I was watching a speaker open with something really funny. I know because this speaker was opening with MY JOKE! The Internet has become a place where people post jokes and stories that their grandma emailed them and, somewhere along the line, the name of the person who wrote those jokes gets removed.
Nobody seems to care as stealing is becoming acceptable.
You tell me – is this really weird?
I got a call from a speaker who watched my acronym routine on YouTube
and requested a transcription of it. Why? Because she wanted to use
it! How lazy are you that you need additional help from the very person
you are stealing from -- to write out the routine you want to steal?
As I ripped her a new one, she was shocked and said, “It's not like it's so original.”
Now, she's dissin' the very material she thought a few minutes ago was good enough to steal!
So – here is why stealing is SO wrong:
It doesn't look good for you to do material that people have heard
elsewhere. If your grandma emailed you a joke, chances are it's gone
2. An audience will sense that material is NOT authentic to you and thus destroys credibility.
3. You are undermining your own creative process. Stealing says, "I can't create."
CAN write your own material and I can PROVE it! Comedy material is not
just relating the so-called funny things that happened to you or
memorizing Internet jokes. Comedy is where you take something that is
UNFUNNY and you do SOMETHING with it. You act it out. You compare it to
something. You discover the irony. You DO SOMETHING.
For instance: A pen is NOT funny. But let's do something with it. Answer this question:
A pen is JUST LIKE SEX BECAUSE...
Don't be scared – try it. WRITE YOUR JOKE in the comment portion.
You’ve now engaged in the creative process. You are now GIVING rather
than STEALING. Doesn't it feel good? Continue on!