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.