Joke Theft

Some articles on joke theft, jokes, joke:

Hack (comedy) - History
... From the music hall and vaudeville beginnings of stand-up comedy, joke theft was common as there were few chances that a performer from one area would meet one from another and a ... Most jokes at the time were one-liners and there was little in the way of proof of a joke's origin, but the value of each joke was immeasurable to a comedian ... that Milton Berle had stolen some of his jokes ...

Famous quotes containing the words theft and/or joke:

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