Comedian blatantly steals Doug Stanhope’s material, fans revolt

By | January 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm | 47 comments | feature slider, News, Opinion | Tags: ,

If you’re a regular reader of Laughspin, there is no need to extoll on the honesty of writing one’s own comedic material as a comedian and not stealing others. We posted plenty about that in 2011. If you’re not, then know that not only is stealing jokes wrong, it’s theft of intellectual property, which is something that’s illegal in several more areas than just comedy.

With that in mind, it is notable to steal jokes and hardly cover your tracks (i.e. change wording, phrasing, etc.), especially when you steal from a comedian with big a following online. Such an incident has been taking place when one, Troy Holm was found out to be posting material written and performed by Doug Stanhope verbatim on his blog on a regular basis. Stanhope tipped off his fans on Twitter, which sparked more interest in Holm than he’s probably gotten throughout the entirety of his comedy career (he claims to be a comedian).

Currently, Troy Holm’s blog and Twitter account are down, which is probably due to the lashing out by Stanhope’s fans to everything that Troy Holm has ever posted. However, his fading into the shadows as joke thieves are oft-known to do when exposed wasn’t completely successful as Holm’s Wikipedia page had a picture of Doug Stanhope where Troy’s should be (see below). Now the page has been deleted. There’s even a Facebook page called Occupy Troy Holm that bashers of this joke thief have rallied behind.

Though Holm’s posts are no longer available to see what he stole, the two videos below show some of the bits that he posted without accrediting to Stanhope as performed by Stanhope as confirmed by his representatives. What’s more amazing is that together, those two bits alone have well over 100,000 views on YouTube, which is a really great indicator that someone randomly might discover your thievery– and Troy Holm still went and did it anyway.

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  • josh

    some comedian from comedy central strol his material about “scrunching up a womans face because she pushed you to that point” bit, and I think that’s pretty shitty
    imo

  • josh

    thwy

  • EffTroyHolm
  • http://www.briefconversations.com Brief Conversations

    I ripped off my religion from Stanhope. I hear HUGE Names using Stanhope bits all the time. Have you ever played Stanhope’s channel on Pandora? Holy Shit! Doug will plug Andy Andrist and then Andy uses the same wording as Doug in his bit… almost verbatim. Doug is the greatest comedian of all times – hands down. I have been trying to get my girl pregnant, just so we can abort the baby in Doug’s honor.

  • http://www.briefconversations.com Brief Conversations

    I ripped off my religion from Stanhope. I hear HUGE Names using Stanhope bits all the time. Have you ever played Stanhope’s channel on Pandora? Holy Shit! Doug will plug Andy Andrist and then Andy uses the same wording as Doug in his bit… almost verbatim. Doug is the greatest comedian of all times – hands down. I have been trying to get my girl pregnant, just so we can abort the baby in Doug’s honor.

  • http://www.briefconversations.com Brief Conversations

    I ripped off my religion from Stanhope. I hear HUGE Names using Stanhope bits all the time. Have you ever played Stanhope’s channel on Pandora? Holy Shit! Doug will plug Andy Andrist and then Andy uses the same wording as Doug in his bit… almost verbatim. Doug is the greatest comedian of all times – hands down. I have been trying to get my girl pregnant, just so we can abort the baby in Doug’s honor.

  • http://www.briefconversations.com Brief Conversations

    I ripped off my religion from Stanhope. I hear HUGE Names using Stanhope bits all the time. Have you ever played Stanhope’s channel on Pandora? Holy Shit! Doug will plug Andy Andrist and then Andy uses the same wording as Doug in his bit… almost verbatim. Doug is the greatest comedian of all times – hands down. I have been trying to get my girl pregnant, just so we can abort the baby in Doug’s honor.

  • http://www.briefconversations.com Brief Conversations

    I ripped off my religion from Stanhope. I hear HUGE Names using Stanhope bits all the time. Have you ever played Stanhope’s channel on Pandora? Holy Shit! Doug will plug Andy Andrist and then Andy uses the same wording as Doug in his bit… almost verbatim. Doug is the greatest comedian of all times – hands down. I have been trying to get my girl pregnant, just so we can abort the baby in Doug’s honor.

  • Steve

    I would want to see it for myself before deciding.  Apparently no one has learned a lesson from the Sid Bowfin debacle for calling out joke thieves.  PS.. Why would anyone rip off Stanhope?  He’s a guy who is going to narrowly craft jokes that are only funny if you agree with him. Carlin didn’t need you to agree with him on a joke.  It was funny regardless. How original are Stanhope’s ideas anyway?  Antidepressants are stupid? Wow.  No one else has ever thought of that.  Maybe it’s original.. the only similarity is this guy isn’t funny either.

  • Steve

    I would want to see it for myself before deciding.  Apparently no one has learned a lesson from the Sid Bowfin debacle for calling out joke thieves.  PS.. Why would anyone rip off Stanhope?  He’s a guy who is going to narrowly craft jokes that are only funny if you agree with him. Carlin didn’t need you to agree with him on a joke.  It was funny regardless. How original are Stanhope’s ideas anyway?  Antidepressants are stupid? Wow.  No one else has ever thought of that.  Maybe it’s original.. the only similarity is this guy isn’t funny either.

  • Steve

    I would want to see it for myself before deciding.  Apparently no one has learned a lesson from the Sid Bowfin debacle for calling out joke thieves.  PS.. Why would anyone rip off Stanhope?  He’s a guy who is going to narrowly craft jokes that are only funny if you agree with him. Carlin didn’t need you to agree with him on a joke.  It was funny regardless. How original are Stanhope’s ideas anyway?  Antidepressants are stupid? Wow.  No one else has ever thought of that.  Maybe it’s original.. the only similarity is this guy isn’t funny either.

  • Steve

    I would want to see it for myself before deciding.  Apparently no one has learned a lesson from the Sid Bowfin debacle for calling out joke thieves.  PS.. Why would anyone rip off Stanhope?  He’s a guy who is going to narrowly craft jokes that are only funny if you agree with him. Carlin didn’t need you to agree with him on a joke.  It was funny regardless. How original are Stanhope’s ideas anyway?  Antidepressants are stupid? Wow.  No one else has ever thought of that.  Maybe it’s original.. the only similarity is this guy isn’t funny either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/redbarradio Mike David

    No one grabbed the videos before they were taken down? 

  • http://livejamie.com livejamie

    This guy was a fireman with a blogger account, his site hasn’t even posted anything since November 2010.

    He had less than 50 people that followed his obscure blog. Now this guy is forever labeled a joke thief and people are being told to “ruin his life” – he’s not even a comedian.

    Leave the guy alone, it’s not like he was touring or trying to make money off of the content. He had a shitty blogger blog.

    If that’s grounds for having your life ruined, there’s millions more to ruin.

    • Fan

      Stanhope commented on the Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page that “To the
      few people who seem to think this is overboard…and it is…I don’t
      think that you know the levels to which this guy has been ripping me
      off. He didn’t take a tit-fuck joke and use it as a status update. He’s
      been living my entire life as though it was his, changing some names and
      then promoting with twitters… Look at his site and most the entirety
      of it is me, including the comments where he uses my stuff to pass as
      his own conversation. And on Twitter. So who is he ripping off for that
      stuff that isn’t mine?”

    • Fan

      Stanhope commented on the Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page that “To the
      few people who seem to think this is overboard…and it is…I don’t
      think that you know the levels to which this guy has been ripping me
      off. He didn’t take a tit-fuck joke and use it as a status update. He’s
      been living my entire life as though it was his, changing some names and
      then promoting with twitters… Look at his site and most the entirety
      of it is me, including the comments where he uses my stuff to pass as
      his own conversation. And on Twitter. So who is he ripping off for that
      stuff that isn’t mine?”

      • http://livejamie.com livejamie

        What site?

        • Vegasdogma

          He was referring to the blogger site. The guy had a a tumblr that was up to date and he was doing the same thing on there. He also was using other’s works on Myspace.

        • Vegasdogma

          He was referring to the blogger site. The guy had a a tumblr that was up to date and he was doing the same thing on there. He also was using other’s works on Myspace.

        • Vegasdogma

          He was referring to the blogger site. The guy had a a tumblr that was up to date and he was doing the same thing on there. He also was using other’s works on Myspace.

    • Fan

      Stanhope commented on the Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page that “To the
      few people who seem to think this is overboard…and it is…I don’t
      think that you know the levels to which this guy has been ripping me
      off. He didn’t take a tit-fuck joke and use it as a status update. He’s
      been living my entire life as though it was his, changing some names and
      then promoting with twitters… Look at his site and most the entirety
      of it is me, including the comments where he uses my stuff to pass as
      his own conversation. And on Twitter. So who is he ripping off for that
      stuff that isn’t mine?”

    • Fan

      Stanhope commented on the Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page that “To the
      few people who seem to think this is overboard…and it is…I don’t
      think that you know the levels to which this guy has been ripping me
      off. He didn’t take a tit-fuck joke and use it as a status update. He’s
      been living my entire life as though it was his, changing some names and
      then promoting with twitters… Look at his site and most the entirety
      of it is me, including the comments where he uses my stuff to pass as
      his own conversation. And on Twitter. So who is he ripping off for that
      stuff that isn’t mine?”

    • Fan

      Stanhope commented on the Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page that “To the
      few people who seem to think this is overboard…and it is…I don’t
      think that you know the levels to which this guy has been ripping me
      off. He didn’t take a tit-fuck joke and use it as a status update. He’s
      been living my entire life as though it was his, changing some names and
      then promoting with twitters… Look at his site and most the entirety
      of it is me, including the comments where he uses my stuff to pass as
      his own conversation. And on Twitter. So who is he ripping off for that
      stuff that isn’t mine?”

  • Crucificados

    I saw the blog before it was taken down.  I thought it was a bit funny that the guy had posted it back in 2010…

  • Crucificados

    I saw the blog before it was taken down.  I thought it was a bit funny that the guy had posted it back in 2010…

  • Crucificados

    I saw the blog before it was taken down.  I thought it was a bit funny that the guy had posted it back in 2010…

  • Matthew Page

    Can we please stop calling Troy Holm a ‘comedian.’  He’s a guy who knows where the copy and paste buttons are.  Stanhope Sausage Army 1, Troy Holm 0.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Flitboy Will Gibson

      while we are at it, can we stop calling carlos mencia a comedian as well?

  • joncant

    The Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page has given me a number of great laughs over the past couple of days. I recommend joining it.

  • joncant

    The Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page has given me a number of great laughs over the past couple of days. I recommend joining it.

  • joncant

    The Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page has given me a number of great laughs over the past couple of days. I recommend joining it.

  • joncant

    The Occupy Troy Holm Facebook page has given me a number of great laughs over the past couple of days. I recommend joining it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ComedyAGoGo Dave Nelson

    He was also ripping off David Cross.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ComedyAGoGo Dave Nelson

    He was also ripping off David Cross.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ComedyAGoGo Dave Nelson

    He was also ripping off David Cross.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ComedyAGoGo Dave Nelson

    He was also ripping off David Cross.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ComedyAGoGo Dave Nelson

    He was also ripping off David Cross.

  • FAQ

    Ummm, that wikipedia page doesn’t have a pic of Doug where Troy’s should be, it has Troy’s name where Doug’s should be, as it seems all of those credits are Stanhope’s. Right?

    • http://livejamie.com livejamie

      He never had a wikipedia article, somebody took Doug’s wikipedia article and placed it there with the names switched.

      • Fan

        He did have a real artilce under his name. He not only stole Dougs jokes but whole stories, bit, and experiences on the blog claiming them as his own. The joke is he Stole Dougs whole life and wants to be Doug.

        • HippyJustice

          No he didn’t, the wikipedia page was created on Tuesday.

        • HippyJustice

          No he didn’t, the wikipedia page was created on Tuesday.

      • Fan

        He did have a real artilce under his name. He not only stole Dougs jokes but whole stories, bit, and experiences on the blog claiming them as his own. The joke is he Stole Dougs whole life and wants to be Doug.

      • Fan

        He did have a real artilce under his name. He not only stole Dougs jokes but whole stories, bit, and experiences on the blog claiming them as his own. The joke is he Stole Dougs whole life and wants to be Doug.

      • Fan

        He did have a real artilce under his name. He not only stole Dougs jokes but whole stories, bit, and experiences on the blog claiming them as his own. The joke is he Stole Dougs whole life and wants to be Doug.

      • Fan

        He did have a real artilce under his name. He not only stole Dougs jokes but whole stories, bit, and experiences on the blog claiming them as his own. The joke is he Stole Dougs whole life and wants to be Doug.

  • http://twitter.com/FilthyPazuzu Ƒɩƪţħƴ Ƿɑɀųɀų

    Wow. Ripping off Stanhope? That was a poor choice. “Rabid” would be a good description of his fans.