearly some people do thieve bits, but I think the nature of these guys is to observe, and if something strikes them as funny, it gets tucked away, and some day, in the heat of the moment it comes out organically and without the intention of taking someone's bit. I don't envy them. You'd almost have to watch EVERYTHING just to ensure you're not seeing things from the same perspective.
The concept of "parallel thought" gets mentioned from time to time when the topic of joke stealing comes up, but I think it deserves to be brought up more often. We comedy nerds are very quick to call "thief" when a comedian does a joke/bit that's similar to one we've already heard before, but I'm trying to be less quick to judge.
As big a fan I am of Nick's (and I'm aware he may read this) when I saw his CC special and heard him do a bit about how, according to posted signs at airport security, bombs aren't allowed on planes anymore... well, it reminded me of another certain comic's bit. The thing is, however, that just the premise was similar. The observation is shared. The jokes themselves, or the humor derived from such a shared experience, is what sets the two bits apart. Obviously, being a travelling comedian lends itself to certain specific common encounters.
Remember airline food?
While we may be quick to pounce on comedians who do bits that seem stolen (or at least derivative,) I've noticed that "AST-approved" comics seem to get a free pass.
How has this not been mentioned yet (begins at 4:56):
compared to (begins at 2:30):
Again, airports are a common thread among comedians, so I'm happy to assume parallel thought here. Same thing goes with Gaffigan's joke about being too lazy to finish reading a front-page newspaper article when it says, "continued on page..." Brian Regan does a similar joke.
Speaking of Regan, my co-worker saw him live a week ago and raved about this new joke Regan does about how he's at the age now when doctors don't fix anything; you just live with the shitty knee you now have.
In all fairness, CK's bit was about his ankle.
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