Joke Theft

Some articles on joke theft, jokes, joke:

Hack (comedy) - History
... 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 ... 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 ... accusation that Milton Berle had stolen some of his jokes ...

Famous quotes containing the words theft and/or joke:

    Men are not therefore put to death, or punished for that their theft proceedeth from election; but because it was noxious and contrary to men’s preservation, and the punishment conducing to the preservation of the rest, inasmuch as to punish those that do voluntary hurt, and none else, frameth and maketh men’s wills such as men would have them.
    Thomas Hobbes (1579–1688)

    At bottom, to be colored means that one has been caught in some utterly unbelievable cosmic joke, a joke so hideous and in such bad taste that it defeats all categories and definitions.
    James Baldwin (1924–1987)