...or, as some people on the internet call it, joke thievery.
- •In 2010 I tweeted a joke: Window shoppers are buy curious.Not the exact words, but something like that.
- •FoD retweeted it.Back when you had to copy and paste a tweet and put RT w/the @ username in front of it.
- •I started getting a lot of @ replies.That this was a joke from Arrested Development.
- •The twist?I didn't watch Arrested Development up until this point (I subsequently got all 3 seasons at Amoeba for $15 and watched them all in 2011)
- •I didn't delete the tweet.Because I didn't feel I did anything wrong. Luckily, more people found it funny, not that many people were coming after me for this. But I was self conscious for about a week.
- •One week laterI learned the rapid nature of Twitter's cycle first hand. No one cared. I also felt so inspired that I came up with a similar joke to a critically acclaimed sitcom. It validated me a year and a half into stand-up.
- •Comedians, writers, and creatives in general are not joke thieves.Parallel thinking happens all the time. Two Truman Capote movies were made at the same time, as were Observe & Report and Paul Blart. Chances are, your idea is out there being spoken in someone else's own unique voice.
- •If they beat you to the punch, go make some more stuff, since you had one really good idea, you definitely have a million more.