The brilliant Comedy by the Numbers joke scientists Gary Rudoren and Eric Hoffman have made a short little PSA about joke stealing.
My favorite part: the casually referenced imaginary (or at least, underpublicized) feud between Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Breuer. And because they transposed the accused and the accuser in the previous two examples, you have no idea who’s supposedly stealing from who. Well, you have some idea.
And you should check out the Comedy by the Numbers book. It’s everything I fear this blog will become one day - pedantic, formulaic, pretentious - except it’s funny.