Quote: Nick81 @ 23rd January 2014, 10:38 AM GMT
I know it's the authors "fault" for posting the joke in the public domain, but I have seen cases where I have seen a comedian live use a joke I know for 100% fact that another person wrote.
What I don't understand (and I do genuinely wish to find this out) is why telling a good joke you've heard others tell is so wrong? MRS Browns Boys is a very popular show, the few times I've watched it, it uses loads of old jokes, but no one cares.
to give you my example:
I posted on facebook on the 3rd Jan a quick little joke I'd made up whilst looking on Netflix for a film to watch, It was just: I can't find my DVD of "Gone In 60 Seconds" It was right here a minute ago!!!!!!
Now, last week Vic reeves starts a new sit com, its first showing something like 15th Jan, and in his show they do exactly the same joke! now I had nothing to do with it, and im fairly sure the sit com must have been recorded before I came up with it! so I could argue I wrote it, they could argue their show was recorded months ago and we would both be right, but also as that films been out years now, there's a strong possibility its been done before either of us!
My facebook page is just a load of jokes and funny observations, but there not all original, many of them are, but if I see something that makes me laugh I'll post that as well.
So why is everyone on here so down on a "old Joke" I had people on here respond like I'd just pooped in their shoes for posting a joke that someone else once said! (and in this case it was without my knowledge)
your views would be greatly appreciated (although I don't want to distract to much from the jokes being posted hear as I like them!) however at least half my stand up act is good joke ideas that I've heard over the years, translated to fit into my life and if I'm doing something wrong then there's a lot of others out there doing the same thing, but I would like to know why.
actually, my internet is so slow, you have all given very good explanations already and I agree with your points, so thank you to those psychic posters!